NBC Sacks Today Show Host Matt Lauer Over Sexual Misconduct

NBC News has fired breakfast show host Matt Lauer after a detailed complaint surfaced about inappropriate sexual behaviour from a colleague.

The host of the network’s Today Show was terminated after an investigation into the complaint revealed Mr Lauer had broken NBC regulations.

Mr Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie announced the news on Wednesday’s show, just one week after CBS News terminated Charlie Rose following complaints from several women who worked for him.

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the network received the complaint on Monday night but did not give details of the alleged misconduct.

However, a review revealed Mr Lauer’s actions clearly violated company standards.

The complaint was the first for Lauer, but Mr Lack said in a memo to staff that “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

The memo did not indicate who made the accusation.

“We are deeply saddened by this turn of events,” the memo said.

“We will face it together as a news organisation – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”

Details of further sexual harassment by Mr Lauer has since emerged from three women.

Mr Lauer joined Today in January 1994 and since taking over the anchor chair in 1997, Today has dominated U.S. morning show ratings, which has earnt him the title “king of television morning news.”

Ms Guthrie and co-anchor Hoda Kotb revealed the news at the start of the program on Wednesday, with Gurthrie struggling to hold back tears during the announcement.

“This is a sad morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” Ms Guthrie said.

“As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated, and we are still processing all of this and I will tell you right now we do not know more than what I just shared with you.

“For the moment all we can say is we are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt, he is my dear, dear friend and my partner and he is beloved by many, many people here.

“And I am heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”

US President Donald Trump has responded on Twitter following Mr Lauer’s sacking, tweeting that some of Lauer’s colleagues should also be terminated.

“When will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News,” he said.

An NBC spokeswoman did not respond to questions about Mr Trump’s comments.

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