BUZZFEED – JESSICA SIMEONE, DAVID MACK
Matt Lauer — the longtime host of Today, the prominent face of NBC News, and one of the most powerful and highly-paid men in American media — was swiftly fired on Wednesday after a colleague complained of “inappropriate sexual behavior.”
The unidentified woman reported Lauer’s behavior to the company on Monday night, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack told staff in a memo, prompting an immediate investigation.
“It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards,” Lack said of Lauer’s alleged behavior.
Lauer responded Thursday with a statement saying that while some of what people are saying is “untrue or mischaracterized,” “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”