Matt Lauer Says He’s “Embarrassed And Ashamed” In His First Statement Since Being Fired From NBC News


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.”

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