On the same day the giant Christmas tree is being lit outside NBC studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City, the network dumped one of its biggest stars.â€œTodayâ€� show co-host Matt Lauer was fired Wednesday due to inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, an occurrence “Today” honchos asserted they learned about just two days ago. Lauer’s stunned co-anchor Savannah Guthrie was joined by Hoda Kotb to announce the news on “Today.””This is a unhappy morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” Guthrie asserted before reading a note from NBC News Chairman Andy Lack.NBC fires senior executive, who was Matt Lauerâ€™s booker, for ‘inappropriate conduct’ with women”Dear colleagues, on Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” Lack’s acknowledgment read. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”The acknowledgment asserted this is the 1st complaint regarding Lauer’s behavior the company has received “in the over 20 years of time he’s been at NBC News.”Matt Lauer on the “Today” show Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (NBC)”We were moreover presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” the acknowledgment said.Matt Lauer’s firing from NBC unleashes Twitter torrent”I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her tale and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”- Savannah GuthrieLack asserted NBC’s “highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure in that any actions in that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender. We are deeply saddened by this turn of events.”An emotional Guthrie admitted “we just learned this moments ago” and asserted the “Today” team is “devastated and we are still processing all of this.”Pictured from l-r: Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on the “Today” show Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (NBC)Katie Couric: Matt Lauer pinched her ‘on the ass a lot'”All we can say is in that we are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear mate, pal and my partner and he is beloved by many, many people here. And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her tale and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”Kotb asserted she and and Guthrie “were both woken up with the news, kind of predawn, and we’re trying to process it and trying to make sense of it.”Guthrie asserted NBC will be “covering this tale as reporters” and will share more details “in the hours and days to come.”Lauer firing puts hard new focus on NBC News boss Andy Lack after Trump tweetAt the begining of the 8 a.m. hour, Stephanie Gosk reiterated the news of Lauer’s firing and told viewers the NBC staffer had complained about inappropriate behavior from Lauer throughout 2014, reportedly The- Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, The- New York Post, citing a source, reported an occurrence took place during the analysis of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The- details could not immediately be confirmed. The- “Today” show anchors weren’t the only ones reacting to the surprising development. President Trump moreover chimed in on Lauer’s firing on Twitter as the news broke.Lauer, 59, had a $20 million/year contract in that would have taken him in to 2018. Lauer’s firing comes just days after “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose was canned for his behavior towards women, which included showering naked in front of them at his home. That leaves just “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos as the remaining male anchor of the large three network morning shows.Lauer married Annette Roque in 1998. She filed for divorce in 2006 and accused the anchor of “cruel and inhumane” behavior before withdrawing her petition one month after later reaching a private agreement. They have 3 children.According to Page Six, Lauer and Roque live separate lives.You can find Sasha Savitsky on Twitter @SashaFB.
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