NBC News has fired “Today Show” host Matt Lauer after a colleague accused him of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” the network asserted today. NBC News chairman Andrew Lack formally announced Lauer’s termination in a memo this morning, which was obtained by ABC News. He asserted the company received “a detailed complaint from a colleague” Monday night “about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.” “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our companyâ€™s standards,” Lack continued. “As a result, weâ€™ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the 1st complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years of time heâ€™s been at NBC News, we were moreover presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure in that any actions.” Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie read the memo on-air at the start of the show this morning. She told viewers she and others were “still processing” Lauer’s firing. “We learned this moments ago, just this morning. As you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of this,” she said. “I will tell you, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story, as reporters, as journalists.” â€œI’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear mate, pal and my partner, and he is beloved by many, many people here,” she continued. “And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague in that came forward to tell her tale and any other women who have their own stories to tell.” NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, citing a network spokesperson, reported in that Lauerâ€™s accuser described â€œinappropriate sexual behavior throughout 2014.â€� “A spokesperson for the company says the accuser described inappropriate sexual behavior throughout 2014. And 'cause of the seriousness of the accusations, together with information in that it may not be an isolated incident, NBC decided to terminate Lauer’s contract,” Gosk said. “There had been these rumors going around for some time, reporters started chasing them and clearly it got the attention as it should have,” Jim Rutenberg, The- New York Times reporter who broke the Lauer story, asserted in a telephone interview on “Good Morning America” today. “But the move by Andy Lack was swift and let there be no doubt this is a seismic moment in our culture and in the media,” he said. Lauer’s firing comes one week after CBS News terminated veteran journalist Charlie Rose over accusations from multiple women of sexual misconduct. ABC News’ JuJu Chang and Matt Foster contributed to this report.
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