NBC News source has fired “Today Show” host Matt Lauer after a colleague accused him of “inappropriate sexual conduct within the workplace,” the network stated today. NBC News source chairman Andrew Lack formally announced Lauer’s termination in a memo this morning, which was obtained by ABC News source. He stated the company received “an in depth grievance from a colleague” Mon. night “about inappropriate sexual conduct within the workplace by Matt Lauer.” “It represented, after critical evaluation, a transparent violation of our companyâ€™s standards,” Lack continued. “Consequently, weâ€™ve decided to terminate his employment. While it’s the 1st grievance about his conduct within the over twenty years of time of time heâ€™s been at NBC News source, we have been additionally introduced with reason to consider this will likely not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace setting where everybody feels protected and guarded, & to make sure in that any actions.” Lauer’s co host Savannah Guthrie read the memo on-air at the beginning of the show this morning. She told viewers she & others have been “nonetheless processing” Lauer’s firing. “We discovered this moments ago, just this morning. As you’ll be able to imagine, we’re devastated & we’re nonetheless processing all of this,” she stated. “I’ll inform you, we don’t know greater than what I just shared with you. However we can be overlaying this story, as reporters, as journalists.” â€œI’m heartbroken for Matt. He’s my pricey, pricey acceptable mate, pal & my partner, & he’s beloved by many, many people right here,” she continued. “& I am heartbroken for the courageous colleague in that came forward to inform her tale & any different women who’ve their very own tales to inform.” NBC News source correspondent Stephanie Gosk, citing a network spokesperson, reported in that Lauerâ€™s accuser described â€œinappropriate sexual conduct all through 2014.â€� “A spokesperson for the company states the accuser described inappropriate sexual conduct all through 2014. & due to the seriousness of the accusations, along with info in that it is probably not an isolated incident, NBC decided to terminate Lauer’s contract,” Gosk stated. “There had been these rumors going around for a while, reporters started chasing them & clearly it got the eye 'cause it ought to have,” Jim Rutenberg, The- New York NY Times reporter who broke the Lauer story, stated in a phone interview on “Good Morning America” today. “However the move by Andy Lack was swift & let there be little question this can be a seismic 2nd in our culture & within the media,” he stated. Lauer’s firing comes one week after CBS News source terminated veteran journalist Charlie Rose over accusations from multiple women of sexual misconduct. ABC News source’ JuJu Chang & Matt Foster contributed to this report.
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