TODAY veteran and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade host, Matt Lauer, was fired by NBC on Nov. 29 for sexual misconduct. Before his termination, Lauer was a host on the network for over 20 years.
Lauer’s former co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, and fellow TODAY host, Hoda Kotb, broke the news with a statement from Andy Lack, the chairman of NBC News. According to Lack, that Monday night (the 27th) the company, “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Guthrie tells viewers that other than that memo, the hosts did not know anything prior.
While the woman who came forward with her report is unknown, she accused him of “inappropriate sexual behavior” throughout 2014 and during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Since the report, there have been at least two more complaints about the former host. One complaint came from a previous employee of the news station, stating that “Lauer summoned her to his office, locked the door and sexually assaulted her.”
Just one day after the news surfaced, Lauer released a statement, “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
Guthrie and Kotb were once again reporting this news, but this time, were joined by Stephanie Gosk, who is currently covering the recent allegations.
Gosk explains that some women complained to executives at NBC about Lauer’s behavior, “which fell on deaf ears.”
NBC, on the other hand, responded by saying, “prior to Monday night, current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaint about Matt Lauer’s conduct.”
According to the New York Daily News and many other news sites, after Lauer was fired and replaced with Kotb, Today ratings rose and beat out Good Morning America’s viewership. Some sites are even speculating that not many viewers liked Lauer.