Add Matt Lauer to the growing list of Hollywood men marred with sexual harassment allegations.
The longtime ‘Today’ host was fired by NBC on Wednesday after the network received a claim that Lauer displayed inappropriate sexual behavior towards a colleague.
Lauer’s former co-anchor Savannah Guithre delivered the news to viewers.
Per Page Six, NBC chairman Andy Lack released a memo to staff that reads as follows:
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also 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 that any actions 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. But we will face it together as a news organization – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.”
The network made headlines last year after a 2005 hot mic conversation between then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush and then Apprentice host Donald Trump speaking about grabbing women by the vaginas.
Earlier this week, President Trump claimed the audio was fake, which NBC vehemently refuted.
The firing of Lauer — who was one of the highest paid anchors on the morning show — comes a week after CBS gave Charlie Rose the boot for similar reasons.