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NBC News Fires Matt Lauer After Complaint Of ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior’

Longtime “Today” horde Matt Lauer greets people in a throng on Monday. He is a latest high-profile media figure to be indicted of passionate misconduct.

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Longtime “Today” horde Matt Lauer greets people in a throng on Monday. He is a latest high-profile media figure to be indicted of passionate misconduct.

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Updated during 8:18 a.m. ET

NBC News says it has dismissed longtime Today horde Matt Lauer following a censure about “inappropriate passionate function in a workplace.”

Today co-host Savannah Guthrie examination a matter on-air from NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack on Wednesday morning:

“On Monday night, we perceived a minute censure from a co-worker about inapt passionate function in a workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after critical review, a transparent defilement of a company’s standards. As a result, we’ve motionless to cancel his employment. While it is a initial censure about his function in a over twenty years he’s been during NBC News, we were also presented with reason to trust this might not have been an removed incident.”

Lack combined that NBC wanted to “create a workplace sourroundings where everybody feels protected and protected” and that government is “deeply saddened by this spin of events.”

Lauer assimilated Today as a news anchor in 1994 and became a co-anchor in 1997, according to NBC. He was a highest-paid chairman during NBC News, NPR’s David Folkenflik notes.

After reading Lack’s statement, Guthrie, who was assimilated by Today‘s Hoda Kotb, said, “As I’m certain we can imagine, we are devastated.” She continued:

“For a impulse all we can contend is that we are heartbroken. I’m sad for Matt, he is my dear dear crony and my partner and he is dear by many, many people here. And I’m sad for a dauntless co-worker who came brazen to tell her story. And any other women who have their possess stories to tell. And we are grappling with a quandary that so many people have faced these past few weeks. How do we determine your adore for someone with a explanation that they have behaved badly?”

Guthrie combined that many media organizations are going by a “reckoning” that is “long overdue.”

Lauer is a latest high-profile media figure to be indicted of passionate misconduct. CBS dismissed maestro horde Charlie Rose final week after eight women indicted him of passionate nuisance over a march of some-more than a decade. Political publisher Mark Halperin, who was operative as a commentator for MSNBC, was put on leave late final month over reports of intimately inapt function while he worked during ABC News. And dual of NPR’s comparison news executives are no longer employed by a association following allegations of passionate misconduct.