NBC News fires Matt Lauer over inappropriate sexual behavior

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Richard Drew/ AP File Matt Lauer, co-host of the NBC “Today” tv program, appears on set April 21, 2016, in Rockefeller Plaza, in New York. NBC News announced Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, that Lauer was fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”

Published Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017|5:45 a.m.

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New York City– NBC News said Wednesday it fired long time “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “improper sexual habits” including a network worker that began when both were stationed at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued beyond that project.

Lauer becomes the 2nd TV morning host in a week to lose his task over sexual misbehavior accusations, and to American audiences is the most familiar figure brought down by the allegations that have actually swept through Hollywood, the media and the business world in the past 2 months.

The network’s news chairman, Andrew Absence, stated in a memo to staff NBC received a problem about Lauer’s behavior on Monday and determined it was a clear infraction of business standards.

While it was the first grievance ever lodged against Lauer, Lack said, “we were likewise presented with need to believe this might not have actually been an isolated occurrence.”

Lauer’s previous “Today” program coworkers, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, revealed the firing on the show soon after being informed themselves. Lauer had actually been told of his termination on Tuesday night.

Last week, CBS News recently fired morning host Charlie Rose after several ladies who worked for him complained about his habits.

Messages to Lauer and his agent were not instantly returned.

Lauer, 59, has essentially been the king of tv morning news considering that very first being paired with Katie Couric on “Today” in 1997 and is one of the highest-paid figures in TELEVISION news.

For many years, “Today” was the unquestioned scores leader, until it was eclipsed by ABC’s “Good Morning America” following the ugly 2012 firing of then co-host Ann Curry. The program had supported over the last few years with Lauer’s pairing with Guthrie.

He joins an extending list of media figures felled by sexual misconduct allegations this year. Besides Rose, they consist of Lauer’s NBC News colleague Mark Halperin, Fox News prime-time host Expense O’Reilly and National Public Radio newsroom chief Michael Oreskes. The New York Times suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush recently.

Lack, in his memo, stated, “We are deeply saddened by this turn of occasions. However we will face it together as a wire service– and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”

There were reports that, prior to the firing, that some media companies were checking out Lauer’s behavior. The early morning host is married with three children.

Guthrie appeared to combat back tears as she called Lauer her buddy who is beloved by numerous at NBC, and said she was “heartbroken for my coworker who stepped forward to inform her story and any other females who have their own stories to tell.”

“We are coming to grips with a dilemma that so many people have dealt with these past couple of weeks,” she stated. “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the discovery that they have acted severely? I do not know the response to that. However I do understand that this reckoning that numerous organizations have been going through is important, it’s long past due and it needs to result in offices where all ladies, all individuals, feel safe and respected.”

Two hours later, NBC’s Megyn Kelly kept in mind the anguish on the faces of her colleagues but stated, “Exactly what we don’t see is the discomfort on the faces of those who found the guts to come forward, and it is still a frightening thing to do.”

Kelly, who has written about being sexually harassed by previous employer Roger Ailes at Fox News Channel, has covered the issue strongly on “Today.”

On Twitter on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & & Comcast be fired for putting out a lot Fake News.”

Associated Press writer Patrick Mairs in Philadelphia added to this report.

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