NBC Fires Matt Lauer
NBC News has fired 'Today' anchor Matt Lauer after a sexual misconduct review.
The longtime host of the 'Today' show has been fired by NBC after the network said that Lauer engaged in 'inappropriate sexual behaviour'.
On Wednesday morning the network accounced his termination.
On the April 5, 2012, program, Lauer announced that he had signed a new contract with NBC News through 2017. An estimate by Forbes indicated that the contract paid Lauer $25 million a year.
Lauer's employment had been terminated after a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."
Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News, made this statement to staff in a memorandum on November 29: "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident." As of that date, the name of the complainant had not been revealed but the New York Times had met with the relevant individual; the article states that "she said she was not ready to come forward and tell her story publicly".