Reaction: Matt Lauer Fired by NBC for 'Inappropriate Sexual Behavior'
“Today” show co-host Matt Lauer has been fired due to inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, NBC announced Wednesday morning.
Lauer's co-anchor Savannah Guthrie was joined by Hoda Kotb to address his termination on Wednesday's show.
"We just learned this moments ago, just this morning," Guthrie said. "As I'm sure you can imagine, we are devastated. We are still processing all of this."
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to employees that a complaint, which was made by a colleague of Lauer's, prompted a serious review and represented a "clear violation of our company's standards."
"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," Lack said.
Social media quickly lit up with reaction, including from President Trump:
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 so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
NBC fires Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior #wow
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) November 29, 2017
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb look stunned as they announce NBC has fired Matt Lauer over inappropriate sexual behavior in workplace
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) November 29, 2017
.@brianstelter says that the New York Times has been working on a piece about alleged sexual misconduct by Lauer
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) November 29, 2017
When a news organization fires a hugely prominent figure, it should have case ready to present to public. Don't throw two anchors on air who don't know what's going on. When CBS fired Rose, public knew overwhelming evidence. With NBC and Lauer, public in dark.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 29, 2017
Lauer was the highest paid host in broadcast news. https://t.co/zp7FUNGtCY
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 29, 2017
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) November 29, 2017
When @TODAYshow canned Billy Bush for the Access Hollywood tape, @nbc made sexual banter with a guest--the hated @realDonaldTrump--a fireable offense. Given Matt Lauer's apparent sexual misconduct, he was dead man walking.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) November 29, 2017
Holy crap https://t.co/umrNYgrmB6
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 29, 2017
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