Matt Lauer Fired after Sexual Misconduct Allegation
By Abigail Royle 11/29/17
“Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired on Wednesday after investigating a sexual misconduct allegation. The allegation and employment termination are the latest in what seems like an unending list of celebrities accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Multiple news outlets, including the New York Times and Variety, have been investigating Lauer for months.
On Monday evening, a meeting took place between NBC human resources representatives, the accuser, and the accuser’s lawyer Ari Wilkenfeld. The accuser reportedly revealed detailed incidents of sexual misconduct committed by Lauer in 2014, when Lauer was in Russia covering the Winter Olympics. An investigation was then launched on Tuesday.
The decision to terminate Lauer’s employment came on Tuesday evening. Wilkenfeld says that he is satisfied with how quickly NBC’s response was saying the company acted “as all companies should when confronted with credible allegations about sexual misconduct in the workplace.” Andrew Lack, an NBC executive, shared the news with staffers on Wednesday morning.
A memo Lack sent out explained that this was the first allegation Lauer faced in his career, but that Lack also had reason to believe that this was not an isolated incident. NBC says that they have since spoken to multiple women regarding accusations against Lauer.
Lauer has been the host of the “Today” show for two decades. Lack says that Lauer expressed remorse for his actions but was accepting of NBC’s decision to fire him. Those who worked with Lauer say they are shaken by the event. Co-host Savannah Guthrie said that she was heartbroken both over Lauer and the victim.