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A Week After Being Fired From 'The Today Show', Matt Lauer Is Reportedly 'Ashamed and Broken'
It’s been a week since ‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer was removed from his position of over 20 years due to sexual assault allegations against him.
Co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb tearfully read the statement that explained his termination from the show on air, and many fans and longtime followers of the show were shocked by the news.
After the network received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior,” and reason to believe “this may not have been an isolated incident”, the 59-year-old was fired. Apparently, this sexual misconduct took place during the year 2014, in particular during the coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Lauer later released a statement expressing his shame for what had taken place.
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
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC,” he said. “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” he continued. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
A statement from Matt Lauer: “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions...” pic.twitter.com/f93rHXqKQD
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 30, 2017
Since his firing, other women have come forward to report their experiences with Matt’s inappropriate workplace behavior, and it’s also been said that he was unfaithful to his wife of 19 years, Annette Roque.
Now, a friend and coworker who was close to Matt is revealing just how hard things have been for the former ‘Today’ anchor, saying that he is “weak and broken”.
“He is weak and broken and ashamed by his own admission,” said the former ‘Today’ colleague. “He is my friend. He is human, and he is flawed. But is he going to use his power to be a predator on women? Until I see solid evidence of that, I just can’t believe it. We don’t know the details.”
The female colleague added that she never witnessed any incidents of any inappropriate sexual behavior by Lauer, and she would have reported if she did.
“There was never anything I was offended by on any level. I wouldn’t have put up with it. Neither would any of us.” she insisted.
Another ‘Today’ staffer also offered some insight, saying that many of the women who work for the network are torn and saddened by the allegations against Matt.
“The reason people are so upset and people are crying on our staff, which is like 80 percent women, is because he was really loved and treated people really well, and it’s shocking to think that there could be this side.”