Beloved top TV host of the “Today” show, Matt Lauer, has been fired by NBC in response to sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced earlier this week.
The long-time host of the “Today” show was fired suddenly after a colleague came forward to report the allegation on Monday night, according to CBS News.
On Wednesday morning, host Samantha Guthrie read a statement at the beginning of the “Today” show. The allegation was the first complaint about Lauer that had ever been reported to NBC but was serious enough to indicate that it may not have been an isolated incident.
“We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.” – NBC News Chairman Andy Lack
Guthrie noted as she began that it was “a sad day here at NBC News.” And the news is sad, indeed. In the midst of our #MeToo moment, it’s beginning to feel completely unsurprising that yet another powerful man has been accused of sexual misconduct. The problem is horrifically pervasive. And for such a long time, our media, and in turn, our culture, has given these men the benefit of the doubt at the expense of women.
As demonstrated by NBC’s immediate decision to terminate Lauer, change is upon us. Props to NBC for taking action and doing what is right. Sexual harassment and assault are not about sex: it is about power. Such conduct is about making women feel powerless. And the men who display these behaviors should never, ever hold positions of power.
Guthrie closed the announcement with this:
“As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated, and we are still processing all of this. And, I will tell you right now, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come.”
And, as if the news wasn’t bad enough on its own, guess who decided to chime in and share some ignorant, toxic thoughts?
You guessed it! Donald J. 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!”
Don’t you love how he capitalizes “Fake News” like he’s turned it into a brand?
Let’s remember that our gaslighter-in-chief has been accused of sexually assaulting a minimum of 16 women. The only fake news here seems to be Donald Trump’s Twitter.
We will continue to update as we hear more information since there are rumors that this is not the first sexual misconduct allegation in the over 20 years Mr. Lauer has been with NBC.
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