NBC News released a statement Wednesday morning saying it has terminated its contract with longtime Today host Matt Lauer, after receiving a complaint of sexual misconduct Monday night. Co-host Savannah Guthrie read the statement on air.
"On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."
Lack added that NBC wanted to "create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected" and that management is "deeply saddened by this turn of events."