In more “another one?” news, Matt Lauer, the main anchor of the Today show, was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” the network announced.
The details of the woman’s complaint have not been made public, but the incident is said to have happened in 2014 while Lauer was covering the Winter Olympics in Russia. The announcement of Lauer’s firing was made by Savannah Guthrie at the top of Wednesday’s show.
“We just learned this moments ago—just this morning,” Guthrie said, facing the camera. “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.”
Lauer has been the face of the Today show for two decades, replacing longtime anchor Bryant Gumbel in 1997.
The accuser’s attorney, Ari Wilkenfeld, said in a statement that he and his client met with NBC’s human resources and legal department on Monday at 6 p.m. An investigation took place on Tuesday, and a decision was made to terminate Lauer’s employment Tuesday evening.
“Over the course of several hours, my client detailed egregious acts of sexual harassment and misconduct by Mr. Lauer. In fewer than 35 hours, NBC investigated and removed Mr. Lauer,” Wilkenfeld said. “Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly and responsibly, as all companies should when confronted with credible allegations about sexual misconduct in the workplace. It is our hope that NBC will continue to do what it can to repair the damage done to my client—their employee—and any other women who may come forward. While I am impressed by NBC’s response to date, I am awed by the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than asking the company do the right thing. This is how the system should work.”