att Lauer has been a staple of American morning television for decades. Since 1994, he's been entering American homes each morning as an anchor and later host of NBC's Today show. But early in the morning on Wednesday, November 29, Lauer was abruptly fired from the position he's held for almost 20 years because of an allegation of "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace.
Matt Lauer is one of the most recognizable news personalities in the United States.
He joined NBC’s Today show as an anchor in January of 1994 and has been a solid presence on the show since then, becoming an official co-anchor in January of 1997.
He's conducted memorable interviews with some of the world's biggest celebrities and hosts the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade every year.
Matt Lauer has been — until now — one of the highest paid news anchors on television, raking in a reported salary of $28 million.
In addition to covering hard-hitting news, Matt Lauer was known as a sort of goofball on the Today show.
Lauer held positions at NBC News and NBC Nightly News before he joined the Today show. He’s always been known as a reporter who can balance lighter stories with hard news, which made him an anchor (literally and figuratively) of the Today show for so many years.
Lauer hosted the opening ceremonies of several Olympic Games as well.
The man is everywhere. He’s been the face of NBC news for so many years and has in some cases come under fire for his performance in interviews and in his news coverage.
Now, he's in trouble for another reason.
Early on Wednesday morning, it was announced that Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC’s Today show for alleged “sexual misconduct.”
Here’s the story behind these allegations…