An employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" against Matt Lauer, prompting his firing from NBC.
While Lauer’s firing was a shock to many viewers around the country, according to CNN, his Today show colleagues weren’t completely surprised; multiple news outlets including The New York Times has been investigating Lauer’s sexual misconduct for a while.
Savannah Guthrie, Lauer's co-host on the Today show for the last five years, made the emotional announcement on the program this morning:
“All we can say is we are heartbroken; I’m heartbroken,” a visibly shaken-up Guthrie said. According to The New York Times, the Today staff only learned of the news moments before going live.
Guthrie continued, saying she was “heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story” and believes it’s important for women to continue to come forward. But she was so obviously distraught, calling Lauer a “dear, dear friend” and asking, “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”
The announcement of Lauer's firing was made by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack in a statement released Wednesday morning.
According to Lack’s statement, the complaint of “inappropriate sexual behavior” was received Monday night, and as a result, they 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.”
Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted this shocking statement in response to Lauer's firing:
Apparently, several women have come forward privately with complaints about Matt Lauer’s behavior — even before the bombshell about Harvey Weinstein that started this snowball.
But none of them would go public — they were too afraid of the power Matt Lauer held.
"Somewhere, Ann Curry just made her orange juice a mimosa," tweeted Ira Madison III, a writer for The Daily Beast.
This is a reference to a rumor from a long time ago that Matt Lauer conspired to remove Ann Curry from her position on the Today show years ago.
Many on Twitter had strong reactions to Matt Lauer’s firing.
Among them, of course, was Donald Trump, the President of the United States…