In a stunning announcement on the Today Show this morning, host Savannah Guthrie said that NBC News has terminated Matt Lauer, citing allegations of sexual harassment.
Guthrie read from a memo by Andrew Lack, president of NBC News, which didn’t go into specifics about the allegations, but did state that he had “received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer.” The identity of the individual who lodged the complaint is unknown at this time, as is whether or not others have come forward with similar accusations. It’s obvious, however, that the allegations against Lauer must have been serious and sudden, as he had co-hosted NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade only last week.
President Trump, who has been accused of sexual improprieties himself in the past, tweeted in response to Lauer’s firing:
Lauer’s firing is merely the latest in a string of high-profile stories about sexual harassment in the news media. Glenn Thrush of the New York Times was recently suspended while the newspaper conducts an investigation into his own alleged sexual harassment, while Mark Halperin—who also worked for NBC News—was fired for his treatment of women over a period of many years prior to his employment there.