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Matt Lauer Dropped by NBC Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Reports also suggest outside investigations were in progress concerning the longtime co-anchor of the 'Today' show

Following the firing of media titan Charlie Rose after sexual misconduct allegations against him, longtime “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer now has been axed by NBC after the network reportedly received a complaint concerning one of its biggest stars.

“This is a sad morning here at ‘Today’ and at NBC News,” co-host Savannah Guthrie announced to audience members on the show.

She then read a statement from NBC News Chairman Andy Lack.

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“Dear Colleagues, On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” the statement read. “It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

Though the statement said it was the first official complaint they had received in 20 years about Lauer, it also acknowledged the incident was likely not an isolated one.

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There is also word that Variety and The New York Times were working on investigations into Lauer’s behavior.

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Huffington Post and New York magazine contributor Yashar Ali came forward on Twitter to state he and other reporters had been aware for the past few months of women too afraid to step forward about Lauer’s alleged behavior.

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Guthrie later continued about her co-host on the show, “All we can say is that we are heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he is beloved by many, many people here. And I’m heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”

President Donald Trump also commented about the firing on Twitter by suggesting NBC News Chairman Lack’s past should be looked into next.

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(photo credit, homepage image: Matt Lauer, CC 0, by Lance Cpl. Andrew Pendracki; photo credit, article image:U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chats with Matt Lauer…, CC 0, by U.S. Department of State)

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