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Matt Lauer fired by NBC News over inappropriate sexual workplace behaviour

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Nov 29th, 2017

Matt Lauer on The Today Show on Nov. 21, 2017. GETTY IMAGES/Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

NBC News has fired Matt Lauer after allegations of inappropriate sexual workplace behaviour were brought forward.

The announcement was made at the start of The Today Show, which Lauer has co-hosted since 1998.

A statement by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack reads:

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

The statement goes on to say that there is a “reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

“We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization -– and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”

Lauer is the highest paid journalist in the United States, making a salary this year of US$28 million.

He has not released a statement on the allegations or the termination.

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