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Matt Lauer responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Former "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC on Wednesday amid sexual misconduct allegations, issued a response Thursday morning to the accusations against him.


  1. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," Lauer said in a statement that Savannah Guthrie read on "Today." "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry."

    The statement continued: "As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC. Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

    "Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul-searching, and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job.

    "The last two days have forced me to take a hard look at my own troubling flaws. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace."

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  2. On Wednesday morning, network officials said one of Lauer's colleagues complained that he engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, which occurred throughout 2014.

    NBC News chairman Andy Lack said in a memo sent to staff that the company received the complaint on Monday and moved swiftly to terminate Lauer's employment.

    "While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident," Lack said.

    Guthrie, joined by Hoda Kotb, revealed the news to "Today" viewers Wednesday morning.

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  3. Since the news broke, Variety published a report that included multiple women's accounts of incidents involving Lauer. The New York Times also reported that NBC had received two more complaints after Lauer was fired.

    Lauer, who joined "Today" in 1994 as news anchor and became co-anchor in 1997, was fired just eight days after journalist Charlie Rose was fired from CBS, PBS and Bloomberg over similar allegations.