Long-time Today Show host, Matt Lauer, was fired from NBC shortly after allegations of sexual misconduct were made on Monday by a claimant to NBC’s human resource department and their legal department. On Tuesday a formal investigation was launched, and later that evening Matt Lauer was fired.
Wednesday morning the news broke at the top of the Today Show with Savannah Guthrie addressing the public about Lauer’s dismissal, according to CNN.
A statement from the accuser’s attorney, Ari Wilkenfeld, explained to the media that the accusations were made by the accuser and NBC quickly responded by firing Lauer. In Wilkenfeld’s view, this is the way the system should work…
“Over the course of several hours, my client detailed egregious acts of sexual harassment and misconduct by Mr. Lauer. In fewer than than 35 hours, NBC investigated and removed Mr. Lauer,”
“Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly and responsibly, as all companies should when confronted with credible allegations about sexual misconduct in the workplace. It is our hope that NBC will continue to do what it can to repair the damage done to my client—their employee—and any other women who may come forward. While I am impressed by NBC’s response to date, I am awed by the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than asking the company do the right thing. This is how the system should work.”
The incidents allegedly occurred back at the Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Lauer reportedly accepted his fate and expressed remorse.
Lauer’s contract only ran up through 2018, so the loss isn’t quite as devastating as it could have been.
According to NBC News president, Andrew Lack, this was apparently the first complaint against Lauer in 20 years but he believed that it may not have been an isolated incident. The New York Times is reporting that Lack mentioned in the memo…
“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. 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,”
As noted in the article, even President Donald Trump was quick to gloat over Lauer’s firing, and then proceeded to ask when others would be fired for promulgating fake news.
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
So far, a lot of journalists, politicians, and Hollywood types have been outed in the wake of the Weinstein scandal. Fellow journalist Charlie Rose was fired for years of sexual misconduct committed at PBS and CBS; Congressman John Conyers just recently got outed and had to step aside for his alleged sexual misdoings while a formal investigation takes place; and a variety of game journalists and anti-#GamerGate male feminists have been outed for the most heinous of crimes, such as being peddlers of child porn and raping women for more than a decade.