Matt Lauer Deletes His Social Media Accounts Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations (UPDATE)
UPDATE (12/1/17 at 9:29 a.m. ET):
Matt Lauer is off of social media.
After releasing an apology statement on Thursday, November 30, the former Today host deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Click on to read more about the allegations of sexual harassment against the father of three.
UPDATE (11/30/17 at 8:47 a.m. ET):
Following his firing earlier this week, new details surrounding Matt Lauer’s inappropriate sexual behavior have emerged.
According to a report published by Variety on Wednesday, November 29, three women identified themselves as his victims.
The report states the Today anchor asked a female employee to come into his office and he “dropped his pants, showing her his penis.”
The father of three also reportedly gave a co-worker a sex toy that “included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her.”
He also “had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up,” and would frequently ask his female employees who they slept with.
The 59-year-old released a statement apologizing for his actions on Thursday, November 30.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” he said in a statement.
“As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappoint 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 deeply. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I am committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job."
Click on for more details surrounding his firing and misconduct allegations.
Original story (11/29/17 at 8:08 a.m. ET):
Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC News after over 20 years with the company.
The host’s contract was terminated due to “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
NBC News chairman Andy Lack received a complaint from a colleague detailing the behavior on Matt’s behalf on Monday, November 27.
The news was announced on Wednesday, November 29 by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on the Today show.
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The mother of two then read the email sent to the NBC staff.
"Dear colleagues, on Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer,” the email said.
“It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment.”
It continued, “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.
“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.
“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."
It was clearly an emotional moment for Savannah, who stayed strong while sharing the message.
"We just learned this moments ago, just this morning. As I'm sure you can imagine, we are devastated, and we are still processing all of this," the 45-year-old said.
"And I will tell you right now, we do not know more than I just shared with you, but we will be covering this story as reporters as journalists.”
She continued, “I'm sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come, and we promise we will share that with you.”
Savannah has been Matt’s lead co-anchor on the Today show for over 5 years.
“I'm heartbroken for Matt. He is my dear, dear friend and my partner and he is beloved by many people here,” she shared.
“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.”
Stay tuned for more as this is a developing story.