Recently fired Today co-host Matt Lauer has finally broken his silence. He feels ’embarrassed and ashamed,’ but says there is enough truth to the stories alleged by multiple women of sexual assault.
Former “Today” anchor Matt Lauer addressed a growing spate of allegations that he harassed and assaulted women during his tenure at the NBC morning institution, apologizing for his actions and vowing to fix the damage he caused.
“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. 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,” Lauer said in a statement that was released by a personal publicist and formed the bulk of the top story on “Today” Thursday morning. “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 very 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.”
Lauer’s actions, disclosed in a Variety investigation that reported the accounts of current and former NBC News staffers as well as three women who identified themselves as victims of sexual harassment by the anchor, formed the lead story on the Thursday broadcast of “Today,” the show he called home for more than two decades. NBC News confirmed that more women had come forward to make allegations about Lauer’s behavior since management received word from a woman earlier this week. NBC News decided within a day of hearing those first complaints to terminate Lauer from his job, where he has greeted several generations of morning-news viewers.
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NBC announced Lauer’s firing in a statement from chairman Andrew Lack, read on air by “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie. Variety published a longer report on sexual harassment allegations against Lauer Wednesday afternoon, followed by a New York Times report later in the day.
Lauer allegedly had multiple affairs with staff members, would send sexts and harass women repeatedly, and allegedly forced some women to have sex with him in his office, which reportedly had a door he could lock from his desk. One accuser told The Times that she was summoned to his office in 2001, locked the door and assaulted. Lauer allegedly pulled down her pants and had sex with her on his desk until she passed out. She woke up and was taken to a nurse, but didn’t say anything because she didn’t want to lose her job, according to the complaint.
Wow. NBC stepped up and did the right thing. Lauer and others knew this was coming for a long time. Just another far left hypocritical hack who got precisely what he deserved!