Matt Lauer fired from Today: Savannah Guthrie fights back tears while announcing her co-anchor’s exit after ‘staffer accuses $25million-a-year host of sexual assault during Rio Olympics’

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Paul Martin

NBC has announced that Matt Lauer has been fired after a colleague accused him of ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’
It is being reported that the incident in question occurred back in 2016 at the Rio Olympics, with the victim alleging that Lauer sexually assaulted her
‘We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident’, said NBC News Chairman Andy Lack
A tearful Savannah Guthrie announced the news just minutes after she was informed of the network’s decision, saying she was ‘devastated’
Al Roker was visbly shaken and devoid of the giddiness he frequently displays on air Wednesday, saying he was still trying to process the news
Lauer and his wife Annette have three children – Jack, and Romy and Thijs -who live in East Hampton with their mother while their dad is in NYC during the week

29 November 2017

Matt Lauer has been fired from Today after a colleague accused the longtime host of ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace’ it was announced on Wednesday.

‘This is a sad morning here at Today and NBC News,’ said a tearful Savannah Guthrie while revealing the news at the start of the popular morning show.

Guthrie then read the letter that NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack had sent to employees just moments before, which stated that Lauer’s alleged offense may not have been an ‘isolated incident.’

‘We learned this moments ago, just this morning. As you can imagine, we are devastated. And we are still processing all of this,’ said Guthrie.

‘I will tell you, we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story, as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we’ll learn more details in the hours and days to come. We promise to share that with you.’

Lauer exits as the longest-running morning show anchor and the highest paid, taking home an annual salary of $25million prior to his termination.

It is being reported by Page Six that it was an NBC staffer working at the Rio Olympics in the summer of 2016 who came forward, telling the network she had been sexually assaulted by Lauer.

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