Disgraced TV Presenter Matt Lauer Apologies Over Behaviour
Prominent US television presenter Matt Lauer says he is "truly sorry" to anyone he hurt by his words and actions in his first public comments since being fired by NBC amid sexual misconduct allegations.
Lauer's former Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie read a statement from Lauer at the top of Wednesday's show, a day he was fired by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behaviour".
Published reports accuse Lauer of crude and habitual misconduct with other women around the office.
"Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterised," Lauer said on Thursday. "But there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed or ashamed."
He said "repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching" and he's "committed to beginning that effort".
President Donald Trump tweeted shortly after the news was announced, "Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for 'inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace.'
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 now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
"But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack's past!" he added, without further explanation.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-Republican candidate Trump was accused by 13 women who publicly said that in the past he had physically touched them inappropriately in some way, the Washington Post reported.
Lauer is the biggest media figure brought down by sexual misconduct allegations since Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes were ousted from Fox News Channel.
Lauer's exit comes amid a wave of accusations sweeping through the media, Hollywood and politics.
He has long been a valuable and highly visible part of NBC News and one of the highest-paid figures in the industry.