Sexual misconduct has been alleged against another powerful figure in media. On Wednesday, November 29th, NBC announced its decision to fire morning news anchor Matt Lauer over “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News, said in a memo to staff that on Monday, November 27th, they received a detailed account of Lauer’s sexual misconduct from an unnamed employee.
Lack added that Lauer’s misconduct may have extended to more than one woman.
Lauer’s Today cohosts, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, opened their November 29th show with the announcement of Lauer’s termination. Guthrie said she was “devastated” to learn of Lauer’s firing, but she expressed solidarity with his accuser.
Not much is yet known about the employee who filed the official complaint against Lauer, but Variety’s New York Bureau Chief Ramin Setoodeh confirmed that Variety had been working on a story about Lauer’s sexual misconduct, and that there were, in fact, multiple victims. The New York Times is reportedly working on a feature that explores these allegations, too.
Page Six has reported that one of the alleged incidents occurred at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. As always, we stand with the victims of sexual assault and harassment, and are thankful to the woman who came forward to share her story.