Here's the full memo NBC sent staff about firing Matt Lauer

  • Matt Lauer, co-host of the popular “Today” show on NBC, has been fired after a colleague filed a complaint of inappropriate sexual behaviour, according to the network.
  • NBC News chairman Andy Lack issued a memo to staff, announcing the firing and suggesting that Lauer’s behaviour might not have been a one-time affair.
  • Lauer spent more than 20 years at the network.

NBC host and prominent TV journalist Matt Lauer has been fired as a result of “inappropriate sexual behaviour,” the network said Wednesday.

In a memo to staff, NBC News chairman Andy Lack said one of Lauer’s colleagues had filed a detailed complaint on Monday about sexual misconduct in the workplace that violated company standards.

Lack did not go into further detail about the nature of Lauer’s behaviour, but left open the possibility that it might not have been a one-time affair.

Here’s the full memo NBC sent to its employees:

“Dear Colleagues,

On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behaviour in the over twenty 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 that 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 organisation – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.


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