Matt Lauer fired by NBC, accused of "inappropriate sexual behavior"

Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer, a two-decade veteran of Today, was sacked by NBC News on Wednesday after a complaint was filed against him for inappropriate sexual behavior at work.

Lauer's co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday's "Today" show.

Longtime NBC News anchor Matt Lauer has been fired over inappropriate sexual behavior, the network confirmed.

Lack wrote to employees that the complaint prompted a serious review and represented a "clear violation of our company's standards". "As a result, we've chose to terminate his employment", Lack wrote.

According to the statement, this was the first complaint NBC received of Lauer's behavior "in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News". Last week, Lauer's morning rival on CBS, Charlie Rose, was sacked after eight women told the Washington Post that he had acted inappropriately toward them over a number of years. Appearing on the verge of tears, Ms. Guthrie said, "All we can say is we are heartbroken; I'm heartbroken".

Messages to Lauer and his agent were not immediately returned.

"We are grappling with a dilemma that so many people have faced these past few weeks", she said. I'm sure we'll learn more details in the hours and days to come.

"For the moment all we can say is we are heartbroken".

President Donald Trump also took to Twitter Wednesday morning, calling for NBC executives to be fired for "fake news". Check out Andy Lack's past!'

Later joined NBC News in 1994. He became co-host of the morning program with Katie Couric in 1997 after Bryant Gumbel stepped down.

Lauer has been an institution at NBC.

Lauer has not released a public statement yet. Since then, there have been accusations leveled against NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin (12 accusers), director James Toback (at least 238 accusers), director Brett Ratner (6 accusers) and journalist Charlie Rose (9 accusers), NBC reported.

Lauer is the latest high-profile media figure to be accused of sexual misconduct.

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