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Matt Lauer breaks silence over sexual misconduct allegations: ‘I am truly sorry’

Thursday - 30/11/2017 14:12
THE disgraced US TV host breaks his silence on sexual misconduct allegations, over claims he harassed a colleague.
Matt Lauer hosted the Today show in the US for 20 years. Picture: Zach Pagano/NBC via APSource:AP
Matt Lauer hosted the Today show in the US for 20 years. Picture: Zach Pagano/NBC via APSource:AP

A DAY after being fired by NBC, disgraced journalist Matt Lauer finally broke his silence — saying that even though some of what has been reported is “untrue or mischaracterised, there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said.

Allegations of sexual misconduct allegedly stem from an incident at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which Matt Lauer. Picture: Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Allegations of sexual misconduct allegedly stem from an incident at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which Matt Lauer. Picture: Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realise the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”

“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterised, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”

“I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job.”

“The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie hosted the Today show together for five years. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie hosted the Today show together for five years. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesSource:Supplied

Lauer was fired on Wednesday for what NBC called “inappropriate sexual behaviour” with a colleague.

NBC boss Andrew Lack said in an email to staff that the company received a complaint about Lauer’s behaviour on Monday and determined he violated company standards, and that it was not “an isolated incident”.

Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie embrace on the set of the Today show after Matt Lauer’s firing. Picture: AP/Craig Ruttle
Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie embrace on the set of the Today show after Matt Lauer’s firing. Picture: AP/Craig RuttleSource:AP

The misconduct reportedly started when Lauer and a fellow employee were at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued when they returned to New York.

Mr Lack said it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his 20 years at NBC, but “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Lauer’s Today show colleagues, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, broke the news of his axing on Wednesday morning in New York.

Fans watch outside of the New York set the Today show on the day Matt Lauer was axed. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP
Fans watch outside of the New York set the Today show on the day Matt Lauer was axed. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

Later that day, Guthrie, Kotb and longtime Today show staple Al Roker hosted NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Centre special featuring the annual New York tree-lighting ceremony, which Lauer was to have co-hosted.

Yesterday, Variety posted what it said was a two-month investigation that included dozens of interviews with current and former staffers who asked to remain anonymous.

Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker hosted the network’s annual <i>Christmas in Rockefeller Centre </i>special without Matt Lauer. Picture: AFP/Angela Weiss
Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker hosted the network’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Centre special without Matt Lauer. Picture: AFP/Angela WeissSource:AFP

Variety also reported allegations that Lauer once gave a co-worker a sex toy with a note about how he wanted to use it on her; that he showed another female co-worker his penis; that he would question female producers about their sex lives; and that he would talk about which co-hosts he would like to sleep with.

Matt Lauer hosted the Today show in the US for 20 years. Picture: Zach Pagano/NBC via AP
Matt Lauer hosted the Today show in the US for 20 years. Picture: Zach Pagano/NBC via APSource:AP

 

— with the New York Post

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