Today show anchor is fired

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NBC’s Today show is a very well known news broadcast all around the world. It is recognized for its great location right in downtown New York City, the great news they bring to the U.S., and the smiling faces of the anchors and all of the staff working to make sure everybody in the U.S. wakes up to a smiling face. In the midst of all of this, Matt Lauer, a long time anchor of the show since 1997, was fired.

On Monday, November 27, the NBC News team received a complaint from a colleague of Lauer’s and the “Today” show of sexual harassment. Matt has been a prominent figure in living rooms all over the U.S. and he was not perceived to be like this by most.

Andrew Lack, the NBC News chairman, wrote in a memo to staff, “While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.” Lauer refused to make any comments on the topic the following days preceding the complaint.

The Wednesday just two days after, two more complaints rolled in causing even more of a burden to be put on Lauer’s shoulders. One complaint came from a former co-worker of Lauer. She claimed that in 2001 he called her to his office, locked the door, and sexually assaulted her. The woman who reported this has declined the usage of her name to any major media outlets. When asked about if she tried to prevent it, the woman said that she “felt helpless because she didn’t want to lose her job.”

Lauer finally released a public response to the press and sincerely expressed his apologies. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in his statement. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.” On the allegations against him, Lauer said,  “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, 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.” Mr. Lauer’s statement concluded: “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul-searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort… It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

The release of this news has extremely abrupted the media world and has just added onto the accusations against male media reporters for committing sexual acts in unneeded places. Similar reports have been posed against news reporters like Charlie Rose, a news reporter for CBS News, and Bill O’Reilly. As these events are never encouraged, we can only hope for the victims to recover and for the offenders to accept what they have done.

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