Matt Lauer, a well-known anchor of “Today”, was fired, after complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior, by NBC News. It was alleged that this behavior took place during the 2014 Sochi Olympics and continues in the workplace after the games. Co-anchors of “Today”, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, announced Lauer’s firing on November 29, 2017. They claimed to be “heartbroken”, but they did not have all of the details. Andrew Lack, NBC News Chairman, said that he needed to respond immediately to the complaint as it was a “clear violation of our company’s standards.”
The first complaint was made against Lauer in 1997. Now, people have reason to believe that this was not an isolated incident. The accusers have not been confirmed by NBC News. A former producer stated, “He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married. So he’d have to do it with his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain.” There has been a two-month investigation into these claims where the three women have talked to dozens of current and former staffers who confirm their stories. A spokesperson for NBC has denied that the current NBC News management was never made aware of complaints about Lauer.