Matt Lauer, a familiar face in morning news as the anchor of “Today” for two decades, was fired by NBC News on Wednesday after a female colleague made a detailed complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The accusation also noted that the alleged behavior continued in the workplace after the games, NBC News confirmed.
The news reportedly came as a shock to those within NBC, not least among them Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie who delivered the news on air. Appearing to choke back tears, Guthrie said, “We just learned this moments ago,” before assuring viewers that the show would remain professional and cover the story as journalists. She then read an official statement from NBC News Chairman Andy Lack about Lauer that said: “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards.”