MATT LAUER – the anchor of one of America’s most-watched morning shows, The Today Show, was abruptly FIRED from Studio 1A by NBC yesterday after a string of sexual assault allegations came to light.
His longtime Co-Host Savannah Guthrie was moved to tears as she read out the statement from NBC.
Reports say Lauer gave a colleague a sex toy as a present which included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.
His office was in a secluded space, and he even had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside without getting up.
On another occasion, he ordered a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the un-named employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he scolded her for not engaging in a sexual act.
According to reports in US publication Variety, He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.
The accounts of Lauer’s behaviour at NBC are the result of a two-month investigation by Variety Magazine, with dozens of interviews with current and former staffers.
Lauer became co-host of The Today Show in 1997 when he replaced longtime host Bryant Gumbel. Former co-host Katie Couric and Lauer Today the Number 1 rated Morning show in America.
Lauer was considered the crown jewel of the network’s news division, with a salary worth over $25 million.
The cause of his dismissal, according to sources, was a detailed complaint from another current NBC employee about inappropriate sexual conduct from Lauer that started on a trip at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued for several months.