Nov 29, 2017

By Jane Brown

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It’s been the top trending news on social media Wednesday morning.

TODAY — Pictured: Matt Lauer appears on NBC News’ “Today” show — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

Longtime NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer has been fired over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Today Show Co-host Savannah Guthrie read a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Lack, stating that the company has received a detailed complaint from a colleague Monday night “about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace” by Lauer. Lack’s statement said the company found that after a serious review of the complaint it represented “a clear violation” of the company’s standards, and Lauer was terminated as a result. Lack added in his statement that it was the first complaint about Lauer in more than 20 years at NBC, but “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Guthrie also described Matt Lauer as a “dear, dear friend” and said she was “heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story.”

Guthrie called Lauer’s firing part of a national reckoning asking “How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?”

This comment is similar to what was said last week by CBS Morning Show Co-host Gayle King after her fellow co-host Charlie Rose was fired for allegations of sexual misconduct at PBS from eight staff members who worked on The Charlie Rose Show.

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