Matt Lauer has apologized for the “pain” he caused others “by words and actions”. However, the former host of NBC’s Today claimed that some of the stories were “untrue or mischaracterized”.
He said: “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. 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. 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. Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
NBC News fired the longtime Today anchor Monday night after receiving a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
The alleged inappropriate and lewd messages were the reason that he was fired so quickly from NBC, according to New York Post. The messages were saved by an NBC employee who Lauer approached during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The messages “showed incontrovertible proof of inappropriate sexual behavior on his part.”
Variety reported allegations by unnamed women, of Lauer giving a sex toy gift with a note on how he would like to use it, of exposing himself, and loving to play the game “f*ck, marry or kill,” in which he would identify the female TV news co-hosts he’d most like to shag.