MATT LAUER’S FIRING

Shortly before the start of this morning’s Today Show, co-host Savannah Guthrie was told that Matt Lauer, who had hosted the show for 20 years, was fired, effective immediately.

Why was Lauer fired?  Well, here is the full statement from NBC News President Andrew Lack:

Dear Colleagues,

 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. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.

Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.

We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.

While not said in so many words, I take that “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident” to mean there was a lot more to come.  You don’t summarily fire the iconic host of one of your major profit centers unless there’s plenty of reason for it.

Am I shocked?  Yes.

Am I surprised?  No.

The movie, TV news and music industries all have very large cesspools within them.  And, seemingly every day, we find out that more and more people in those industries reside in their cesspools…

…which makes it that much more bothersome that so many of these cesspool dwellers have piously moralized to us about the same behaviors they either personally engage in, or look the other way as others around them do.

Regarding Mr. Lauer personally, we, do not yet know specifics of the complaint filed against him or what other incidents Mr. Lack referred to.  And we also have not heard his side of the story.

But – again keeping in mind that we do not yet know specifics – if his behavior was what I suspect it must have been for him to be fired this way, he probably does not deserve our sympathy.

I have no doubt we’ll know a lot more about this very soon.  So, as they say on the Today Show, stay tuned.

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