For two decades Matt Lauer was the face of America’s commercially dominant Today program, which raked in half a billion dollars for its network.
In the end, it was all over in less than 24 hours.
Lauer, 59, was fired from the US network NBC following a complaint from another employee about “inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace”.
The complaint was filed on Monday night and by close of business the following day Lauer was out.
His contract – signed in 2016, securing his services until the end of 2018 and worth US$20 million – was torn up.
The network’s head of news Andrew Lack told staff it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer during his tenure at NBC but Lack critically added: “We were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”
Indeed Lack would have known – as many others within NBC apparently did – that a number of media outlets were working on investigations into Lauer’s conduct.
US media reports suggest The New York Times, which broke the dam wall of Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal, with a detailed, damaging profile of US film producer Harvey Weinstein, had reporters working on the story.
As did the Hollywood trade publication Variety; its reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister confirmed they had been working on a story “about serious sexual harassment allegations against Lauer”.
Lack’s note to staff did not offer much detail but said the complaint had prompted a “serious review” and that Lauer’s actions had been a “clear violation of our company’s standards”.
The woman involved has not been identified, nor has much detail of her allegation been released publicly.
Her lawyer, Ari Wilkenfeld, told US media that NBC had “acted quickly, as all companies should, when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace”.
“I am in awe of the courage my client showed to be the first to raise a complaint and to do so without making any demands other than the company do the right thing,” Mr Wilkenfeld said. Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter苏州美甲培训/1A3UAZpvPb??? TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!??? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训.