Matt Lauer, the former co-host of NBC’s “Today,” says that he is “truly sorry” for his past behavior after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by my words and actions,” he said in a statement Thursday, according to NBC News.
“To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” Lauer continued. “As I am writing this I realize the depth of 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.”
Lauer, who was fired by NBC News Wednesday after appearing on “Today” since 1997, added that “the last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws.”
“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort,” he said. “It is now my full time job.”
“Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday announced that NBC News had fired Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
“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,” she said, quoting a memo from NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack.
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.com/1A3UAZpvPb— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
NBC News on Thursday reported that Lauer’s sacking came after a female colleague at the network accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior in 2014.
The New York Times on Wednesday reported that two other women had made complaints about Lauer after his ouster.
An unidentified former NBC News employee told The Times that Lauer sexually assaulted her in his office in 2001.
Variety on Wednesday reported a separate expose about Lauer’s alleged past sexual misconduct, noting incidents with at least three women over several years.
Lauer is the latest powerful man whose career has been derailed by sexual misconduct allegations this year amid a global reckoning over the issue.