Former “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer put out a statement Thursday morning apologizing for the pain that the sexual harassment allegations about him have caused. A day earlier, he was fired by NBC, where he worked for 20 years.
His entire statement was read in full on the "Today" show:
“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 the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace."
Hoda Kotb filled in for Lauer on both Wednesday and Thursday, and on Thursday morning she said, "It is a difficult morning here again. Our top story is once again about our former colleague."
On Tuesday evening, NBC News chairman Andy Lack fired Lauer, citing a sexual harassment complaint that was filed by Lack’s co-worker on Monday.
On Wednesday, the same day it was announced that Lauer was fired, Variety published a bombshell story in which three women accused the popular host of sexual harassment. A few hours later, The New York Times published a story of its own in which a former employee claimed Lauer "summoned her to his office in 2001, locked the door and sexually assaulted her."
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