On November 29, Matt Lauer, NBC morning news anchor and host of Christmas in Rockefeller Center, was fired from his position at the network after being accused of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."
According to multiple reports, Lauer allegedly made unwanted advances, exposed himself to his female colleagues, and even sent one of them a sex toy along with "an explicit note that detailed how he wanted to use it on her."
Andrew Lack, NBC News Chairman, sent a memo to the staff explaining that a colleague filed a complaint against Lauer, and “while it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."
He added that the allegations against Lauer "represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment."
Lauer's former co-host Savannah Guthrie made the shocking announcement to the public during Wednesday's Today Show broadcast. Lauer had been an anchor on the show for two decades before the allegations came to light.
"This is a sad morning at 'Today' and NBC News," said Guthrie, who appeared to be on the verge of tears. "As I'm sure you can understand, we are devastated."
She expressed her heartbreak for her "dear, dear colleague" Matt, as well as the "brave" victim "who came forward to tell her story."
"How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?" Guthrie asked.
Shortly after news about Lauer's dismissal broke, his former co-anchor Ann Curry and colleague Megyn Kelly shared their thoughts on the situation.