NBC News said Wednesday that it has fired Matt Lauer over "inappropriate sexual behavior," making the "Today" show star the latest high-profile man to become embroiled in workplace harassment allegations.
In a staff memo, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said the network received "a detailed" complaint about Lauer Monday night. "It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment."
Lack added: "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."
Lauer, 59, joined "Today" in 1994 as its news anchor. He became co-host of the morning program with Katie Couric in 1997 after Bryant Gumbel stepped down.
His current co-host, Savannah Guthrie, read Lack's statement on the air.
Lauer is among one of many whose careers have been hit by harassment allegations in the weeks since Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused by numerous women of sexual assault. Last week, Lauer's morning rival on CBS, Charlie Rose, was fired after eight women told The Washington Post that he had acted inappropriately toward them over a number of years.
The post-Weinstein wave has brought down figures in the news, entertainment and political fields, and renewed discussion about allegations against President Donald Trump first raised when he was the Republican candidate for the office last year.
The news of Lauer's firing prompted an early-morning tweet from Trump: "Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for 'inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,'" he wrote. "But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack's past!"
Trump was the star of the long-running NBC reality programs "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" before announcing his entry into politics in 2015. During his tenure on the program, cast and crew members said he made inappropriate comments to women. One of the contestants on the program, Summer Zervos, has sued him for defamation for his comments stemming from her allegation that he harassed her during production.