- Matt Lauer on Thursday broke his silence on the allegations of sexual misconduct and apologized after being fired from NBC.
- He seemed to announce he would be stepping away from public life.
- Lauer disputed some of the claims about him but did not specify which.
Matt Lauer responded to several allegations of sexual misconduct on Thursday morning, a day after his dismissal from NBC.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer’s statement began.
Lauer, the “Today” show host who was fired after more than two decades with the network, was the subject of myriad accusations after NBC cited a single complaint from Monday in its decision to remove him early Wednesday morning.
Reports described accusations that he had exposed himself, made lewd comments to female colleagues, and even used a security device to lock women in his office with him.
“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 wrote. He did not address any specific accusations.
Lauer seemed to announce an at least temporary retreat from public life, saying that “repairing the damage” from his deeds was “now my full time job.”
“The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws,” Lauer said.
Read the full statement below:
Matt Lauer breaks silence: “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions” pic.twitter.com/9ZNFKBPeb4
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 30, 2017