Matt Lauer speaks out after firing over sexual misconduct allegations

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close 'Today Show' anchor Matt Lauer was fired from NBC after an employee filed a complaint alleging "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." The 20-year NBC anchor had been a central driver of the morning program's success in ratings and profits.

Matt Lauer fired from NBC News over sexual harassment allegation

'Today Show' anchor Matt Lauer was fired from NBC after an employee filed a complaint alleging "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace." The 20-year NBC anchor had been a central driver of the morning program's success in ratings and profits.

Matt Lauer issued a statement in wake of his firing from the "Today" show, which was announced on Wednesday following a "detailed complaint" of sexual misconduct against the news anchor. More women have since spoken out about Lauer's alleged inappropriate behavior.

In a statement read by his former "Today" co-hosts, Lauer said, “There are no words toe 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 is these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”

Lauer added, "repairing the damage" caused by his alleged actions "will take a lot of time and soul searching."

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