Matt Lauer: There’s ‘Truth’ To Stories But Some Are ‘Mischaracterized’

File photo : Matt Lauer attending the NBC's Today Show in New York City, NY, USA on June 21, 2012. Matt Lauer has been fired from Today after a colleague accused the longtime host of 'inappropriate sexual behavior in... File photo : Matt Lauer attending the NBC's Today Show in New York City, NY, USA on June 21, 2012. Matt Lauer has been fired from Today after a colleague accused the longtime host of 'inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace' it was announced on Wednesday. 'This is a sad morning here at Today and NBC News,' said a tearful Savannah Guthrie while revealing the news at the start of the popular morning show. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images) MORE LESS
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Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday night due to a sexual misconduct complaint, acknowledged Thursday that there is “truth” to the stories reported on Wednesday about his behavior, but he also claimed that some incidents were “mischaracterized.”

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have cause 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,” Lauer said in a statement.

“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,” he continued. “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,” Lauer concluded in the statement.

NBC News announced Wednesday morning that Lauer was fired after the network received a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior.” In a statement about Lauer’s termination, NBC News chair Andy Lack said that the network was “presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”

Wednesday afternoon, the New York Times and Variety, both of which had been investigating Lauer for weeks, revealed details about Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct.

The New York Times reported that NBC received at least two more complaints about Lauer. One complaint involved an incident in 2001 in which Lauer allegedly summoned a woman to his office and sexually assaulted her. The woman passed out and had to be taken to the nurse, according to the New York Times.

Variety reported that Lauer allegedly once gave a female colleague a sex toy with a note telling her that he wanted to use it on her, and allegedly once summoned another female colleague to his office and proceeded to expose his genitals. Variety also reported that the complaint that led to Lauer’s firing involved an incident at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but Variety did not provide any details on the incident.

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  1. Shutting the fuck up and slinking off into obscurity is also an option, Matt.

  2. I was only a little bit of a pervert pig.
    Good defense Matt . Tell us again about the door lock button under your desk.
    As @antisachetdethe STFU and go away
    No redemption for you and a spot on late night MSNBC like Williams

  3. Avatar for lio lio says:

    Fuck you. You weren’t ashamed when you were sexually harassing those women.

  4. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC,”

    Hmmm…that sort of reads like someone has been kicked out of his house, too.

    “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."

    Its not about you, or searching your own soul, jackass. Taking a few days to decide “Gosh, I got fired, maybe I shouldn’t have dropped my pants like that” does absolutely nothing for your victims.

    And lets not kid ourselves…your full time job is attempting to rehabilitate the public perception of you, so you can get another cushy job, where you will undoubtedly try the same hijinks again…though perhaps more discreetly.

  5. Avatar for ajoguy ajoguy says:

    Between sitting on the Trump “pussy” tapes (and god knows what else is in there), not supporting the Ronan Farrow investigative inquiry on Harvey W and having what has become obvious many years of prior knowledge of their money asset Matt’s predatory sexual predilections, the NBC news division is not only complicit but as much a source of the problem. And we’re suppose to trust them on reporting about Trump and the GOP?

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