ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Former Today Show host Matt Lauer issued an apology statement this morning via his ex-co host, Savannah Guthrie.
Lauer was fired by NBC this week after a coworker accused him of sexual misconduct. He says that repairing the hurt and damage caused by his actions has become his full time job. None of the victims have been identified, but more women have come forward claiming harassment by Lauer. The first reported instance of “inappropriate sexual behavior” allegedly began at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Two other women have come forward with complaints, including one woman who told The New York Times that Lauer had sexually assaulted her in his office in 2001.
“I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly,” Lauer said in the statement. “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort.”
Lauer did say that some of the claims seemed fake or dramatized, but that “there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.”