Lauer apologizes, says he's 'soul searching' after
'Today' show firing
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[November 30, 2017]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Matt
Lauer apologized and said he was "soul searching" in a
statement read out on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, a
day after he was fired from his role as co-host of the
popular morning show for what the network said was
inappropriate sexual behavior.
"There are no words to express my sorrow and
regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,"
Lauer said in the statement released to the network. "To the
people I have hurt, I am truly sorry."
Lauer said that some of what he has been accused of is untrue
and mischaracterized but said, "there is enough truth in these
stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."
Reuters has not been able to verify the accusations.
Lauer has been a fixture of U.S. morning television since
becoming a "Today" anchor in 1997 and went on to become one of
NBC's highest-paid personalities, earning $20 million a year.
The married 59-year-old news star was one of the latest public
figures to be embroiled in accusations of sexual misconduct that
have recently struck down high-profile men in entertainment,
politics and media.
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"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and
I'm committed to beginning that effort," Lauer said in the
statement. "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."
(This version of the story has been refiled to correct placement of
quotation mark in final paragraph)
(Reporting by Gina Cherelus and Jonathan Allen; Editing by Alden
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