Matt Lauer was conspicuously quiet yesterday when news broke of his abrupt firing from NBC News amid a slew of sordid sexual harassment claims, but the disgraced former “Today” host is now pushing back against some of the allegations.
Among several outrageous acts of sexual misconduct that Lauer is accused of, the NBC News veteran was said to have gifted a sex toy to a female coworker alongside an explicit note, scolded a female employee for not performing a sex act on him, and installing a system that allowed him to lock his office door via a button under his desk.
Now, Lauer is apparently hoping that an apology will make the public look the other way.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he said. “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 in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. 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 think them for their patience and grace.”
NBC News head Andrew Lack claimed on Wednesday that the complaint against Lauer was the first the company had ever received about his behavior, but noted that it gave the network reason to believe there were more bad acts in Lauer’s past.