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    NBC Dismisses Anchor Matt Lauer Over Alleged Sexual Misbehavior

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    The news was delivered by Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie, who said on the "Today" show on Wednesday morning that the decision was made by NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack due to a "clear violation of the company's standards."

    Andrew Lack, the President of NBC News, has notified the staff in a memo that the "detailed complaints" about Matt Lauer's "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace " were made "by a colleague" on Monday night.

    ​Without revealing the name of the colleague, the NBC News chairman said the broadcaster "seriously reviewed" the allegations and concluded that they represented a "clear violation of the company's standards" which led to the termination of his employment.

    ​News anchor Matt Lauer has been with the channel for over twenty years, the memo went on to say. Although it was the "first complaint about his behavior," the managing authorities "were presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

    ​Lauer co-host Savannah Guthrie said that the channel's staff are "devastated" and "heartbroken" both for the anchor and "for the brave colleague."

    ​The issue did not go unnoticed by President Trump, who himself faces allegations of sexual misbehavior. The US leader took to his microblog on Twitter where he wondered when the top executives of the NBC broadcaster and its parent company Comcast could "be fired for putting out so much Fake News."

    ​Other Twitter users also commented on the dismissal.

    ​Other journalists seem to have been aware of the accusations and provided their reasons for the dismissal.

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