'Today' Host Matt Lauer Fired Over Misconduct Allegation

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Lauer on set in September.
Lauer on set in September. Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

TV journalist Matt Lauer was terminated as co-host of NBC's "Today" show, according to a corporate memo read Wednesday on air.

NBC said it was informed of inappropriate workplace behavior by Lauer after a "colleague" complained, according to the memo.

Lauer's departure follows a series of well-known TV and film personalities to face allegations of misconduct as more people speak up about the culture of harassment and sexual violence in the entertainment industry.

Lauer has had a lengthy career on television, much of it with NBC, which is now a subsidiary of Comcast. He joined "Today" as the morning show's news anchor in 1994 and then became co-anchor of the show in 1997, according to the show's website.

As a journalist, Lauer has interviewed celebrities and presidents -- and outlasted several co-hosts on the show. He's also faced controversy. During interviews he conducted for the 2016 presidential campaign, he was criticized for spending much of his time with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton focused on her use of a private email service, while failing to push now-President Donald Trump as hard on other topics.

-- Bloomberg News

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