Matt Lauer Will Not Receive a Payout From NBC

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is not planning to pay out the rest of Matt Lauer's contract after he was sacked for sexual misconduct last month.

Over at NBC, Lauer leaves an even bigger hole where, for two decades, he was the face of what is arguably the network's most important news show. When asked about any sexual misconduct, the former anchor reportedly said that he was "racking his brain and couldn't think of anything at all".

Lauer's former "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie read a statement from Lauer at the top of Thursday's show, a day he was sacked by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior". It wouldn't be the worst thing if he had to though, for New Zealand and for Matt Lauer, especially now that he is indefinitely out of work.

Lauer says in the statement: "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized". Attendees were told Lauer was sacked 'for cause, ' this person said.

Lack reminded NBC News staffers of the options they have at their disposal, including managers and human-resources executives as well as specially designated employee hotlines and email addresses manned by NBCUniversal and its corporate parent, Comcast.

"At the conclusion of the review we will share what we've learned, no matter how painful, and act on it", he continued.

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Lack's letter arrived days after NBC News stunned the media world by firing Lauer, the longtime anchor of "Today," following a detailed complaint from a female colleague who accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. NBC has said current executives didn't receive any complaints before the one Monday that triggered Lauer's immediate dismissal the next day.

Lauer's mid-morning outing came shortly after Today read the ex-anchor's full apology on the air at the start of the program on Thursday. But there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.

Lauer's statement did not go into detail.

She described Mr. Lauer as "a dear, dear friend", and said she was "heartbroken for the courageous colleague who came forward to tell her story".

This article was republished from the New York Post with permission.

None of the accusers in the story were named and NBC has not yet confirmed their accounts.

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After firing Lauer, NBC News' human resources department said they're now sifting through Lauer's emails in an effort to bring more justice to any colleagues who may have suffered in silence. Fox News Channel mandated a new round of training for employees in the wake of many lawsuits and disclosures alleging untoward sexually aggressive behavior at the company that surfaced after the ouster of former chief Roger Ailes.

Reiterating comments from a memo he sent Wednesday, Lack said the top priority is to create a safe workplace environment and that unacceptable actions are "met with consequences, no matter who the offender".

One told the Post, "Matt's office is being completely demolished".

As we write this Lack still has his job.

The Fox News reporter tweeted Wednesday that the sexual harassment issue is "so red hot right now there is no room for any thought or opinion but hang em high". That news drew a strong response from executives at NBC on Friday.

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