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Published: 11/29/2017 08:23:00 -05:00 Updated:
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Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades.

 

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Lauer was informed of the network's decision late Tuesday night, before he went to bed, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Reporters for The New York Times and Variety had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment by CNN. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation.

Related: Read Andrew Lack's memo to NBC staff

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct.

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