“Today” Host Megyn Kelly invited former host Matt Lauer to come on her show and explain his alleged sexual assaults Thursday.
“As hard as it is to report on one of our own colleagues, we remain committed to telling people’s stories if they choose to come forward,” Kelly said on her morning show on NBC. “The women in this case, too, the Matt Lauer case, are invited and welcome to do that on this show. We have been that place in all the other cases, and we will be that place, as well as for the accused here on this hour.”
Lauer was fired Wednesday, and several different women have come forward since to share their Matt Lauer sexual assault stories.
Some of the more shocking accounts include a time a female colleague who said Lauer gave her a sex toy as a gift. He also allegedly sexted an intern during his coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Lauer officially apologized in a prepared statement to CNN for his behavior, ensuring to leave room for doubt with respect to “some” of the allegations against him.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer told CNN. “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,” Lauer concluded.
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