Firing of Matt Lauer called 'just the beginning' of US movement

30/11/2017

NBC News has fired popular Today show host Matt Lauer after receiving a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace, the network said.

CBS correspondent Mola Lenghi joins The AM Show to discuss the allegations against of one of America’s most recognisable faces.

[Today] is really is an institution in American television,” says Mr Lenghi. “And he is one of the faces of that program.”

Matt Lauer has been described as one of the most powerful on-air talents at NBC.

“As we know, he’s been fired for inappropriate sexual behaviour,” says Mr Lenghi.

He explains that the allegations stem from an incident that occurred during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“Women are feeling empowered to come forward with these awful, often traumatising stories,” says Mr Lenghi.

It’s really just the beginning of a national movement that we are going through here.

Mr Lenghi explains that the movement appears to be moving from industry to industry.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a statement: "On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace by Matt Lauer."

"It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment.

Mr Lack said it was the first complaint lodged against the Today host since he took over as anchor in 1997, but there was reason to believe it may not have been an isolated incident. 

Watch the full interview with Mola Lenghi above.

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