In yet another bombshell sexual misconduct allegation, NBC News announced Wednesday morning that it had fired long-time "Today" show host Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," behavior chairman Andy Lack said in a memo was likely not an "isolated incident."
President Trump responded to the announcement by calling for more firings of news hosts and network executives for "putting out so much Fake News," and suggesting further examination of Andy Lack's "past."
"Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for 'inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.' But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!" wrote Trump.
Trump did not give any specifics about what aspect of Lack's "past" he believes merits further inquiry.
In a follow-up tweet, Trump took a shot at MSNBC President Phil Griffin and "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough.
"So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the 'unsolved mystery' that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!" he wrote.
On Wednesday, Lauer's co-hosts on the "Today" show announced that he was fired and presented the following memo Lack sent employees:
Dear colleagues, on Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior 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. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been here at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender. We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.
Following the announcement, Page Six reported that a female NBC staffer, who asked to remain anonymous, told the outlet that Lauer had sexually assaulted her during the Rio Olympics:
Matt Lauer allegedly sexually assaulted a female NBC staffer during the Rio Olympics, sources told Page Six. The staffer, who has not been named and wishes to remain anonymous, complained to NBC News bosses yesterday, prompting them to move fast and fire him.