Former NBC “Today" show host Matt Lauer apologized for his actions on Thursday after he was fired from the network amid sexual misconduct allegations.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” Lauer’s statement began.
Several employees of the “Today" show have accused Lauer of sexual harassment, including that he gifted a colleague a sex toy, showed a female colleague his penis, and had a button below his desk that automatically locked his office door.
Lauer said some of the reports about his behavior are not true, but didn’t clarify which ones.
“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,” he said.
Lauer said it’s now his full-time job to fix his “troubling flaws” that got him fired.
“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job,” he said. “The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling,” he said.