On Thursday morning, one day after Today show anchor Matt Lauer was fired for sexual misconduct, he released an apology that his former co-anchor Savannah Guthrie read on the news.
The statement reads:
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.
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 cherished dearly. 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.
In addition, Today show correspondent Stephanie Gosk reported after the apology that two more women have come forward, anonymously, with allegations against Lauer.
Variety wrote a damning story about the sexual harassment claims. It reads, in part, "Despite being married, Lauer was fixated on women, especially their bodies and looks, according to more than 10 accounts from current and former employees."
On Wednesday morning, when Guthrie shared news about her partner Lauer, she said at the time, "we are devastated."