Lauer who is being accused of sexual harassment or assault allegations reportedly signed a $20 million dollar contract last year. He finally broke his silence over the allegations in a statement on December 30 by a former co-anchor on-air.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he continued. “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.”
He said, “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 added, “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. The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”
One of Lauer’s colleague from NBC’s “Today” told People, the former co-host of “Today” who has been fired and facing sexual assault allegations is still reeling from the situation.
The colleague said, “He is weak and broken and ashamed by his own admission.”
The colleague said, “He is my friend. He is human, and he is flawed. But is he going to use his power to be a predator on women? Until I see solid evidence of that, I just can’t believe it. We don’t know the details.”
Most of the employees working in the Rockefeller Center are heartbroken due to the sexual misconduct allegations made against Lauer, and to know about the difference in personalities between the man they know and the Lauer his accusers portrayed.
The staffer says, “The reason people are so upset and people are crying on our staff, which is like 80 percent women, is because he was really loved and treated people really well.” Adds, “And it’s shocking to think that there could be this side.”