Read the NBC News memo on firing Matt Lauer over “inappropriate sexual behavior”

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

What You Need to Know: Matt Lauer

NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent an email to the organization that longtime host Matt Lauer had been terminated over a complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."

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It was read at the top of the “Today” show Wednesday morning by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, and obtained by USA TODAY.         

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 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. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.

 

Andy

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Watch the 53rd Annual ACM Awards Sunday night on WHIO-TV

Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 11:19 AM

The country music legend is back to host for the 15th time. The 53rd Annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 15th on WHIO-TV.

Country music superstar Reba McEntire returns to host the annual Academy of Country Music Awards Show  live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15th.

This year’s show will air live on WHIO-TV at 8 p.m. and feature several performances from some of Country Music’s biggest artists including Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, and many more. 

Chris Stapleton leads all artists with 8 nominations. Thomas Rhett is next with 6 nominations. 

For more on  the ACM Awards check out ACMCountry.com

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Omarosa returning to reality TV after White House exit

Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, Omarosa Manigault smiles at reporters as she walks through the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Manigault Newman is following up her year in the White House with a stint on
In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, Omarosa Manigault smiles at reporters as she walks through the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Manigault Newman is following up her year in the White House with a stint on "Celebrity Big Brother." CBS unveiled the cast of the reality show's upcoming season Sunday with a commercial that aired during the Grammy Awards. Besides Manigault Newman, other contestants include basketball star Metta World Peace and actresses Marissa Jaret Winokur and Keshia Knight Pulliam. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)(Seth Wenig/AP)

Omarosa Manigault Newman, “The Apprentice” star-turned-White House aide, will return to reality television next month, CBS announced Sunday.

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Manigault Newman submitted her resignation last month as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, effective Jan. 20. Reports indicated Manigault Newman was escorted from the White House last month after an argument with Chief of Staff John Kelly, although the U.S. Secret Service denied that authorities escorted her from White House grounds.

She previously served as President Donald Trump’s chief adviser on African-American issues in the White House.

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Manigault Newman will compete with 10 other celebrities to win $250,000 on “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition.” Other competitors include actress Shannon Elizabeth, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath and former NBA star Metta World Peace.

The show will premiere with a trio of episodes starting Feb. 7 and 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Katie Couric shares thoughts on Matt Lauer's firing

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 12:23 PM

What You Need to Know: Matt Lauer

Katie Couric shared her opinions about Matt Lauer's firing from the "Today" show in an exclusive People interview published Saturday.

Couric's opinion on the controversy was sought last month immediately after the bombshell sexual harassment and assault allegations against Lauer were made public, but at the time, Couric said that while the news was "incredibly upsetting," she wasn't ready to talk about it.

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Couric, 61, and Lauer hosted the "Today" show together for 15 years. 

Couric told People that the allegations have been painful for her to learn, and that she had no idea such activity was going on during her "Today" tenure. Couric said that she and Lauer had a "brother-sister" relationship and that he treated her with respect. She also addressed a 2012 clip of her on Andy Cohen's late-night show when she said Lauer pinched her on the buttocks a lot. Couric told People the comment was a joke.

Couric called the allegations made against her former co-host "disturbing, distressing and disorienting” and said such behavior is “completely unacceptable.” 

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'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

WATCH: ‘Game of Thrones’ Inspired Hotel Opens

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, a Finnish hotel chain has built the ultimate experience for fans of “Game of Thrones,” made entirely from ice and snow.

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Lapland Hotels’ SnowVillage, set about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, opened last month with an ice restaurant, an ice bar, an ice chapel and a “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel. The hotel features a life-sized, ice Iron Throne guarded by an ice Gregor Clegane, a Braavosi Hall of Faces carved from snow and a dragon-shaped ice slide. Adventurous travelers can even sleep under the watchful, glowing eyes of a white walker made of snow.

>> Photos: See the real life filming locations of ‘Game of Thrones’

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