Matt Lauer is 'broken and ashamed' following 'Today' firing

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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".

After a massive backlash on social media, the Today show host also issued a public statement apologising for his "words and actions" that caused pain to certain people. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry".

Page Six notes that Lauer was not only an alleged creep; he reportedly was so ruthless and insecure about his position as NBC's golden boy that he "killed off, in their infancy, every man who could succeed him at the time that he was ready to hang it up-so there's nobody to take his place. 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.

On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 29, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack sent an email to staffers saying Lauer had been fired following a complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace".

Apparently, many of Lauer's co-workers were surprised by the news.

A source told Entertainment Tonight that the 38-year-old Melvin, who anchors MSNBC Live weekdays and is also the co-anchor of Today on Saturday, has fans among NBC and the staff, and the company could be tapping him for a much-needed upgrade.

"He is weak and broken and ashamed by his own admission". Lauer had renewed his contract previous year for a $25 million annual salary through 2018. Since being fired, reports in Variety and The New York Times have accused Lauer of shocking behavior, including using a button concealed underneath his desk to lock his door and repeatedly quizzing female producers about their sex lives. Melvin is now on MSNBC live and also co-hosts, Today, on Saturdays.

"We were in the makeup room and he sort of asked the makeup artist to leave", Berman said in an interview with Inside Edition.

This is what happens when you behave badly, folks! I don't know the answer to that.

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