Matt Lauer Addresses His NBC News Termination With A Somber Statement: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’

Matt Lauer is offering up a mea culpa.

On Thursday morning, the disgraced journalist spoke out about his NBC News termination for the first time, as his former Today cohost Savannah Guthrie read a statement on his behalf.

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On behalf of Lauer, Guthrie shared:

“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.”

Well, that’s a start. The statement continued:

“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.

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.”


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