Matt Lauer Amassed Millions of Dollars as ‘Today’ Host
Today show host Matt Lauer has been fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” by NBC News—the company that made him one of the richest men in television, paying him in excess of at least $100 million over his career.
Lauer was terminated after a colleague filed a complaint this week, according to a statement by NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack. Lauer has not publicly commented on the firing. NBC did not immediately return a request for comment.
The news of Lauer’s firing comes on the heels of several other high-profile sexual misconduct scandals involving rich and powerful men, including the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Lauer’s fellow TV hosts Charlie Rose and Bill O’Reilly. Another thing Lauer shares with O’Reilly: Before they were fired, the two were among the highest-paid hosts on TV, with O’Reilly reportedly making $18.5 million per year and Lauer pulling in $25 million annually.