Matt Lauer has apologized for his sexual misconduct in a statement released Thursday morning.
That being said, because irony (and karma) never fails to deliver, Today's ratings have actually gone up since the network unceremoniously dumped Lauer, attracting more viewers than Good Morning America, its rival at ABC, all five days last week-the first time in nearly a year, according to the Associated Press.
After the $20 million man's termination, more women came forward to testify against Lauer and his myriad of sexual peculiarities he tried to force onto multiple NBC employees.
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.
"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", he added. "I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly".
Craig Melvin with Matt Lauer
On Monday, a source at NBC told ET that 59-year-old Lauer won't be paid beyond his last day of work - which was last Tuesday. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry".
"He pinches me on the ass a lot", Couric said on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live".
"This would give the network the opportunity to make Melvin into a star at NBC". Lauer had renewed his contract previous year for a $25 million annual salary through 2018.
Craig Melvin with Matt Lauer.
The ratings for The Today Show have spike through the roof since Lauer's departure, with audiences responding well to anchors, Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford.
"We are heartbroken", Guthrie said Wednesday. But is he going to use his power to be a predator on women? "How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?"
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