Washington D.C. [United States], Nov.29 (ANI): American network NBC has fired its leading morning news anchor Matt Lauer after it received complaint about his "inappropriate sexual behaviour in workplace."
The 'Today' staff learned the news shortly before going live.
Guthrie said, "All we can say is we are heartbroken; I'm heartbroken."
He dubbed Lauer as "a dear, dear friend."
Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades, reported CNN.
He said the allegation against Lauer "represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment."
"It was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network," However, he acknowledged that, "this may not have been an isolated incident."
Lauer, 59, was named a co-anchor of 'Today' in January 1997 after three years as the newsreader. (ANI)