Matt Lauer issues statement (read statement)

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Matt Lauer issued a statement on the heels of his firing from the “Today” show after accusations surfaced of sexual misconduct.

In a statement read by his former “Today” co-hosts, Lauer said, “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.

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 the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

A new report in The New York Times claims Lauer had sex with a married woman at work until she passed out on the floor. And in another report from TMZ, a video surfaced of Lauer speaking about a woman bending over on set, and how it was a great view from his vantage. Watch video.

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