(CNSNews.com) - In a bombshell report on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday, Savannah Guthrie tearfully announced the firing of her partner, longtime Today show anchor Matt Lauer, for "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace."
Guthrie said she learned about it shortly before going on the show.
"This is a sad morning here at Today and at NBC News," Guthrie said at the show's open. "Just moments ago, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack sent the following note to our organization:
She read the note on-air, as follows:
On Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we have decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over 20 years he has been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.
Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender. We are deeply saddened by this turn of events, but we will face it together as a news organization and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.
Guthrie told viewers: "As I'm sure you can imagine, we are devastated. We are still processing all of this, and I will tell you right now we do not know more than what I just shared with you. But we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I'm sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come. And we promise we will share that with you."
Guthrie called Lauer a “dear, dear friend” and her partner and she said she was heartbroken. "And I'm heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell," Guthrie added.