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People Logo People | Slide 1 of 14: <p>Lauer, who worked on Today for over two decades, was fired in November 2017 after alleged inappropriate sexual behavior throughout 2014, including at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a source told PEOPLE. "We are heartbroken. I'm heartbroken for Matt – he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved by many, many people here," Lauer's co-anchor Savannah Guthrie said on the morning show, after reading NBC News chairman Andrew Lack's memo to staff announcing Lauer's firing. "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." Lauer's termination comes after a string of firings of top stars in television news, following the ouster of Fox News' Bill O’Reilly and CBS' Charlie Rose.</p>

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Lauer, who worked on Today for over two decades, was fired in November 2017 after alleged inappropriate sexual behavior throughout 2014, including at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a source told PEOPLE. "We are heartbroken. I'm heartbroken for Matt – he is my dear, dear friend and my partner, and he has been loved by many, many people here," Lauer's co-anchor Savannah Guthrie said on the morning show, after reading NBC News chairman Andrew Lack's memo to staff announcing Lauer's firing. "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." Lauer's termination comes after a string of firings of top stars in television news, following the ouster of Fox News' Bill O’Reilly and CBS' Charlie Rose.

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