Matt Lauer is keeping a low profile after being fired from the Today show over sexual misconduct allegations.
Days after his termination, the 59-year-old newsman quietly deactivated his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The decision to remove himself completely from social media comes after multiple women came forward accusing Lauer of "inappropriate sexual behavior."
On Thursday, the former Today co-host -- who had worked on the NBC morning show for over 20 years -- broke his silence in a statement that was read aloud on the program by his former colleague, Savannah Guthrie.
“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,” reads his statement. “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."
Guthrie also broke the news of Lauer's firing on Today, and a source told ET that she has been "affected the most" by the news. "She’s not herself. She’s visibly shaken," the source said, explaining that around the studio on Thursday morning, Guthrie appeared "sad, in deep thought and preoccupied" off-camera. "She is doing her best to stay upbeat and jolly on-air."
A few hours after Guthrie read Lauer's statement on Today, he was spotted in East Hampton, New York, where his family resides, meeting with criminal lawyer Eddie Burke, Jr. An eyewitness tells ET that the TV personality appeared “sad and sheepish” and “did not look happy” during the exchange.
This is the first time Lauer has been seen out since the allegations were made public.
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