Matt Lauer Steps Out for First Time After Being Fired From 'Today' Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Just one day after it was announced that he was fired from the Today show, Matt Lauer was out and about in East Hampton, New York, where his family resides.

Dressed in a navy blue sweater, jeans, brown boots and dark sunglasses, the 59-year-old newsman was seen getting out of his Jeep to meet with a man in a gray suit.

After hugging the gentleman, Lauer handed him a piece of paper before getting back into his vehicle and driving off. An eyewitness tells ET that the TV personality appeared “sad and sheepish” and “did not look happy” during the exchange.

The man in the suit is apparently criminal defense attorney Eddie Burke, Jr. According to his law firm's website, Burke and his associates have "been involved in high profile cases as well as several high verdict negligence cases that have been the topic of articles and discussions in national media."

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Lauer's brief meeting at the East Hampton railway station occurred just hours after his former colleague, Savannah Guthrie, read aloud his statement at the top of Thursday's Today show. In the statement, he addresses the sexual misconduct allegations that led to his termination after 20 years on the NBC morning program.

"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," Lauer said. "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."

Here's more on Lauer's termination from Today and the multiple allegations against him:

Additional reporting by Tracie De La Rosa.

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