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(PAGE SIX) – A day after being fired by NBC, former “Today” host Matt Lauer on Thursday broke his silence on the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against him — saying some of the accusations are “untrue” but that he is “truly sorry” for the pain he has inflicted.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Lauer added that some of what has been said about him 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,” he continued. “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.”
The entire statement was read aloud on Thursday’s “Today” show, where Savannah Guthrie was once again joined by Hoda Kotb, who also filled in for Lauer on Wednesday.
“It is a difficult morning here again,” Kotb said. “Our top story is once again about our former colleague.”
The 20-year “Today” veteran’s stunning downfall sent shock waves across the country Wednesday when his co-hosts announced his ouster — the latest in a series of high-profile men who have fallen from grace because of lurid behavior.
Lauer is accused of predatory behavior by several female former colleagues — including one who says he locked her in his office, then sexually assaulted her.