Matt Lauer, leading morning news anchor for NBC, has been fired due to sexual misconduct allegations the broadcast company announced on 29 November 2017.
Matt Lauer, leading morning news anchor for NBC, has been fired due to sexual misconduct allegations the broadcast company announced on 29 November 2017. EPA - PETER FOLEY

‘Like he never existed’: NBC erases Lauer

NBC News is bulldozing and erasing all memory of Matt Lauer from 30 Rock by demolishing his office, ripping off his name plate from the building and destroying all pictures of the shamed anchor.

Network insiders said Lauer's office on the third floor of 30 Rock was one of many undergoing renovation, but now they have instead started tearing it apart, New York Post reports.

One told the Post, "Matt's office is being completely demolished".

"Everything is going, including that button under his desk, his name plate, the photos of him in the hallways, the pictures of him online and on NBC News social media," the source said.

"They are so sickened by his behaviour it is almost like they want to pretend he never existed."

Meanwhile, nypost.com reports Lauer is offering grovelling apologies to several his former colleagues by sending personal emails saying, "I am truly sorry." The insider added that many of the Today staffers are so shocked and outraged by Lauer's behaviour they have been unable to find the words to write back.

It comes it was revealed Lauyer would not receive a $30 million payout from NBC News, network bosses have ruled, even though his lawyers argue he still has over a year left on his contract.

Meanwhile, NBC News HR staff continue to comb through his work email to find possible further evidence of sexual harassment.

Lauer had also said in a public apology, "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. As I am writing this, I realise the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC."

Reps for Lauer and NBC declined to comment.

This article was republished from the New York Post with permission.


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