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Matt Lauer issues statement after sexual misconduct allegations

Former “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC on Wednesday amid sexual misconduct allegations, issued a response Thursday morning to the accusations against him.

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” Lauer said in a statement that Savannah Guthrie read on “Today.” “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.”

The statement continued: “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.

“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 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.”

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