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NBC Airs Statement From Lauer Expressing Regret

Anchor was fired after sexual misconduct complaint

NBC News today released a statement from fired Today show anchor expressing regret for his actions.

The statement was read on the air on the Today show by Savanah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, who took Lauer’s place in the anchor chair.

Related: NBC Fires Lauer After Harassment Allegations

Since NBC News announced that Lauer had been fired, more women have come forward with stories about sexual misconduct by the powerful anchor.

Here is Lauer’s statement, which was also tweeted by the Today show:

“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 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 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."