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Reporter and former CNN contributor Matt Lauer was fired on Tuesday, according to a statement from his employer.
Lauer’s abrupt departure came just weeks after a New York Times investigation found that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with a former intern.
Lachlan Markay, a CNN producer who was part of the investigation, said in a statement that Lauer made the decision after consulting with his “team and counsel.”
He said he is “shocked and deeply saddened by Matt’s departure,” adding that “it is our sincere hope that Matt will have a strong future in journalism.”
In a statement, Lauer, who also co-hosts “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” said that he “was not aware of or condoned” the Times report and that “the decision to step down was completely made by Matt, not me.”
CNN is the network that Lachlann Markay is reporting for.
A spokesperson for Lauer did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
CNN reported on Lauer and Markay’s report in late February.
Lauding Lauer for his investigative journalism, Markay wrote that Lauterborn “has been an invaluable resource to the newsroom, and will continue to do so.”
The report also revealed that Laxerborn had sexual encounters with at least three interns, as well as two other women.
The report was based on a year-long investigation by The Times into allegations that Laus is a serial sexual harasser.
It was released on Tuesday by the New York attorney general’s office.
Lauters decision to resign came on the heels of a scathing report by the Times, which was published in early March.
The Times found that Laurac was paid $20 million for his role as a CNN contributor in 2015 and that he allegedly offered to pay interns for their work on his behalf.
Laurache’s attorneys did not respond to requests for comment from CNN.
Laus also resigned from CNN in May.
In a post on his Twitter account, Laus said he was resigning “out of concern for my health and for the health of my family.”
“In the midst of a very difficult situation, it is important that I take the time to consider what I want to do next and how I will live my life in the future,” he wrote.
The decision to fire Lauer comes less than two months after CNN’s president Jeff Zucker, who stepped down from his role earlier this month, resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.
CNN has been under pressure from the Trump administration to distance itself from Lauer.
The network, which is owned by 21st Century Fox, has repeatedly called for a boycott of products produced by advertisers, including Kellogg, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.
The company has said that it will not pull advertising from the network or advertisers who are not “pro-family.”
Reporter and former CNN contributor Matt Lauer was fired on Tuesday, according to a statement from his employer.Lauer’s abrupt departure…