attended the 45th Chaplin Award Gala honoring Helen Mirren
at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Monday, where the 63-year-old Today
show co-anchor spoke about his former colleague, Matt Lauer
and his first statement since he was fired five months ago for “sexual misconduct in the workplace.”
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"Well, look, I can't speak to what Matt is doing or why he chose to do it, but I think we're all evolving and changing and we all have to find our place in this world," Roker told Entertainment Tonight regarding Matt’s statement.
Matt released a statement to The Washington Post last Wednesday, denying allegations of “coercive, aggressive or abusive actions” after the publication reached out to him for comment on their report examining how NBC has handled sexual harassment scandals involving several of the network’s biggest stars.
Matt's statement read: "I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months. I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up."
Adding, "I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false."
"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," he said at the time.
As for Al, he just does his job and minds his business. "My deal is I just do my job and just be thrilled that I'm working with, you know... I like being with the people I work with," he said.