Matt Lauer “embarrassed” and “ashamed” of sexual assault scandal – “There are no words to express my regret for the pain I have caused”

Yesterday, we told you that Matt Lauer has been instantly fired from The Today Show following a string of sexual assault allegations made against him.

And now, he has broken his silence and spoken out about it for the first time. The disgraced anchor apologised profusely in a statement that was read out on air by Today‘s Savannah Guthrie.

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he began, before going on to suggest that some of the allegations might not be 100% accurate…

“To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realise the depth of the damage and disappoint 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 deeply.

“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I am committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full-time job.

“The last two days have forced me to take very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace.”

Since he was fired from The Today Show, two more women have come forward and made complaints about Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct.