NBC opened the Today Show broadcast this morning with news that veteran host Matt Lauer had been fired. In a statement sent to NBC staffers early this morning, NBC News chairman Andy Lack wrote, “On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.” Page Six of the New York Post reports the alleged sexual assault occurred during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics where Lauer hosted the opening ceremonies for NBC.
"We are devastated," co-host Savannah Guthrie told the Today Show audience this morning. "But we will be covering this story as reporters, as journalists. I’m sure we will be learning more details in the hours and days to come, and we promise we will share that with you.”
The Hollywood Reporter says CNN is boycotting President Donald Trump's White House Christmas party: "In light of the President's continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests," CNN executives said in a prepared statement Tuesday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out her own statement, via Twitter, shortly after: "Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN."
An armed standoff in Nampa ended early this morning after a suspect surrendered to law enforcement. KTVB reports Nampa police were called to the 1600 block of Lava Avenue on Tuesday after receiving reports of shots being fired inside a house. One person exited the house but when police arrived on the scene, a male suspect refused to leave. After a long night of negotiations with SWAT officers, the suspect, with what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries, surrendered and was taken to a local hospital.