Matt Lauer Is 'Weak and Broken and Ashamed' After Today Show Firing, Friend Says

A week after NBC fired Matt Lauer, a suspended anchor is still reeling.

“He is diseased and damaged and ashamed by his possess admission,” one of Lauer’s former Today show colleagues tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“He is my friend,” a co-worker adds. “He is human, and he is flawed. But is he going to use his energy to be a predator on women? Until we see plain justification of that, we only can’t trust it. We don’t know a details.”

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Lauer, 59, was terminated after a network perceived a “detailed censure from a co-worker about inapt passionate behavior,” with reason to trust “this might not have been an removed incident.” A source after told PEOPLE that Lauer was let go due to sexual misconduct with that lady via 2014, including during a Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Another source with believe of a conditions pronounced Lauer had noticed this attribute as “consensual” and was “dumbfounded” by a accusation.)

In a arise of his firing, several insiders have told PEOPLE that a maestro morning host was allegedly mostly unfaithful to his wife of 19 years, Annette Roque. Women have also anonymously indicted him of sexual harassment and assault in reports published by Variety and The New York Times.

“All of us are career women, and not one of us would have put adult with an sourroundings that’s as sickening as has been described,” a co-worker insists. “There was never anything we was annoyed by on any level. we wouldn’t have put adult with it. Neither would any of us.”

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Lauer — who assimilated a network in 1992 as a newsreader on Today, had been co-anchor of a morning uncover given Jan 1997 and reportedly signed a $20 million dollar contract last year — broke his silence on a allegations in a matter review Thursday morning by his former co-hosts on-air.

“There are no difference to demonstrate my grief and bewail for a pain we have caused others by difference and actions,” he said. “To a people we have hurt, we am truly sorry. As we am essay this, we comprehend a abyss of a repairs and beating we have left behind during home and during NBC.”

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“Some of what is being pronounced about me is wrong or mischaracterized, but there is adequate law in these stories to make me feel broke and ashamed. we bewail that my contrition is now common by a people we delight dearly,” he continued. “Repairing a repairs will take a lot of time and essence searching, and I’m committed to commencement that effort. It is now my full time job. The final dual days have forced me to take a unequivocally tough demeanour during my possess discouraging flaws. It’s been humbling. we am sanctified to be surrounded by people we love. we appreciate them for their calm and grace.”

Last week, Lauer left New York City for a Hamptons home where Roque lives full-time with a couple’s three children: son Jack, 16, daughter Romy, 14, and son Thijs, 11.

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Another Today staffer told PEOPLE that most employees inside Rockefeller Center are sad over what’s transpired and ripped between a male they knew and a Lauer portrayed by his accusers.

“The reason people are so dissapoint and people are great on the staff, that is like 80 percent women, is since he was unequivocally desired and treated people unequivocally well,” the staffer said. “And it’s intolerable to consider that there could be this side.”

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