Matt Lauer issues apology

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NEW YORK (AP) - Former “Today Show” anchor, Matt Lauer says he is "truly sorry" to anyone he has hurt with his words and actions. 

In his first public comments since being fired by NBC amid sexual misconduct allegations, Lauer says in the statement: "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 or ashamed.”

Lauer's former "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie read a statement from Lauer at the top of Thursday's show, a day after he was fired by NBC for "inappropriate sexual behavior." Published reports accuse Lauer of crude and habitual misconduct with other women around the office.

He says, "Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching" and says he's "committed to beginning that effort."

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