Matt Lauer’s ex-wife responds to allegations
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Former "Today" host Matt Lauer's ex-wife spoke out in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against the former anchor. 

"I was shocked because he’s been such a stalwart at that network and in that job," Nancy Alspaugh told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. 

"He’s been the best person that’s ever held that job and I couldn’t imagine that anything that he would have done, that would have been so out of character for him, that would have caused that reaction," she continued. 

Alspaugh, who was married to Lauer in the 1980s, said she had been approached by a reporter before the report detailing the allegations against Lauer surfaced. 

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“I called him to let him know that a reporter had shown up at my door and was saying that some things were going to be coming out," she said. 

"And when I called him, he thanked me for the call, and I got the contact of the reporter and he said of course none of it was true," she continued. 

The comments from Lauer's former wife come one day after the longtime anchor was fired from NBC after an employee accused him of sexual misconduct. 

Variety published a report on Wednesday after Lauer's termination, detailing the accusations, which included Lauer exposing himself to a female colleague, giving a sex toy to a colleague, and taking part in a lewd quiz game. 

Lauer issued an apology following the revelations, but said some of the incidents were mischaracterized. 

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," he said. 

"To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC."