About one year after Matt Lauer was unceremoniously axed from the Today show over sexual misconduct, he is said to be in a terrible place with his life.
A reliable spoke to PEOPLE and said the disgraced TV personality has no love life and is struggling to understand and accept his new reality.
A source close to the former NBC news anchor shared: “It has been hard for him. He went from being a super busy person to having nothing but time on his hands. He is not doing well. He is not thinking about working again right now. He doesn’t sit around thinking about a comeback.”
Lauer is staying at home and focusing on his children — sons Jack, 17, and Thijs, 11, and daughter Romy, 14.
The family friend added: “He’s trying to get by putting all his energy into his kids. He is working on his relationship with his kids. They have a good relationship, but they’ve been through a lot.”
Lauer and his estranged wife, Annette Roque, are in the process of divorcing and are still living together at their Hamptons home.
The insider claimed: “All he wants is to be involved in his kid’s lives. He spends his days doing as much kids stuff as he can. He is not dating. Some former colleagues have visited him. He has some long-term friends he sees and hangs out with on a regular basis.”
Several women accused Lauer of inappropriate conduct. A former NBC employee claimed that Lauer sexually assaulted her in his office in 2001.
Lauer took responsibility for his mistakes and apologized by saying: “Five months ago I was terminated by NBC after admitting to past relationships with co-workers. A day later I took responsibility, apologized to the people I had hurt and promised to begin the process of repairing the damage I had caused my family. I have worked every day since then to honor that promise.”
Savannah Guthrie, who announced that Lauer, was out reflected on the scandal by saying: “I was terrified. Terrified to think of who would possibly sit next to me [in Lauer’s place], and could I hold this show? I didn’t think so. In fact, I knew I couldn’t.”
Lauer is said to be still eyeing a comeback.