As you probably remember, the man ended up being fired from Today amid sexual harassment accusations. Now, in his very first interview since the scandal, Matt Lauer is opening up about the ‘difficult times’ he has been though.
Lauer talked to Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint With John Campbell about an issue regarding his ranch there.
Apparently, the 60-year-old TV personality purchased the property prior to his scandal exploding and is now fighting with several government groups that are demanding that he gives more access to hunters and hikers to reach Hawea Conservation Park.
It looks like Hunter Valley Station, where his ranch is, is the only passage to Hawea Conservation Park.
But Lauer, who is not a fan of doing this, believes the groups are actually ‘taking advantage’ of his fall from grace.
‘I believe these groups that are behind this are in some way, unfortunately, taking advantage of the difficult times I have been through over the past six months, and I think they see me as an easy mark. And what they are going to try to do is put this through, which would set a precedent because this has not been done ever before with a pastoral leaseholder or property owner without that person’s consent,’ the man explained his stance.
He went on to argue that during the time he’s owned the property, he has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in its improvement and thinks it’s unfair for them to suddenly, after a year, to change the rules.
But despite this, Lauer did say he is open to talking about ‘compensation’ in case the easement is granted.
On the other hand, the Walking Access Commission and Department argues that the public should get more access due to the fact that the land is technically the government’s property.