Former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer and his wife, Annette Roque, have officially started the divorce process after several women came forward and accused Lauer of sexual misconduct. The news doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Since NBC fired the 60-year-old in November, Roque has met with divorce lawyers and kicked Lauer out of their Hamptons home. Now Lauer believes he can start fresh both in his personal and professional life.
Any attempts Lauer made to fix things with Roque didn’t work, and their marriage is over. An insider says that the former model decided to take her time with the process for the sake of their three kids: Jack, 16, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11.
Lauer is staying at a home nearby, so he can still spend time with his children. He owns a $36 million estate in North Haven, plus a house in Sag Harbor and a horse farm in Water Mill.
NBC was paying Lauer $20 million a year under the contract he signed in 2016.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 25, 2018
The couple has been married for nearly two decades, but have lived separate lives for ten years, with Roque living in their Hamptons home while Lauer stayed at their New York City apartment on Park Avenue.
Roque filed for divorce back in 2006, citing extreme mental and emotional distress, but she withdrew the paperwork a few weeks later after he offered millions of dollars in a postnuptial agreement.
Since NBC abruptly fired him, he has been fighting to save the marriage with no success.
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 24, 2018
Now the disgraced former anchor is looking to the future and would like to find a way to get back on television. He knows that it will take a lot for people to change their opinion about him and doing an interview probably won’t be the smartest move.
If he meant the words he wrote in his public statement following his termination, then now is a time for some serious self-reflection. He said that repairing the damage he caused was going to take a lot of time and soul searching, but he was committed to starting the effort and it is now his full-time job.
NBC fired Matt Lauer due to the alleged sexual harassment of an intern during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
After the network let him go, several other women came forward with similar claims.