After being fired last week due to allegations of sexual misconduct with co-workers, Matt Lauer has kept a low profile by retreating to his house in the Hamptons. After such a disgraceful exit from his $20 million a year gig at the Today Show, is it possible he will ever make a comeback and appear on TV again?
Hollywood Life spoke to the CEO and founder of Strategic Vision PR Group, David Johnson, and he says there is no coming back from such lurid and graphic charges.
“These charges went against Matt Lauer’s whole image and brand which is what makes this an even greater crisis for him. His career as he knew it is over,” said Johnson.
ICYMI + Report Claims Matt Lauer Fathered Two Children With ‘Unidentified Women’ While Married https://t.co/yT9z2Qsxyz
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) December 14, 2017
The allegations against the 59-year-old include exposing himself to female colleagues, giving a female co-worker a sex toy as a gift, having sex with a woman in his office until she passed out, and having a secret button under his desk to lock the door to avoid interruptions.
Extra reports that a former colleague of Lauer’s says that he thinks the former anchor should retire. Lauer has said in the past he has made his money and wants to spend more time with his kids and golf.
While this isn’t the way he wanted to go out, Matt Lauer now has the opportunity to run away and live life with his family, instead of being on air.
He may have had a big-time contract with NBC, but because they fired him “with cause,” he will not receive a $30 million payout from the network. Since he had a year and a half left on his contract, Lauer’s lawyers argued that NBC owed him the remainder of the money from the agreement.
Where in the world is Matt Lauer? Who cares! Ratings for Today have been on the rise since its firing. https://t.co/Fw5ziQQmmH
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) December 13, 2017
But, according to Page Six, being fired for sexual misconduct means the network has no obligation to pay out the rest of his contract through 2018. The Peacock network only paid him through the last day he worked and not a penny more.
Apparently, Lauer’s behavior had been going on for years, but NBC just swept it under the rug. This fact is angering many on the news staff, and NBC News President Noah Oppenheim is doing his best to calm the situation down. Many are furious at how execs handled the Lauer scandal, and they aren’t afraid to speak up.
Other concerns at the network include the lack of a replacement for him. Matt Lauer dispatched rivals throughout his twenty years on the Today Show, and now the network finds themselves with a $500 million franchise that doesn’t have an heir.