It has been months since Matt Lauer’s abrupt firing from NBC’s Today Show because of sexual misconduct allegations, and new reports claim that the isolated life he had been living in the Hamptons is not so isolated anymore.
Since Lauer’s fall from grace, he has been hiding out at one of the two large properties he owns, reportedly residing in the guest house while his estranged wife, Annette Roque, and children live in the main house. Although he has not been a fixture on the party circuit like he has been in years past, Lauer can often be seen running errands around town.
But now that summer has come and tourists flock to the area, it is rumored that Lauer may be thinking about relocating to “the mountains.”
— New York Post (@nypost) June 11, 2018
While at a recent lunch with Today senior producer Deborah Kosofsky, Lauer was overheard discussing vacation spots, and sources even went so far as to claim that he was thinking about leaving the Hamptons for a more remote location.
While Lauer is trying to remain out of the spotlight and save his broken marriage, he reportedly refuses to let go of his former show. After he was let go, sources revealed that Lauer emailed producers to criticize their music choice at the beginning of a segment.
But, even though Lauer is trying to hold onto the past, NBC is moving forward. They named Hoda Kotb as his permanent replacement on the Today Show, and she will be joining Savannah Guthrie to become the first female co-hosts of the popular morning news program.
Guthrie and Kotb have remained mum about Lauer since they tearfully announced he had been fired, but Willie Geist revealed that the father of three is “doing as good as he can be,” and taking the time to reconnect with his family and figure things out.
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Geist – who many thought was a top contender to replace Lauer – says he couldn’t be happier for Kotb, calling her a “genuine, loving, feeling, energetic person.” He said she absolutely deserves it, and the decision was good for everyone.
According to Newsweek, ratings for Today have thrived without Lauer, with the NBC show beating out Good Morning America in the weeks after his departure. And, the viewers are sticking around, with the numbers continuing to go up with Kotb as the permanent co-host.
The decision didn’t come without controversy, however. While NBC was paying Lauer $25 million a year, they signed Kotb to the job for just $7 million, a move that appeared to many as being sexist.
Matt Lauer has not spoken out publicly in months.