It’s been months since Matt Lauer went from a Today anchor to a villain of the #MeToo movement after multiple women accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior. NBC News swiftly fired the 60-year-old and gave his seat to Hoda Kotb, ushering in the first all-female anchoring team in Today history. So what exactly is Matt Lauer doing now? Scroll down to read more about Matt's life today!
What is Matt Lauer doing now?
After months of reportedly being in a "dark place" following his firing, new photos of Matt were released on Aug. 4 — and the journalist looks beyond happy and relaxed in the pics. The dad-of-three was photographed participating in a three-mile paddleboarding race at Hamptons' Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. A source told Page Six, "He remained pretty incognito, but his car had a for-sale sign."
Earlier this year, another insider told Page Six that Matt "goes between sadness and acceptance of his fate, to disbelief how it all happened so quickly and how the situation was so out of his control." Another source said, "Matt is still feeling a lot of shame But he is angry because he certainly wasn’t the only person on TV doing this, but he has taken the fall." According to the insiders, Matt recently told a friend, "The world is a dark place."
In the months following his firing, Matt reportedly kept a low profile and stayed mostly out of the spotlight. "Matt has no intention [of] returning to public life. He plans to disappear and play golf. He wants to be a regular Joe. To play golf and stay in the Hamptons. He has no intention of mounting a Billy Bush-style comeback campaign. He is going to stick to his one statement and not address the allegations further," a source told Page Six in December 2017.
Sources that spotted Matt in the Hamptons after his Today exit told In Touch that the TV star looked like he'd "aged 10 years" in just a few months. "He just looks very, very sad. He used to be so friendly and chatty, just like he was on TV. Now he keeps his head down. You can tell he's not really in the best place," an employee at a local store revealed. One of Matt's neighbors additionally said that he was no way ready for his closeup, so to speak. "He doesn't look like he did when he was on TV. He's skinny... It looks like he's aged 10 years."
Now that he's out of work, Matt has also allegedly been watching Today at home and has been giving unsolicited critiques on episodes to his former producers. "[He once] sent a producer an email saying that he felt they had used the wrong music to kick off a segment," an NBC insider revealed several months ago, adding that Matt's notes had "not been warmly received by Today staff."
Is Matt Lauer still married?
Matt’s two-decade marriage to Dutch model Annette Roque is over. Closer Weekly recently reported that Annette left NYC after her husband's firing and traveled to her native Holland to spend time with family and friends amid Matt's scandal. "She’s taken off her wedding ring and has been living the high life in Europe. She’s acting like a woman who has already moved on from a hellish marriage. Seeing her family and friends convinced her she was better off without him. After all she’s been through, the nights of crying herself to sleep and trying to divorce him years ago, it was still one of the hardest things she’s ever done," a source shared.
During her time away, Annette realized she was ready to divorce Matt and reportedly ended their marriage with a "quick phone call." The insider explained, "She called him and told him that she was divorcing him. Annette didn’t give Matt the chance to beg and plead like he has for years. She told him her lawyer would contact him, and then she hung up. Simple as that. She was shaking and couldn’t believe that she did it. [She] can’t believe how relieved she is. After she pulled the plug, she thought she would be overcome with regret and fear [but] it’s like a huge weight was finally lifted off her shoulders."
"[While Matt is] miserable and feels like his entire family is slipping away from him, Annette’s reconnecting with old friends in her native Holland and in New York. They’ve been taking her out on the town. She’s got the kids, the money, the big estate. She’s having the last laugh," the source said.
Who was Matt Lauer's accuser?
Page Six previously reported that Matt "sexually assaulted a female NBC staffer during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014" and that alleged victim's confession led to the TV star's firing. "This happened so quickly. She didn’t go to the media, she made a complaint to NBC’s human resources, and her evidence was so compelling that Matt was fired... The victim says she has evidence that this has also happened to other women, but so far we don’t have evidence of that," a source revealed at the time.
Join our Facebook group for the latest news and updates on the Today show!