Matt Lauer has been in the news many times both for good and bad things. But what is he up to now after his exit from NBC in 2017? Read on to know more.
What Is Matt Lauer Doing Now?
Matt Lauer is a name you might have heard a lot of times in the past few years. However, not always for good things. He became one of the biggest names in the world of journalism as the host of the hit Today news show on NBC. But his world was shattered when he was outed from the show and the NBC office leading to complaints of “inappropriate sexual behaviour”. After being the host of Today for almost twenty years, this was a shock to many.
Since then, Matt Lauer has lain low and maintained a very low profile seldom being seen in public.
In his official statement to the press, Lauer said that he would take time off his career and spend time at home with his family after the disastrous accusations against him. The times he was seen in public were when he denied these accusations on multiple occasions. Sources close to him have also said that Lauer had made some efforts to incorporate himself into his normal life having made several appearances at parties and social gatherings. But all those efforts were of no use as he is continuously shunned by the public.
Recently, Lauer is back in the spotlight when his long-time co-host Katie Couric broke her silence. Ahead of the release of her new memoir Going There, she has opened up on her experience working with Matt Lauer. Couric has said that there is no relation between them anymore.
Matt Lauer has not been very active recently. And he has remained private after the incident. Thus not much news is available on him. If you do not know who Matt Lauer is, don’t worry we have got all the details about him right after this.
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Who is Matt Lauer?
Matthew Todd Lauer better known as Matt Lauer was the face and host of the Today News for NBC. Born to Marilyn and Jay Robert Lauer, he started his television career as a producer for the afternoon news for WOWK-TV. Starting from there, Matt Lauer has hosted several very famous shows. This includes ABC’s short-lived daytime series Fame, Fortune and Romance, he has also worked for ESPN and HBO.
The peak of his career came when he joined NBC in 1992 and co-anchored the Today in New York news show. Lauer soon rose to fame for the intense interviews he conducted which even sometimes led to arguments with the guest.
Why Did Matt Lauer Leave NBC?
Well, Matt Lauer did not as such leave NBC. He was fired. On November 29, 2017, NBC publicly announced that Lauer’s employment had been terminated based on a series of sexual misconduct allegations. The allegation in question was made by an unidentified female NBC employee who said that Lauer had sexually harassed her during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She also stated that the harassment continued even after that. It can be gathered that several other complaints against Lauer had been made previously as The New York Times and Variety were also conducting their own investigation on Lauer.
The most controversial news ever came when Ronan Farrow’s book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators came out in 2019. He cited in his book, that NBC had protected Lauer after knowing about the assaults and that there were several complaints about Lauer misbehaving with female employees. Matt Lauer, however, has denied all allegations made by Farrow.
Matt Lauer’s Personal Life
With all these scandals and allegations, there is no need to say that Lauer’s career took a serious hit. However, what about his personal life? Let’s take a look. Lauer has had a very interesting personal life. His first marriage with television producer Nancy Alspaugh ended in 1989. After this, he started dating Dutch model Annette Roque. They ended up getting married on October 3, 1998. Roque and Lauer went on to have three children together Jack, Romy, and Thijs. However, their marriage ended in divorce in 2019 and Lauer had to give Roque $20 million in assets and a horse farm in Water Mill which they owned together.
But Lauer has bounced back and is currently in a relationship with Shamin Abas. Sources say that they were acquaintances long before they started dating. It seems that Lauer and Abas are very happy together and they prefer to keep their relationship private.