What Is Matt Lauer Doing Now?
Where is Matt Lauer now?
On November 29, 2017, NBC fired 59-year-old Today Show host Matt Lauer in relation to accusations of sexual misconduct from an unnamed employee, as reported by the New York Times. By the next day, as many as eight women had come forward with similar complaints, as reported by USA Today.
It doesn't appear as if any other media outlets have swooped in to pick up Lauer's now-available services. According to Hollywood Life, the sexual allegations have taken a heavy toll on the relationship between Matt and his wife, model Annette Roque. Divorce rumors are reported engulfing the couple.
Roque is said to have been seen several times in public without her wedding ring. Yet, on December 23, the couple was seen together at Bright Side Farm on Long Island.
The model's father, Henri, has stated, "She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out."
Also on December 23, Lauer was said to be seen with his two sons, 16-year-old Jack and 11-year-old Thijs, who go by their father's last name, laying low "spending quality father-son time."
One of Matt Lauer's accusers, Addie Collins Zinone, reports that she had an affair with the host when she was just 24, and only two years into Lauer and Roque's marriage.
According to Celebrity Insider, Lauer and Roque had parted ways by Christmas day and did not spend the holidays together. Roque has reportedly been seen visiting the offices of a Manhattan legal firm, Latham & Watkins, heating up speculation that a divorce may be imminent.
Lauer on accusations: 'There is enough truth in these stories'
In a statement published with Variety, Matt Lauer expressed his embarrassment and wrote that he felt "sorrow and regret." He also wrote that there is "enough truth in these stories" to cause his regret. Since the statement was published, the former host has kept a low profile.
Variety described Lauer's personality as being possibly inextricably linked with Today, and the show's "scorched-earth battle" with ABC's Good Morning America. The New York Times has described how, weeks after his departure, Matt Lauer's firing appears to have been a real draw for show, with ratings climbing steadily, and, most importantly, beating GMA every week.
Addie Collins Zinone, the then-production assistant, reported how her inappropriate, though consensual, relationship with Lauer resulted in "fear" and self-doubt creeping into her life, while, for the newsman, it was "a conquest." She told of how the NBC host would contact her using an instant messaging system, making comments about how she was "killing" him, because she looked "great today."
The assistant spoke of how their relationship progressed, having lunch at a restaurant with Matt Lauer, and him asking that they leave separately. Later that day, Collins Zinone stated, their first physical encounter took place. She said that she felt betrayed and used by Lauer and that the grief was "all consuming."
"Don't you think it's time that the executives at these networks have some clue?" Joy Behar, with The View, asked shortly after the news of Lauer's firing broke. "I mean, you can say it's Matt Lauer. You can say it's Charlie Rose. We all know what goes on in the places that we work."
It addition to Today, Lauer has worked with Dateline NBC and Rock Center With Brian Williams. He began his television career in 1986, as the host of Fame, Fortune and Romance, duties that he shared with Robin Leach.
"I think it was a shock to everybody. I don’t know how you couldn’t be surprised," Willie Geist, Lauer's colleague at NBC, was quoted by USA Today. "I started filing in for Matt in 2010. I wasn’t close to him outside of work, but I considered him a friend and mentor. Certainly, he was somebody I looked up to. He was the guy who was considered the best at that job, at hosting a morning show. So, yeah, I think we were all surprised and I think we’re all still a little bit shocked by it."
© 2017 Stephen Sinclair