Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal person after person has come me out alleging sexual misconduct or harassment with various Hollywood and entertainment people. Matt Lauer was one of those people who was grossly accused of sexual harassment. As a result, he was fired. But the worst was yet to come.
Now Lauer has been kicked out of his own home by his wife after more women came out saying that Lauer had sexually harassed them in the workplace. Annette Roque, his Dutch former model wife, whose also the mother of his three children, decided she had had enough. An anonymous source noted that only two of the children are still in the home because one is away at college.
Page Six reported,
“The former “Today” anchor is staying at another house nearby out east so he can continue to spend time with his kids. He owns a $36 million compound in North Haven, a house in Sag Harbor and a 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill. And while Lauer’s reclusive wife has not yet filed for divorce, we’re told it is likely to happen soon. Reps for Lauer would not comment on whether the couple has formally separated following his sex scandal.
They have been living separate lives for a decade, with Roque remaining at the couple’s properties on Long Island while Lauer lived in their Park Avenue apartment during the week. But a source close to Lauer, who turned 60 at the end of December, said that since he was fired, he has been fighting to save his marriage, although Roque “is being very cold.”
Lauer was abruptly fired from “Today” in late November over claims of inappropriate sexual conduct at work. It was alleged that he sexually harassed an unnamed former intern while they both covered the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, sources told Page Six. Then a number of other women came forward with claims. Roque had previously filed for divorce from Lauer in 2006, citing “mental abuse, extreme mental and emotional distress, humiliation, torment and anxiety,” but withdrew the filing weeks later after he offered her a postnuptial agreement and millions more dollars, a source told Page Six. Lauer was being paid $20 million a year by NBC under a contract he signed in 2016. He released a statement soon after his firing, saying he was “truly sorry.””
News of his wife’s latest actions aren’t the only thing people have been reading about Lauer recently. The details of his final days at the network he spent the majority of his career at are finally emerging indicating he knew a storm was brewing and the likelihood of his firing was clear to him sooner than people thought.
Fox News reported,
“It was Nov. 23, 2017, the Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade. Dressed in monochromatic black, a “gray and tired-looking” Matt Lauer was overheard telling a co-worker, “This is going to be my last parade.” The noose was tightening around the neck of the “Today” show host. Just six days later, America’s “favorite dad” was unceremoniously ditched by NBC following a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.”
But while 60-year-old Lauer was resigned to his fate the day of the parade, insiders tell The Post that he fought to the bitter end. He lied about previous liaisons, repeatedly telling top bosses he had nothing to confess or feel ashamed about. Then Lauer admitted only that he’d had three “consensual” affairs during his 25 years at “Today.” Even now, he struggles to accept that his fall was so swift. “He 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,” says a source close to him.
It was in mid-November, around six weeks after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, that years of speculation about Lauer’s “indiscretions” were being seriously examined.
According to the NBC source who eavesdropped on Lauer’s ominous Thanksgiving parade prediction, “He was already being investigated by Variety magazine, but at that point, nobody knew what they had got on him. “The Times was calling around, saying they were doing a piece on the culture of the ‘Today’ show, and The Enquirer was asking about settlements paid to female staff members who had affairs with Matt.”
During that period, NBC President Noah Oppenheimer and Chairman Andy Lack, Lauer’s close friend, and others approached him “several times,” asking, “Is there anything we should know or be worried about?” Lauer responded each time, “I am racking my brains, but I can’t think of anything.” Gossip had dogged Lauer at 30 Rock that he was cheating on his wife of 19 years, former model Annette Roque.
In particular, the rumors focused on a suspected dalliance with “Today” contributor Giada De Laurentiis, with whom the anchor was spotted on a beach in Barbados in 2011. (Both Lauer and De Laurentiis denied an affair.) But, according to the NBC source, “Genuinely, nobody at NBC News had any idea at this stage that he was preying on younger staffers at ‘Today.’ “Nobody knew what Matt was doing with the interns and junior producers. It was appalling.””
Lauer joins the ranks of many of his counterparts who have been taken down in his sexual harassment scandal. Their reputations have been destroyed and they will never again be able to work in the business. It is an issue that permeates and extends all the way to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Nobody is exempt or immune and everyone is up for consideration.
They days where people remain quiet about these gross abuses of sexual harassment and assault are long over. That atmosphere is gone. People will speak about it now and supervisors and executives will no longer tolerate it. Because they will be forced to act upon it.