How Matt Lauer’s life changed 4 years after he was fired from the Today Show
It has been four years since Matt Lauer was ousted from the Today spectacle.
On November 29, 2017, NBC revealed that the former presenter was fired following a complaint for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace”. Since then, Lauer, 63, has “lost a lot of friends,” a source told PEOPLE.
“People were watching him for a while, but it stopped to some extent,” the source said. “He’s just sticking to himself, he doesn’t really reach out to people or engage them anymore, so he’s lost touch with a lot of people.”
Lauer’s “lavish lifestyle” had to change as well, according to the source. “When he left the Today show, he wasn’t paid a dime after being fired. NBC stayed with that. He’s presumably sitting on mountains of money, but then again, he had a lot of money in real estate. “
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Lauer was fired a month after allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein started the #MeToo movement. For the next four years, Lauer kept a low profile.
“He only wants to talk to people who are going to take his side,” the source said of Lauer. “He still feels like he’s been tricked.”
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At the time of his dismissal, a source told PEOPLE that Lauer was dismissed due to sexual misconduct throughout 2014, including the Sochi Winter Olympics that year. Another source at the time said Lauer viewed his relationship with the woman who filed the complaint as “consensual” and was “stunned” by the accusation.
Details of the complaint were not made public until October 8, 2019, when Variety published an excerpt from Ronan Farrowthe book of, Catch and Kill: lies, spies and conspiracy to protect predators, in which a former NBC News employee Brooke Nevil alleged that Lauer anal raped her in her hotel room at the Sochi Olympics. Nevils told Farrow she was “too drunk to consent” and also repeatedly stated that she didn’t want to have anal sex.
In the book, Nevils also said that she had more sex with Lauer in New York City, telling Farrow, “It was completely transactional. It wasn’t a relationship.”
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At the time, Lauer writes a long letter in response, claiming that the meeting was “extramarital, but consensual”. He said the meeting in Sochi was the start of his affair with Nevils and “the first of many sexual encounters between us over the next few months.”
In his response, Lauer, who pointed out what he claims to be “contradictions” in Nevils’ story, said he had “never assaulted anyone or forced anyone to have sex. Period.” .
The allegations prompted several of Lauer’s former colleagues to speak out. At the time, Savannah Guthrie, who spoke alongside the co-host Hoda Kotb on air, said “we are disturbed deep inside us” by the claims of Nevils.
Old Today Co-host Katie Couric recently spoke about the Lauer scandal. In the PEOPLE cover story last month, she said she was shocked “ when she learned of the allegations and called out Lauer’s behavior “Grossly inappropriate” and “ruthless”.
“And that’s not the Matt I knew,” Couric said. “There is a duality in human beings, and sometimes they don’t let you see both sides.”
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