Former American television news personality and famed host Matt Lauer surely had a great run during his career but he ultimately met his end when allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior were filed against him in 2017. Let’s take a short look at Lauer’s early life and career:
Lauer began his television career in 1979 when he dropped out of college to become a producer for WOWK-TV in West Virginia.
In 1980, he had his first on-air broadcast as the station’s reporter for the nightly news reports.
He hosted a number of talk shows from 1980 to 1986.
Lauer joined NBC in 1992 when he became the anchor of Today in New York.
In 1997, at the age of 39, Lauer finished his undergraduate degree at Ohio University.
For two decades from 1997 to 2017, he hosted NBC’s Today show.
Allegations and departure from NBC
In 2017, Lauer’s network, NBC, received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior.” The network also said that they had reason to believe that it was not an isolated incident. At the height of the issue, several more allegations were brought against the television host.
Matters quickly developed as the network believes that the allegation is credible. Lauer was then fired just hours before his then-hosted show went live at 7 o’clock in the morning. His colleagues and co-hosts, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, announced the shocking news to the public by reading a staff memo from Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News. That announcement was made on November 29, 2017.
Matt Lauer’s life after his termination from NBC
After being fired from Today, Lauer was said to be “focusing on his family” by staying— or sulking— in his Hamptons home. However, he and his then-wife, Annette Roque, finalized their uncontested divorce in 2019. Lauer was made to pay 20$ million to Roque in addition to her retaining the ownership of their horse farm. After their divorce, reports still say that the two are on good terms. The two have three children together.
Just a few months after splitting with Roque, Lauer started dating Shamin Abas, a public relations executive. Sources say that the two have already known each other for years but only began dating after Lauer’s divorce.
New allegations surfaced in 2019
You might think that Lauer’s life has already hit its dead end in 2017, but apparently, more allegations surfaced in 2019 when journalist Ronan Farrow exposed Lauer’s actions in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The accuser was finally named as NBC’s Brooke Nevils, Lauer’s coworker. Lauer defended himself by admitting that the act was extramarital but he claimed that it was consensual— well, at least to his knowledge.
Lauer denied other allegations against him and accused Farrow of sensationalizing the stories against him, making it misleading.
It isn’t clear if Lauer is still going to have his second chance for his career. But one thing that NBC has made sure of is that he will not be returning to the network any time soon.