Matt Lauer: New Details Emerge About The Fallen Anchorman's Failing Marriage And Unexpected Career Setback
More bad news continues to follow former NBC anchorman Matt Lauer. It is now being reported that the journalist could be facing an impending divorce and someone replacing him on The Today Show.
Lauer's shocking termination from the show happened just one week ago. While his former co-hosts and colleagues were devastated by his firing, the network could be filling in his spot sooner than we think. It has been reported that Craig Melvin is being eyed as a replacement for Lauer. Melvin is currently on MSNBC Live and also co-hosts Today on Saturdays.
"This would give the network the opportunity to make Melvin into a star at NBC. This would be clean slate," a source told Entertainment Online.
The ratings for The Today Show have spike through the roof since Lauer's departure, with audiences responding well to anchors Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford. Another alleged potential for the show could be Willie Geist, who serves as a fill-in anchor for the show.
Lauer's Martial Woes
It has also been revealed that Lauer and his wife, Annette Roque, have been living in a separate homes before the allegations against Lauer came out. Roque was spotted dropping off her three children with Lauer at school and reportedly was not wearing her wedding ring.
Roque, who is Lauer's second wife, has not given any statements regarding the accusations against her husband. However, her father is reportedly stating that she will be divorcing Lauer soon.
"I have no words for her husband. What he has done is bad. Everybody feels betrayed. She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together trying to work it out," her father, Henri, stated. This contradicts Lauer's reports that he and Roque were currently taking it "day by day." Roque did file for divorce from Lauer back in 2006, but it was later called off after the couple seemed to work out their differences.
Lauer was accused by a female staff worker of sexual misconduct, which led to NBC firing the journalist on Nov. 29. The alleged incident was stated to have taken place during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Since then, more accusations of sexual harassment against the journalist have come out. Lauer issued an apology, stating he was ashamed and embarrassed but some of the stories weren't true.
"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job."