Matt Lauer, a former Today co-host, has finally moved out of the home he once shared with his estranged wife and their children.
Lauer, who used to be part of NBC’s morning show, got involved in a sexual misconduct scandal last November.
Matt Makes Moves
Lauer left the family home in the Hamptons amid the fallout of the scandal. Word is it wasn’t easy to send him packing after his estranged wife, Annette Roque, asked him to leave months ago.
“Getting him to move out was quite daunting because Matt was refusing to leave,” revealed one source on Wednesday. “It was all about Matt, who expressed concern about how it would look to the media in the wake of being fired by NBC.”
They added that Roque was taken aback by Lauer’s refusal to move out because she thought he’d realize the wellbeing of their three children was more important than his public image, which had taken a serious hit. Lauer only moved out because Roque warned she would get lawyers involved if he didn’t, reports reveal.
“Matt will always be more concerned about public perception and obviously doesn’t want to make headlines for being forced out of the house,” the insider continued.
Roque guaranteed she wouldn’t stop Lauer from seeing his children despite their limited contact with one another, the insider revealed, adding that the future exes rarely speak to each other.
Matt's Shocking Scandal
NBC fired Lauer from his long-running spot on the network's morning show after reports of sexual misconduct and harassment behind-the-scenes surfaced. Lauer admitted to the accusations shortly after they went public and said there was “enough truth” in the allegations against him.
“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” said Lauer in the statement. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.”
While the Today ratings climbed after Lauer's firing, Roque filed for divorce shortly after the claims became public. She and Lauer have been together for 19 years. They have three children: Jack, 16, Romy, 14, and Thijs, 11. While Roque has made moves in private and opted out of making a public statement, Lauer’s first wife, Nancy Alspaugh, spoke out in a statement of her own. She reminded the public Lauer’s actions affected his entire family and pointed out that a scandal of that caliber has the potential to tear apart a family.
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