“Matt has a very small group of supporters that work at NBC that extend to the executive offices at NBCUniversal,” a supply tells Us Weekly completely. “A lot of those people feel Matt was unfairly targeted and would love to see him back on television in some capacity.”
According to the supply, Lauer, 60, “had hoped that he could get a deal with an NBC subsidiary, but that is extremely unlikely because of fears of negative publicity.”
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack fired the longtime Today present cohost in late November after a feminine worker accused Lauer of sexual harassment within the office. In a press release to Us on the time, Lauer admitted that there was “enough truth in these tales to make me really feel embarrassed and ashamed,” although claimed among the accusations had been “untrue or mischaracterized.” He apologized for “the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” and thanked his supporters for “their patience and grace.”
Since then, the veteran journalist has largely prevented the highlight. “Matt still sees some of his former NBC colleagues for meals, but prefers to keep the outings discreet as to avoid a media frenzy of photographers,” a second supply tells Us. One colleague specifically “doesn’t think it’s impossible for [Lauer] to make a professional comeback,” the supply says, however feels that “he needed to be more aggressive with his denial.”
Lauer — who’s close to finalizing his divorce from estranged spouse Annette Roque after 19 years of marriage — lately spoke out in his first interview since his misconduct scandal. He complained on Checkpoint With John Campbell on Tuesday, July 24, that authorities teams in New Zealand (the place he leased a $13 million ranch) see him “as an easy mark” and are “taking advantage of some difficult times I’ve been through over the past six months.”
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