Matt Lauer has no desire to win back your approval.
After he was fired from NBC for decades of alleged sexual harassment, the veteran journalist said he was committed to making “soul searching” his new “full-time job.”
According to a source, “soul searching” means playing golf in the Hamptons — and Lauer will be taking this new role very seriously!
The insider told Page Six that the former Today host has no intention of trying to make a comeback following his ousting and, instead, “plans to disappear and play golf,” explaining:
“Matt has no intention in returning to public life .├óΓé¼ΓÇ░.├óΓé¼ΓÇ░. He plans to disappear and play golf. He wants to be a regular Joe. To play golf and stay in the Hamptons. He has no intention of mounting a Billy Bush-style comeback campaign. He is going to stick to his one statement and not address the allegations further.”
So long, farewell!
Another source added that Lauer is bent on staying out of the spotlight so he can “focus on his family.” While the reporter has been seen in Sag Harbor with his wedding band still on, his wife Annette Roque has been recently spotted without her wedding ring.
It was reported that Roque flew back to her hometown in Holland after the scandal broke, but a source claimed she has since returned to the Hamptons “to take care of the kids.” Though the two are still reportedly living together for now, Roque’s father said a divorce is impending.
While Lauer may be enjoying his early retirement, his wife seems to be taking it differently. A source said the Dutch model has since emerged looking miserable and gaunt, adding:
“This has taken a huge toll. She’s painfully thin. People at her kids’ school are concerned.”
Among those not concerned by the scandal are NBC executives, who are enjoying a post-controversy ratings spike thanks to Lauer’s high profile firing. Apparently things are running so smoothly over at the network, execs aren’t even looking to actively replace Matt.
As for now, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will continue to host the show, and, another insider added, “no long-term decisions have been made” regarding Matt’s replacement.
Dust off that resume Billy Bush — it’s comeback time!
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