Matt Lauer was once a celebrated TV personality until the 63-year-old’s past caught up with him.
The former news anchor was known for his work on the “Today” show until NBC broke the shocking news of the TV personality’s dismissal from the network.
As reported by PEOPLE, the father-of-three was fired in November 2017 after NBC received a detailed complaint about Lauer’s improper sexual conduct in the workplace.
The Bitter Story About Matt Lauer’s Fall From Grace
One month after Harvey Weinstein’s sexual scandal started the #MeToo movement, the former NBC host lost his job. At the time, a source told the news outlet that Lauer was allegedly fired because of sexual abuse.
The insider stated that the TV personality had been accused of misbehaving improperly throughout 2014, including at the Sochi Winter Olympics, where he reportedly raped an NBC employee.
The full details of the story weren’t made public until 2019, when an excerpt from Ronan Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” made rounds across the media.
According to the journalist’s book, Brooke Nevils, a former NBC employee, was the person that Lauer allegedly assaulted in his hotel room at the Sochi Olympics.
It was said that Nevils explained she was “too drunk to consent” and repeatedly refused to have intercourse at the time of the incident.
This moment also gave rise to more sexual encounters between the pair in New York. However, the accused sexual predator claimed their relationship was “extramarital but consensual.”
The 63-year-old didn’t deny his affair with Nevils but clarified that he has never forced or assaulted anyone for sex.
Where Is The Former “Today” Co-Host?
It has been four years since the sexual assault scandal ended Lauer’s career and a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the 63-year-old also lost his friends.
The insider stated that the former NBC host didn’t get paid after being fired from the network, and this abrupt unemployment status impacted the TV personality’s “lavish lifestyle.”
Since his exit from the spotlight, the TV personality has kept a low profile over the years as Lauer believed he got “railroaded” by the industry. The source said:
“People would check up on him for a while, but that’s stopped to a degree. He just stays to himself, he doesn’t really reach out to people very much anymore or engage them and so he’s been losing touch with a lot of people.”
The list of people no longer on the father-of-three’s side included his former NBC co-workers. The Blast previously shared Katie Couric’s harsh comments about Lauer.
During an interview with Savannah Guthrie to promote her new book, “Going There,” the TV presenter stated she was “appalled” by her former co-star’s actions.
The 64-year-old clarified that her distaste for the TV personality wasn’t biased as she investigated the truth behind Lauer’s sexual misconduct allegations.
However, the mother-of-two was disappointed to discover that her former co-worker was a “callous, reckless, and abusive” man whose actions were a product of the industry’s toxic environment.