Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Matt Lauer is 'broken and ashamed' following 'Today' firing

Matt Lauer is 'broken and ashamed' following 'Today' firing

"He plans to disappear and play golf", a source told the New York Post.

The source continued, "He wants to be a regular Joe". He has no intention of mounting a Billy Bush-style comeback campaign.

Another source added that Lauer is bent on staying out of the spotlight so he can "focus on his family".

Lauer, who was sacked from NBC News after allegations of sexual harassment on November 29, is married to Annette Roque.

It's been just over a week since former Today Show host, Matt Lauer, was sacked from NBC for sexual misconduct, and by the looks of it he's lost more than just his job and reputation.

That being said, because irony (and karma) never fails to deliver, Today's ratings have actually gone up since the network unceremoniously dumped Lauer, attracting more viewers than Good Morning America, its rival at ABC, all five days last week-the first time in nearly a year, according to the Associated Press.

It was the first time in three months that "Today" was the most-watched morning news program in the United States, beating "GMA" by 539,000 viewers over the five days. Apparently things are running so smoothly over at the network, execs aren't even looking to actively replace Matt. Nonetheless, this is still a huge decision that probably will not be made until next year, the source said.

After Lauer was ousted from his "Today" hosting gig in the wake of sexual harassment claims, word has it that "MSNBC Live" host Craig Melvin is among those being considered as his replacement.

Lauer apologized in a statement Thursday, but said that some of the accusations are "untrue".

Of the scandal, Roque's father, Henri, told the Daily Mail, "I have no words for her husband".

Berman said that Lauer was uncomfortable going into a sex shop himself so she gave him items from her own line of adult toys. "To the people I have hurt I am truly sorry", he said in a statement read by the "Today" show hosts. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

"As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC".

Disgraced anchor Matt Lauer may never bounce back from his firing, according to a new report in People.

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