Earlier today, fired and disgraced former Today show anchor Matt Lauer apologized for the pain he caused others “by words and actions,” adding he still feels “blessed” by the love of those close to him. That certainly sounded as if he were sorry and would maybe stop making ridiculous demands of people for a while. “It’s been humbling,” Lauer said.
Lauer may have been knocked down a peg, but I doubt very much that he’s “humble” given that his lawyers are reportedly seeking a $30 million golden parachute on his behalf following his being let go from NBC over several sexual misconduct allegations.
A source close to Lauer told the New York Post on Thursday that the TV personality’s lawyers “are currently looking at his contract and determining whether the claims against him, which clearly would affect any moral clause in his contract and his ensuing termination would cut off his contractual rights to be paid through the end of his contract.” Neither Lauer’s rep, nor his personal attorney responded to the Post’s request for comment.
In 2016, Lauer reportedly renegotiated his pay to $20 million a year. That contract wasn’t set to expire until the end of 2018.
A second source, described by the Post as a “TV insider,” said, “There is no way Matt is getting paid. There has been an irrevocable breach of Matt’s contract, there is a moral clause that says if he brings the company into disrepute—which he clearly has—NBC can terminate his employment immediately without pay and they do not have to pay out his contract.”
Allegations against Lauer include that he gave a female coworker a sex toy (he also maybe had a “huge bag” of sex toys in his office at one time?), and exposed his penis to another female coworker after summoning her to his office. Then there’s the button.
Anyway, now Lauer’s in East Hampton looking like he’s come from a J. Crew catalogue shoot to erase your memory.