Sources Say NBC Won't Pay Settlement to Matt Lauer

Network is refusing to budge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2017 10:18 AM CST
Co-anchors Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie sit on the set during a news segment of "Today" show Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in New York.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – Matt Lauer has been fired for what NBC says was "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace"—but unlike other news anchors fired for sexual misconduct, the former Today host won't have a fat paycheck coming his way. Sources tell Variety that NBC staffers were told at a Friday meeting that Lauer—believed to have been making between $20 million and $25 million a year—won't be paid for the rest of his contract, which ran through 2018 and possibly longer. One source says NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, when asked about a possible settlement, told staffers that Lauer was fired "for cause" and would not be paid beyond his last day at the network. In other developments:

  • Wife leaves home. Sources tell Page Six that Lauer's wife of 19 years, Annette Roque, has moved out of their Long Island home and returned to her homeland, the Netherlands. It's not clear whether the couple's three children, ages 16, 14, and 11, have gone with her.

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