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August 02, 2019

Al Roker Sends Well Wishes to Matt Lauer Nearly Two Years after 'Today' Firing

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Al Roker believes his former co-host Matt Lauer is "doing well" two years after his termination from their show due to sexual misconduct allegations.

Lauer is currently living quietly with his family in the midst of his divorce with his wife. Despite Matt Lauer’s controversial exit from the “Today Show" two years ago, his former co-host, Al Roker has nothing but well wishes for him. 

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ROKER WISHES LAUER WELL

Roker spoke briefly about Lauer during the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Summer 2019 press tour where he assumed that the former “Today” host was in a good place. 

"I'm sure he's doing well," the 64-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. He added that though he hardly talks about Lauer, “we wish him well.” 

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WHEN LAUER'S CAREER TOOK A NOSEDIVE

It’s been two years since the controversial host was fired from his daytime show. Lauer was accused by several co-workers of inappropriate sexual behavior as a response to the “Me Too Movement."

Shortly after the scandal broke, his wife, Annette Roque left him after 21 years. Earlier this month, she filed for divorce. The couple shares three children.

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At the height of the controversy surrounding Lauer, Roker didn’t attempt to take any sides.  

"Well, look, I can't speak to what Matt is doing or why he chose to do it, but I think we're all evolving and changing. We all have to find our place in this world,” he said then.

Apart from Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford was also very supportive of her former co-host. Instead of passing judgment on him, Gifford revealed earlier this year that she's been keeping contact with Lauer  because she “believes in redemption.”

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SETTLED IN A QUIET LIFE

Since his abrupt departure, Lauer has been living a low profile life away from the busy industry he used to thrive in. He was reportedly “not doing well” a year after he left his daytime show.

However, last month, he was spotted on a boat trip with two of his children proving he settled into the quiet life. His former wife, Nancy Alspaugh assured Entertainment Tonight that Lauer has moved on. 

"He is doing incredibly well. We have remained close and always will. And, it makes me happy to see him moving forward and living his life,” she told the news outlet last month.

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Lauer marked his 20th year on the "Today Show" just months before he was fired.  The NBC show recently celebrated its 25th anniversary but opted to exclude Lauer from the tributes. 

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GIFFORD STILL HAS HIS BACK

Apart from Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford was also very supportive of her former co-host. Instead of passing judgment on him, Gifford revealed earlier this year that she’s been keeping contact with Lauer because she “believes in redemption.”

For her, the true test of friendship is during the toughest of times and she made sure Lauer knew he could count on her to be his friend despite his trials. 

Lauer marked his 20th year on the "Today Show" just months before he was fired. The NBC show recently celebrated its 25th anniversary but opted to exclude Lauer from the tributes. 

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