In 2017, Matt Lauer was fired from NBC amid sexual misconduct allegations, but now the former news anchor and his family are finally starting to gather the pieces of their broken lives.
Hilary Gumbel, 56, a close friend of Lauer, 61, has revealed how the star’s family handled the scandal and how they’re doing now. Speaking to “Us Weekly” at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball on Tuesday, she said:
“He’s doing OK, as much as can be expected. And life goes on. My husband [Bryant Gumbel] is a very loyal friend, which is lovely, and he’s doing as best as he can. We get together every now and then. The kids are doing much better which means a lot.”
Matt Lauer at the 18th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards on October 21, 2008, in New York City | Photo: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images
The scandal tore Lauer’s family apart leading to a divorce filing in July 2019. The former “Today” host’s wife, Annette Roque, 52, officially filed for divorce after 21 years of marriage.
It was finalized in September with the former couple agreeing to joint custody of Romy, 15, and Thijs, 12. The pair also has an 18-year-old son named Jack.
Matt Lauer and his daughter at NBC's Today on May 22, 2015 in New York | Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
At the time of the divorce, a source shared that Lauer and Roque were in a “very amicable place.” In October, another insider revealed that the former model had one regret about their relationship.
Matt Lauer and son Thijs Lauer at the Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation Special Screening on July 24, 2015 in East Hamptons | Photo: Getty Images
Roque allegedly regretted “that she didn’t divorce Matt sooner.” The insider claimed that the model had “been through hell” with the former anchor over the last five years.
Matt Lauer and son Jack at the 65th Anniversary Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game on August 17, 2013, in East Hampton, New York | Photo: Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images
Matt Lauer and wife Annette Roque Lauer at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show on September 1, 2013, in Bridgehampton, New York | Photo: Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images
On November 29, 2017, news anchor’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced Lauer’s departure from the “Today” show. Lauer was accused of sexual assault by NBC News employee Brooke Nevils.
The former news anchor has incessantly denied the accusations about his behavior during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In a lengthy statement, Lauer stated at the time: “It is categorically false, ignores the facts and defies common sense.”