The morning show host was caught up in sexual harassment allegations that resulted in him losing his job.
In November 2017, Matt Lauer was implicated by a number of junior staff members for sexual harassment. It didn't take long for executives at Today to act, and he was fired from his job, effective immediately.
Since then, Lauer has been hiding out at one of his homes in the Hamptons, far away from the scrutiny of the public eye, reported Inquisitr.
Now, Vanity Fair has made claims that Lauer is planning a comeback in his career, following the dissolution of his marriage to former Victoria's Secret model Annette Roque.
According to the publication, he was seen dining with Mitch Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods in a fancy Manhattan restaurant, apparently the same one frequented by Donald Trump's disgraced lawyer, Michael Cohen.
As a result of this very public outing, Vanity Fair believes that he intends to return to the public eye, with plans to revive his career.
And they aren't the only ones who think so. Page Six also reported that the former Today host is planning to start over since he and his wife split.
It is not the first time that Page Six has made claims about Lauer's supposed return to work, sourcing various unnamed "insiders."
By contrast, Lauer's former co-host, Savannah Guthrie, and his replacement, Hoda Kotb, have recently stated that they have no idea what Lauer is planning to do now that he has been so publicly disgraced.
Both Guthrie and Kotb have remained in contact with their former colleague, but have confessed that he has told them nothing of his plans.
Guthrie was of the understanding that he was taking the time away to focus on his family life, an opinion with which Kotb wholeheartedly agreed.
This either means that Lauer chose not to share that information with the women, or he simply has not plans to return to work in the near future.
Vanity Fair also reported that Lauer has moved out of the family home, which, if true, would mean that he may not be able to focus on his family life anymore.
At this point, there has been no confirmation from Lauer what he plans to do now that things may have settled down slightly.