Where is Matt Lauer? Katie Couric calls his behavior ‘devastating' and 'disgusting’

Couric appeared on ‘TODAY’ to promote her upcoming memoir, ‘Going There’. Host Savannah Guthrie asked about Couric’s co-anchor of nine years, Lauer


                            Where is Matt Lauer? Katie Couric calls his behavior ‘devastating' and 'disgusting’
Matt Lauer and Katie Couric attend The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014, in New York City (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Katie Couric said on Tuesday, October 19, that she has "no relationship" with Matt Lauer, her longtime ‘TODAY’ co-host who was fired in 2017 amid sexual harassment accusations. He was accused by several women and NBC News was accused of knowing and his actions and failing to do anything about it. 

Couric appeared on ‘TODAY’ to promote her upcoming memoir, ‘Going There’. Host Savannah Guthrie asked about Couric’s co-anchor of nine years, Lauer. “It took me a long time to process what was going on because the side of Matt I knew was the side of Matt I think you all knew,” Couric said. "As I got more info and learned what was going on behind the scenes, it was really upsetting. I realized there was a side of Matt never really knew."

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“He was kind and generous and considerate, a good colleague. As I got more information and learned what was going on behind the scenes, it was really upsetting and disturbing.” She added, “It was really devastating but also disgusting.”

Where is Matt Lauer now?

As per a Town&Country Magazine report, after his ouster from NBC in November 2017, Lauer spent his days holed up in his now-for sale Hamptons house, where he "focused on family."

As per a May report in OK Magazine, Lauer, who got divorced from  Annette Roque in 2019, was dating again. The report said he was in a relationship with a longtime friend and public relations expert, Shamin Abas. The report also quoted a source at the time who said he "has been talking to friends about marrying her in a big Hamptons wedding.” The source added that after his sexual assault scandal, “it's hard to imagine there'd be much of a turnout." 

Another source told Page Six in December 2019, “Matt and Shamin have known each other for many years, as she spends a lot of time in the Hamptons, as does he. They very recently began dating, she is a lovely woman.”

Journalists Katie Couric (L) and Matt Lauer attend the Tenth Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Stree on December 2, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for UNICEF)

 

As per OK Magazine, Lauer "has done everything he can to regain his place in the community," a source said, adding that he has remained persona non grata despite his best efforts. "He'll turn up at fancy events and be super friendly with everyone," said the source, "but most people just turn their noses up at him." 

In May last year, Lauer hit out at Ronan Farrow, whose book ‘Catch and Kill’ featured additional accusations on Lauer. In an opinion piece, Lauer wrote, “On October 9, 2019, I was falsely accused of rape. The allegation came from Brooke Nevils, the same woman whose complaint resulted in my termination at NBC. It was made public as part of the promotional rollout for a new book by Ronan Farrow. This accusation was one of the worst and most consequential things to ever happen in my life, it was devastating for my family, and outrageously it was used to sell books.”

He wrote further, “I was also disappointed, but not surprised, that Ronan Farrow’s overall reporting faced so little scrutiny. Until this week’s critical reporting by The New York Times, many in the media perceived his work as inherently beyond basic questioning. However, he was hardly an unbiased journalist when it came to anything to do with NBC, and he was rarely challenged as he dropped salacious stories in a daily marketing effort designed to create media attention for his book.”

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