The only news on Matt Lauer recently has been about real estate. There have been stories about the home he was forced out of in the Hamptons after reports of his sexual misconduct surfaced. And there were stories about the Manhattan home, where he learned that he’d been fired from “Today,” that is now on the market.
Since that firing, Lauer has been lying low at another house in the Hamptons. But that may be changing.
This week Lauer has been seen in Manhattan and some are assuming that this is a sign of his comeback.
There was an intriguing reference to Lauer in a Page Six report about the welcome Michael Cohen received an Upper East Side restaurant: “Lauer is said to be testing the waters for a public comeback by coming out of hiding from his Hamptons home. With his marriage to Annette Roque now over, he’s ready to restart his life, pals say.”
Lauer was at the same restaurant as Cohen and was having lunch with Mitch Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods.
If a comeback is in the works for Lauer, he will have a tough row to hoe. There have been dozens of high-profile men who lost their jobs amid the many sexual misconduct allegations that began last October and not one of them have successfully bounced back into the spotlight.
In an April 2 New York Times article, Mario Batali seemed to be testing the waters. The profile said he was “eyeing his second act.” The backlash against Batali was swift.
Lauer denied the allegations of sexual misconduct to NBC executives in the days leading up to his firing. He gave this statement to Variety: “Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed,” he said. “I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.”
Will the public give Matt Lauer a 2nd chance? Should they?
Credit: Vanity Fair