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This morning on the Today Show, Savannath Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced that, after over a two-decade-long career, NBC network has fired Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior. A statement was written by executive Andy Lack, who noted that the complaint made against Lauer leads the network to believe this is not an isolated incident. Lauer had been with NBC, starting in 1994. Since 1998, Lauer has been married to his wife Annette Roque and clearly, this scandal will have a great effect on the couple’s family. Get to know more about former model Roque and her rocky relationship with husband Lauer over the years.
1. Rogue Actually Filed for Divorce from Lauer in 2006
When Rogue was pregnant in 2006, she actually filed for divorce from husband Lauer, but the couple ended up reconciling. At the time, Rogue cited that she underwent “cruel and inhumane treatment” from Lauer.
2. Lauer Was Accused of Cheating on His Wife With Natalie Morales
In 2016, Matt Lauer addressed allegations that he and former Today co-host Natalie Morales had an affair. Both Lauer and Morales denied the claims and on The Mike Lupica Podcast, Lauer stated, “When you feel your family is being threatened and hurt, you speak up. And then you put your head down and go back about your business.” At the time, People reported that there were rumors Morales was moving to Access Hollywood because of an inappropriate relationship with Lauer.
When asked about the alleged affair by Page Six, Lauer maintained that, “Every aspect of this story is untrue, and it’s frankly sad that someone would tell lies to harm everyone involved.” Morales added, “There is absolutely no truth to this completely absurd story. It is damaging, hurtful and extremely sexist. I have proven myself in all aspects of my job as a news professional and journalist, and am adding to my role, taking on three jobs with Access Hollywood Live and Access Hollywood, in addition to Today. This move was dictated by me and my desire to grow in my career. Any insinuations beyond that are uninformed.”
3. Rogue and Lauer Have Three Children Together
Matt Lauer and Rogue have three children together – sons Thijs and Jack, along with daughter Romy. Lauer has said that his children aren’t keen on the fame aspect of their father’s life, though he becomes a “cool dad” when he interviews celebrities like Ariana Grande.
4. TV Producer Nancy Alspaugh Was Lauer’s First Wife
Rogue is Lauer’s second wife, as he was previously married to TV producer Nancy Alspaugh from 1981 to 1988. The couple had no children together. Alspaugh is actually an Emmy Award winner and some of her works include Leeza and The Bradshaw Difference. Alspaugh also makes a living as an author.
5. Matt Lauer and His Wife Met on a Blind Date
In the summer of 1997, stylist Maria Santoro set up Lauer and Rogue on a blind date, which ended up as a success. The two became engaged just five months later and were married in Water Mill, New York.
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