Matt Lauer has been spotted for the first time since his firing, with DailyMail.com photographing the disgraced newsman at his Hamptons home.
The former NBC host was seen in a jeep as he drove out from behind the gates of his $33million estate on Thursday while still wearing his wedding ring.
He headed into town where he met with his lawyer friend, Eddie Burke Jr.
The ousted Today Show host emerged from his palatial home as his legal team began working towards getting him a $30million golden parachute from NBC, Page Six reported.
His lawyers are also believed to be devising a plan to get him the $20million he would have earned through his contract, which would have lasted until the end of 2018, but a morality clause may stop him getting anything.
NBC told DailyMail.com they would not be commenting on reports about a potential payout.
Lauer was seen handing Burke, who specializes in real estate, negligence and criminal law, an envelope moments after stepping out of his car. He then got back into the vehicle and headed home.
Burke previously defended basketball star Jason Kidd when he was charged with drunk driving shortly after the then-Brooklyn Nets coach was hit with a misdemeanor drunken driving charge after a 2012 crash.
Lauer’s mid-morning outing came shortly after Today read the ex-anchor’s full apology on the air at the start of the program on Thursday.
‘There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,’ said Lauer.
‘The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my troubling flaws. It has been humbling.
‘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.
‘I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.’
Over on ABC, Today rivals Good Morning America disputed the network’s claims that no ‘current executives’ knew of Lauer’s sexual misconduct, saying that claims was ‘at odds’ with their own reporting on the scandal.
The only morning show not to be rocked by a sex scandal over the past few weeks also got a bit glib, with ABC reporter Linsey Davis telling viewers ‘some of the details that emerged are simply too graphic for morning television.’
Davis then went on to fully detail every public allegation that has been made against Lauer.
‘It appeared to be an open secret from your reporting,’ Robin Roberts said to Davis, adding that Andy Lack ‘doubled down overnight saying unequivocally there were no complaints before Monday night.’
Roberts then said to Davis: ‘That’s at odds with your reporting.’
Davis responded: ‘It is at odds with our reporting. We had talked to dozens of former and current staffers who say that there was general knowledge within all ranks of NBC between staffers, high ranking executives, other anchors that were on air with Lauer.’
Natalie Morales also spoke about the fallout in the wake of these revelations on Access Hollywood.
‘Savannah, Hoda and Al putting on a brave show at last night’s Christmas tree lighting. All smiles with the clear tension,’ noted Morales.
‘Al did put out the nice Instagram pic, not this one, but this was yesterday as the show, they were discovering the news.’
Morales then went on to discuss the amount of work that had to be done prior to air time by the three and the crew at NBC.
‘It had to be really hard because the producers had to edit out some of the segments because some of the singers were prerecorded and they had to edit around Matt’s part because he had did parts of the introductions,’said Morales, going on to say that people she spoke with at the network were ‘shocked’ at the new claims.
‘And it all unfolded live as you saw on TV yesterday, with Savannah and Hoda and Al on TV all processed it as they were getting tha,t and they really delivered such heartfelt emotions in that very raw moment and, you know, I can’t say enough about how well they handled that.’
Morales went on to say: ‘And they really learned about this just moments before going on the air.’
She then confirmed reports that the email was sent to staff announcing the news 10 minutes before ‘Today’ aired on Wednesday.
Hoda Kotb was in again for Lauer, with her and Savannah Guthrie appearing in considerably good spirits given their marathon Wednesday.
During the opening segment, Today also highlighted the comments made by Morales on Tuesday, who urged the network to do the right thing before stating: ‘When and if she wants to tell her story publicly, I’m sure she will, but it did take a lot of courage for her to come forward. It was no doubt a very painful decision.’
Lauer’s apology, read out on the show this morning, came hours after more graphic details of the allegations against the host emerged.
In the latest allegation, a married NBC staffer claimed she woke up in Matt Lauer’s office with her pants halfway down her legs after having sex with the anchor until she passed out.
The woman told The New York Times that the longtime Today Show host’s assistant had to take her to see a nurse after the alleged encounter in 2001.
The former employee, who was in her 40s at the time, said Lauer first made advances towards her while covering a story away from their New York headquarters in the late 1990s.
She described moving away from him during a car journey to the airport because he was sitting ‘uncomfortably close’, to which he apparently replied: ‘You’re no fun’.
Then, in 2001, she claims the married Lauer summoned her to his office at 30 Rock in New York to discuss work. She says he then used a button under his desk to lock the door and then told her to unbutton her blouse.
She said the veteran broadcaster then stepped out from behind his desk, pulled out a chair, bent her over, and started having sex with her until she fell unconscious.
The woman told The Times she woke up a while later on the floor of his office with her pants halfway down her legs, prompting his assistant to take her to seek medical attention.
The ex-staffer, who has not been named, is one of a string of women who have come forward accusing Lauer of sexual misconduct.
She did not tell NBC about the alleged incident at the time because she thought she could have done more to stop Lauer’s actions, and she left around a year later.
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