Disgraced “Today” host Matt Lauer has a sickening demand for the network that summarily fired him just hours after accusations of sexual misconduct came to light: He wants $30 million to go away.
Yes, apparently after years of sexually harassing women on the job, the tarnished star wants to be paid for the remaining year and a half of his contract, which is $20 million per annum, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
It appears that after all of the sordid revelations that have come out about him over the past day or two, he still feels he deserves a golden parachute.
(I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but darned if I can find it.)
“They are currently looking at his contract and determining whether the claims against him, which clearly would affect any moral clause in his contract and his ensuing termination, would cut off his contractual rights to be paid through to the end of his contract,” a source close to Lauer said.
Like most TV contracts, the contract that Lauer signed with NBC in 2016 included a morals clause, essentially voiding it if he did anything that brought the network into disrepute.
I’m not entirely sure what bringing a network “into disrepute” entails legally, although I’m pretty sure that…
- Exposing oneself to an unwilling co-worker;
- Buying a co-worker a sex toy as a gift and then detailing how one would use it on her;
- Using one’s position to “frequently dismiss stories about cheating husbands,” presumably because it made them uncomfortable; and
- Having a button inside one’s office so one could lock the door in case one wanted to make the move on an unsuspecting female …
… all could at least arguably fall under the heading.
“There is no way Matt is getting paid,” one insider told Page Six.
“There has been an irrevocable breach of Matt’s contract, there is a moral clause that says if he brings the company into disrepute — which he clearly has — NBC can terminate his employment immediately without pay and they do not have to pay out his contract.”
Alas, we don’t quite know what Lauer’s side of the story is, but we can probably imagine it doesn’t diverge all that much from what we currently know, given his apology Thursday, and silence otherwise.
The Post reported that the “grim-faced anchor” was seen emerging from his $33 million estate in the Hamptons(I suppose if you’re going to be grim-faced, that’s the kind of place to do it) to hand an envelope to East End real estate and criminal lawyer Eddie Burke Jr.
In other words, this is exactly like “The Great Gatsby,” only if Tom Buchanan a) had a job that required him to make small talk on camera with Savannah Guthrie every morning and b) sexually importuned fewer women.
Allegedly, I mean. Cough, cough.
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