Matt Lauer’s pri­vate strug­gle

The Sacramento Bee - - Explore - BY MARTHA ROSS East Bay Times

Matt Lauer once was a “su­per busy” per­son, an­chor­ing the “To­day” show, fly­ing around the world to cover Olympics com­pe­ti­tions in Rus­sia and Rio de Janeiro, schmooz­ing with New York’s me­dia elite and, un­for­tu­nately for the peo­ple around him, get­ting into al­legedly in­ap­pro­pri­ate sit­u­a­tions with mul­ti­ple fe­male col­leagues.

But since get­ting fired from NBC a year ago for al­leged sex­ual mis­con­duct, Lauer is strug­gling to cope with his new nor­mal.

“It has been hard for him,” a source told Peo­ple. “He went from be­ing a su­per busy per­son to hav­ing noth­ing but time on his hands.” The source added: “He is not do­ing well.”

Af­ter be­ing fired, Lauer,

60, ex­iled him­self to one of his prop­er­ties in the Hamp­tons. Since then, he has con­tin­ued to fi­nal­ize his di­vorce from wife An­nette Roque. Page Six re­ports he and Roque still oc­cupy their 12-bed­room man­sion. They co-par­ent their three chil­dren, Jack,

17, Romy, 14, and Thijs,

11. Lauer has agreed to pay his wife of nearly 20 years $20 mil­lion, Page Six re­ported in Au­gust.

Lauer’s fo­cus is on main­tain­ing his re­la­tion­ship with his kids, Peo­ple added. De­spite pre­vi­ous re­ports that Lauer was ea­ger to make a ca­reer come­back, sources said that’s not the case.

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