Matt Lauer still begs for a comeback after misconduct scandal – NBCNEWS

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After being fired amid a sexual misconduct scandal, Matt Lauer has plans to return to the limelight.

“Matt Lauer is still crying out for a comeback,” a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weeklynow on newsstands, noting that the former television journalist, 64, “no longer feels” shame over the scandal.

According to the insider, Lauer is eyeing a podcast deal now that he knows his television career is “ahead.”

The source also noted that the New York resident has “been dating” since his divorce from Annette Roque. The former couple, who were married from 1998 to 2019, share sons Jack, 21, and Thijs, 15, and daughter Romy, 18, who are now “more accepting” of their father’s upcoming professional plans.

Lauer’s career made headlines in November 2017 when he was fired from NBC amid a sexual misconduct scandal. At the time, a female colleague accused him of inappropriate behavior during the network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, three years earlier.

After the TV personality’s departure from NBC, journalist Ronan Farrow published new details about the alleged attack in his 2019 book Catch and kill. The former newscaster, who has denied the allegations in the past, later went into detail about Farrow’s claims.

“On October 9, 2019, I was falsely accused of rape,” Lauer wrote in a blog post on… Mediate in May 2020. “This accusation was one of the worst and most profound things that ever happened in my life, it was devastating to my family and it was outrageously used to sell books.”

In the lengthy essay, Lauer claimed that his past interactions with his accuser Brooke Nevils were “consensual, but inappropriate.” He also admitted that he was “shocked, but not surprised” by the lack of support from his former colleagues amid the public drama.

“The rush to judge was quick. In fact, that morning I was falsely accused of rape, and before I could even make a statement, some journalists called my accuser ‘brave’ and ‘brave’,” he continued. “I was also disappointed, but not surprised, that Ronan Farrow’s overall reporting received so little attention.”

Farrow, for his part, criticized Lauer’s comments that his coverage was “too good” to be true, tweeting at the time: “All I want to say about this is that Matt Lauer is just wrong. Catch and kill was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself.”

To learn more about Lauer’s plans to get back into the limelight, watch the video above and look for the new issue of Us Weekly, which is now on the stands.

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