Matt Lauer Sits Down For First Interview After Being Fired From “Today”

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2018 has not been a great year for Matt Lauer. Once looked to as one of NBC’s most treasured newsmen, he now finds himself in the middle of not one, but two scandals.

Of course, the first of the two hit the fan earlier this year, when Lauer lost his job on the “Today Show” when he was accused of inappropriate sexual behaviors with some of his NBC co-workers.

However, the second is more of a controversy than a scandal, involving a road that is running through a New Zealand farm called Hunter Valley Station that he purchased back in 2017.

In his first interview since the ‘Today’ scandal, Lauer spoke out about the New Zealand controversy which has Lauer battling against a government agency and a hiking group.

“I think they see me as an easy mark,” Lauer said in an interview on Radio New Zealand’s show Checkpoint with John Campbell. “I believe they think that New Zealanders are going to find some outrage there I will tell people, they don’t know the circumstances of that situation. I promise you. I’m not at liberty to talk, nor do I want to talk about that. But they’re choosing this fight for a reason. This is why this fight was chosen now. In my opinion, and I don’t think I’m being a conspiracy theorist here or paranoid, I believe the groups behind this are in some ways, unfortunately, taking advantage of some difficult times I’ve been through over the past six months.”

 

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.