Matt Lauer is one of the most famous faces to ever host morning television. The former journalist was an iconic figure on NBC's TODAY show for decades, and his departure from the show shook the entertainment industry.
Many people were shocked to learn that Lauer was abruptly let go by the network after allegations against him surfaced last year. In that time, numerous reports about sexual misconduct by Lauer have come to light and his entire reputation has been tarnished forever.
Now, for the first time since the scandal broke, Lauer is opening up. He did so while speaking with a journalist from New Zealand.
"Lauer bought a $13 million lease to the Hunter Valley Station Ranch before his sexual harassment scandal erupted, and is now fighting with government groups who want Lauer to grant more access to hikers and hunters in order for them to get to Hawea Conservation Park. Hunter Valley Station is the only thoroughfare to Hawea Conservation Park. Lauer is against the easement, and says that the groups are 'taking advantage' of the fallout of his highly publicized sexual misconduct scandal," reported ET Online.
Matt went on to say he feels he is now an "easy mark" for people to take advantage of. According to the sources close to Lauer, they say he is trying to spend more time in New Zealand. Although he is famous around the world, he probably gets recognized less by living outside of the United States.
"I believe the groups that are behind this are in some ways, unfortunately, taking advantage of some difficult times I've been through over the past six months and I think they see me as an easy mark," Lauer says. "And what they're going to try to do is put this through, which would set a precedent because this has not been done ever before with a pastoral leaseholder or property owner without that person's consent."
Lauer has been keeping a low profile since the scandal. However, he did apologize when news of his harassment broke.
"I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father, and principal at NBC," Lauer's statement read. "However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false."
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