Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

NBC Isn't Planning To Pay The Rest of Matt Lauer's Salary

NBC Isn't Planning To Pay The Rest of Matt Lauer's Salary

The disgraced former Today show host will not be receiving a payout on his $20 million contract with NBC after reports claimed that his lawyers were fighting for him to receive the remainder of his salary even though he was sacked on Wednesday, Nov. 29 for allegedly sexually harassing his female co-workers at NBC.

Lauer previously earned $20 million a year with NBC, and somehow believes that despite his predatory behavior, he is still entitled to the remainder of his contract, which was supposed to run through 2018.

An NBC News source said Friday that Lauer will not be paid past his last day of work, effectively Tuesday, when Lack informed him he was sacked.

Following the initial claims of sexual misconduct by a fellow employee, NBC officials confirmed two more individuals had come forward with accusations against Lauer. According to Deadline, although Lauer accepted his termination without fighting back, his team is expected to try to negotiate with NBC so that Lauer can receive the remaining $30 million of his contract. But the source said the network will not agree to any payout. "Morale clauses" are typical for television news contracts and this case applies.

Matt Lauer's wife long-suffering wife Annette Roque has reportedly left NY for her native Netherlands amid allegations that her husband sexually assaulted and abused multiple female staffers at NBC.

If the timeline is credible, it means that NBC News chairman Andy Lack and president Noah Oppenheim were unaware of Lauer's alleged misconduct until very recently. The first harassment complaint, made on Monday night, triggered an internal investigation and Tuesday night's firing decision. The criticism resumed when Bill O'Reilly reportedly received about $25 million, a severance payment amounting to one year of his four-year contract, when he left Fox earlier this year.

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