Matt Lauer’s wife threatens to divorce him if Natalie Morales is promoted

I think it was two summers ago when CB and I thought it was going to be a lazy, un-scandalous few months in which nothing happened – and then Radar started publishing all of those “leaked” recordings of Mel Gibson going apesh-t on Oksana Grigorieva and suddenly it became The Summer of Mel’s Crazy. It just goes to show you – you can’t pick some of the stories that are going to be become major, weeks-long events. Well, as the sultry summer begins, it looks like one of the biggest stories out there is The Firing of Ann Curry. It’s not so much Ann and the issues around her – although that’s an interesting discussion – but it’s also about Matt Lauer and his problems with women.

The Enquirer has been ahead of the Matt Lauer rumors for years. Lauer’s second wife, Annette Roque, has already tried to leave Lauer once before, even filing for divorce only to withdraw the petition later. There are lots of stories about Lauer’s ALLEGED wandering dong, and how he might have had an affair with Natalie Morales in 2006-07 (their alleged affair began in Torino?), and there were rumors about Lauer and Meredith Vieira too. Maybe that’s why Meredith has no interest in coming back to Today, even though producers allegedly begged her? Don’t know. But I do know that Natalie Morales story seems to have legs. Yesterday, Page Six reported that Morales was considering leaving Today (and NBC entirely) because she felt “passed over” for the co-anchor job. Now Radar/The Enquirer claims that Lauer’s wife Annette is pissed off because she’s hearing that Natalie is in the running. Annette is threatening to divorce Lauer if Natalie gets co-anchor. EPIC.

There’s drama brewing on Today in the wake of Ann Curry’s sudden departure from her co-host seat and it’s almost as good as an episode of the Jersey Shore!

Ratings for the morning program have plummeted since Curry took over from Meredith Vieira last year, and as a result, the veteran journalist is being handed a pink slip and Matt Lauer’s wife Annette Roque isn’t happy about the situation.

She fears the replacement will be none other than Natalie Morales, the woman Lauer was not only accused of having an affair with, but also fathering one of her children.

Morales has been a regular fixture on the show for a few years now and was upset she didn’t get the co-host gig after Vieira left. It’s now rumored she’s threatening to quit the show if she doesn’t get the job even though Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are the front-runners.

Meanwhile, that’s not the only threat going around. Roque, reportedly told the NBC host that if Morales gets the job, she’s divorcing him.

“When she heard about Ann getting the boot, the first thing she told Matt was that she didn’t want him cozying up any closer to Natalie,” a source close to Lauer’s wife told The National Enquirer. “In fact, Annette drew a line in the sand and said if he pushed show bosses to make Natalie his new co-host, she’d divorce him. Annette knows Matt is the key to the Today franchise and his bosses will put whoever he wants in the co-host chair.”

A NBC Universal representative had no comment on Curry or her replacement, but said the talk of Morales, 40, being upset was ‘totally untrue’. But Roque isn’t taking any chances and is doing everything she can to ensure Morales doesn’t get the job.

Lauer, who is said to have signed a $25 million deal earlier this year to stay with Today, was accused of having an affair with his coworker when they were covering the Winter Olympics in Italy in 2006.

Meanwhile, after only a year on the job, it’s said that the network is going over the final details of Curry’s severance package from her $10 million a year contract.

[From Radar]

I really don’t know why Annette doesn’t just divorce him. If Lauer is only doing a fraction of what Annette suspects, she needs to get the hell out. I’ve also heard rumors that Annette and Matt pretty much live separate lives anyway, for what it’s worth. She stays out in the country on their horse farm, and Matt stays in the city.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Today is already preparing for Ann Curry’s departure, and that the show is already editing a “farewell montage” and that a deal will be made by the end of the week. Curry still wants $20 million and no contract. NBC wants to give her $10 million and a foreign correspondent position. As of yet, no deal has been made, but NBC is already grooming Savannah Guthrie, apparently, and they definitely want Guthrie for the Olympics coverage. TMZ’s sources also say that Natalie Morales is definitely NOT leaving Today and that she “loves her job and she’s completely happy with what she’s doing.” Well played, Natalie.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. DailyNightly says:

    What does it matter if Natalie is a co-anchor or a janitor? She is still on the set and if Matt has something going with her why would being a c-anchor change that? I wish they would give her Ann’s job, she;s better than the other choices.

    • Kim1 says:

      I agree she was sitting next to him on sofa yesterday.Story makes no sense.Have her fired or divorce

  2. gee says:

    I hate Matt Lauer. I’d rather have 10 boring Anne Currys than one Matt Lauer. I love that Hoda and Kathy are drunk off their asses in that last picture though.

    • Lantana says:

      Do you really think KL and Hoda drink all that much? I thing the whole thing is an act. And I find them both really annoying. I start my exercise routine almost every day at 10 bc there is nothing decent on TV at that hour.

      • gee says:

        I really hope that’s not how two grown women would act sober. I choose to believe drunk.. more fun that way.

      • Amanda says:

        I hate all of the morning news shows. Do you get Soap Net? I start the exercise routine while I’m watching old episodes of 90210. Oh yeah, and I can’t stand Lauer’s smug face.

  3. brin says:

    Maybe that last part should read “she’s completely happy with WHO she’s doing”.
    Sheesh…the morning news IS the news.

  4. Jackie O says:

    seems like a bit of a cesspool at the today show. maybe, they need to clean house and start fresh.

  5. G says:

    This is a classic case of scapegoating. Ann is the easy target. Someone is protecting their decision to give Lauer a $25 mill contract ad failing to re-conceive a stale concept.

    And why does it seem Morales is being punished for this alleged affair, but Lauer is lionized. Of course she should leave. It’s clear that the road to advancement is shut.

  6. JudyK says:

    Ann is going to remain at NBC doing foreign correspondent work…she really excels at that…can’t think of anyone better.

    I’m w/ Matt’s wife on this one…maybe because I can’t stand Natalie Morales. Would love to see her leave Today.

    But as someone above said, why doesn’t Annette just go ahead and divorce him if she’s so insecure and/or if he’s such a douche. They have three young children, so that may be the key.

    • Malificent says:

      Yeah, I’ve always liked Ann Curry’s presentation. I think she is much stronger at doing “real” news. I think she’s better off not taking the fluffy route — hope she realizes that.

  7. GiGi says:

    Ann Curry just announced that today is her last day… at Today…

    • JudyK says:

      Gigi, what time zone are you in? I’m in Central Standard Time. Have been outside watering and am hoping I didn’t miss this! Thanks.

      • GiGi says:

        Eastern Standard – an hour ahead of you – I think you’ll catch it, still!

      • JudyK says:

        GiGi, thanks so much for responding so quickly…I was able to watch it all…hard to watch…made me cry, too.

    • Ruth Dunbar says:

      Yeah, it was teary-eyed and awkward. Savannah’s on the couch now and she looks like she wants to crawl under a rock.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Holy sh*t! Really? I watch Today Show every morning while I get ready for work but only until 7:45 or so. So mad I missed that!
      Anyway, it was time for Anne to go.

      This story seems a bit ridic to me. I don’t see why Annette wouldn’t just leave him. Maybe she’s just scared of losing the life she’s had for so long.

  8. Cathy says:

    You’d have to give me tons of money to boink Matt Lauer. I’m talking 7 figures here. Yes I know that’s alot but he’s funny looking and I hate his hair cut. That is what little hair he has to cut.

  9. Amy says:

    Cheaters gonna cheat. Either divorce him or get counseling and learn to trust one another. It strikes me as wrong when a woman tries to hurt another woman’s career. If she trusted him it wouldn’t matter who was sitting in the co-anchors seat.

  10. chalky says:

    Off subject: what’s up with Morales’ hairline in that wedding pic? It looks like someone either took a clone stamp to it or she’s wearing a wig. Carry on…

  11. Jazz says:

    They should get rid of Lauer. He’s like a fox in a hen house.

  12. Bobby the K says:

    Not a reasonable demand. He works with her every day. Whether she’s on camera or not, still working together.
    Anyone who sticks with a cheater is making a mistake.

    • valleymiss says:

      I have a feeling that it’s more that Annette doesn’t want Natalie to be “rewarded” for sleeping with Matt by getting a huge promotion. And ya know what…I agree. Natalie, stop trying to sleep your way to the top. Matt is a freakin’ pig. I hope the ratings disappear the same way his hair has.

  13. palermo says:

    WHAT is Matt’s appeal? He just comes across as a big ass to me. Wife should have dumped him years ago, he will never quit cheating

  14. breebree says:

    I never comment but I just wanted to say how AWFUL her lacefront looks in the last picture! you work in television, cant they fix that?
    but anyway I think the whole situation’s a mess.

  15. holly hobby says:

    He may be a jerk but I will always respect him for going toe to toe with Tiny Tommy Cruise at the height of his pro-sci hysteria.

  16. Tansey says:

    I don’t understand why any woman, Lauer’s wife included, would stay with their husband if they don’t trust him. IMO, you can’t have a stable, happy marriage if there’s no trust. I can’t imagine what it’s like to constantly have thoughts in your head about your husband being unfaithful.

    • DailyNightly says:

      According to a number of sources, she is not a stable, happy woman. And she is not about to let go of the golden goose that allows her to be a stuck up Hamptonite who has just now bought a huge horse farm just down the road from their Hamptons estate.

  17. mattlauerrocks says:

    I can’t tell Savannah and Natalie apart so neither should be long for the Today Show world. A young Sue Simmons would make the show FASCINATING to look at like the Uhura Sylar/Spock SECRET LOVE in the Star Trek reboot – I would tune in to watch the Today Show if they cast some Eye Chocolate.

  18. mattlauerrocks says:

    is it me or does his wife look like Ann Curry?