Matt Lauer scandal: Ex-wife speaks out

Many are still reeling two days after NBC News fired long-time morning host Matt Lauer Wednesday for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.  

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Lauer   released a statement Thursday, saying some "of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly."         

Here's the latest, as it happens:


At the top of the “Today” show Friday, Hoda Kotb reported that the first image of Lauer had emerged, taken at his home on Long Island.          

On Thursday, NBC News' Stephanie Gosk reported on “Megyn Kelly Today” there may be as many as eight women who have come forward since Lauer was fired to accuse him of misconduct, though that number was lower in Friday's report.         

Kotb said her former co-anchor is facing accusations from three women who have come forward to NBC, though there could be as many as six. None of the women have been identified.  

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Lauer's ex-wife speaks out

Writer and producer Nancy Alspaugh, who was married to Lauer from 1981 to 1988, told” Entertainment Tonight” that she was shocked by his firing in an interview published Thursday.         

"He’s been the best person that’s ever held that job and I couldn’t imagine that anything that he would have done — that would have been so out of character for him — that would have caused that reaction," she said.          

Alspaugh went on praising her ex-husband's character and generosity, saying some of the allegations may not be true.

"He’s just a very giving person and charming and I think a lot of this stuff is obviously going to come to light, whether it’s true or not, and some of the things that are being stated may not be true," she said. "We have to find that out, you know? As time goes on here, people should be aware there’s a family involved here. There are three children and that’s — I think it’s important to be aware that this can destroy a family. Reporting on accusations before they know whether they’re real or not.”         

Lauer's second wife, model Annette Roque, to whom he's been married for 19 years, has not spoken publicly since his firing. They have two sons and a daughter.          



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