A story in the New York Post’s Page Six said an “inappropriate relationship” between the pair prompted NBC to shift Morales to “Access Hollywood.” But both Morales and Lauer have forcefully denied any affair.
Lauer and Morales strongly deny any inappropriate relationship, but one source told us, “There’s speculation it’s one of the reasons why she’s moving . But now, “There’s an awkwardness between Matt and Natalie . But another source said of Lauer and Morales, “There’s no validity to it. Lauer carries a lot of power and decides who stays at “Today,” according to insiders.
Matt didn’t want to work with her.” Lauer was once one of Morales’ biggest supporters at NBC. He protected her for a long time and now it seems like something has gone awry,” added an insider. Her contract was up in the fall and she wanted to try something new. [NBC] wanted to keep her.” Morales’ husband moved to California for work and she wanted to take their children, the source added.
Lauer expressed no bitterness toward the media, of which he is a well-recognized (and at a reported $28 million per year, immensely well-paid) part.
“I don’t think you can complain about the jobs we have,” he said.
He said on the podcast that he felt his “family” was in jeopardy, although it’s unclear whether he meant his work or home family, or both.