Matt Lauer “has not the intention of the assembly of a Billy Bush-style comeback campaign,” a source says.
Matt Lauer of the distraught looking wife, Annette Roque, was spotted without her wedding ring in the Hamptons — and her father says that she is planning on separating from the disgraced newsman.
While Annette was photographed jewelry-free on a Wednesday morning visit to a supermarket in the Hamptons, reports say that the couple is done, lustful Lauer was still wearing his wedding ring in Sag Harbor.
Meanwhile, Page Six has learned that Lauer has no intention of trying to stage a professional comeback.
Lauer has issued a statement about his firing from NBC’s “Today” for the alleged sexual harassment, saying: “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul, and I am dedicated to the beginning of that effort. It is now my full-time job.” A source says, “Matt has no intention to return to public life . . . He is going to disappear and play golf.”
The source added: “He wants a regular Joe. Play golf and stay in the Hamptons. He has no intention of mounting a Billy Bush-style comeback campaign. He is going to stick with his statement and not the allegations further.”
Another source says Lauer the vow to remain out of the spotlight, “I would not be a 20-year-old promise . . . but he wants to focus on his family.”
He is seen in Sag Harbor with his wedding ring still on.
A source told us that Lauer and Roque are still living together in the Hamptons, where she was looking miserable and gaunt. “She’s back in the Hamptons for the care of the children,” says a source. “This has a huge toll. She is painfully thin. People her children to school are concerned.”
The Dutch model’s father, Henri, 76, told the Daily Mail from his home in the Netherlands: “She is not going to stay with him and work it out. They are not together, try to work it out.”
Back at the “Today” ratings without Lauer are through the roof. Maybe it is just the car-wreck viewing, but the show was No. 1 on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for the five days to Dec. 1. A source told us, “They are not going to actively replace Matt.”
Another insider added: “Savannah [Guthrie] and Hoda [Kotb] will continue to host the show for the short-term. No decisions for the long term.”