Since his dismissal from NBC’s “Today” show, Matt Lauer has been largely laying low in the Hamptons. But Upper East Side spies exclusively told Page Six that the disgraced anchor made an appearance in Manhattan at posh eatery the East Pole — where he dined with a “Today” senior producer.
He and “Today” veteran Deborah Kosofsky arrived at about 6:30 p.m. at the eatery — and a witness who spotted them at dinner said they were discussing his “summer plans” and that there was a suggestion Lauer could use a change of scenery from the Hamptons.
“They were in the middle of the room,” said a source. “They were talking about vacation spots.” The source said they overheard talk of a move “to the mountains.”
Lauer’s been trying to unload a Sag Harbor property for $12.75 million, and he and his estranged wife, Annette Roque, also own a 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill and a North Haven estate that belonged to Richard Gere. But the tranquil Hamptons haven will be flooded for the summer with a horde of A-listers and media attention, so perhaps he’ll head for more remote climes?
A different source insisted that Lauer and his former producer Kosofsky only discussed “his kids” and did not talk about him heading for the hills — or anywhere else. Said a source, “They’ve been good friends for 30 years.”
Either way, the meeting shows Lauer still has some support from some at NBC News. He was fired last November in a #MeToo scandal. More recently, NBC found in an internal investigation that none of his execs had any clue about the harassment allegations, but suspected more run-of-the-mill philandering.
Reps did not comment.
Lauer said in a statement after he was canned: “Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching, and I’m committed to beginning that effort … It is now my full time job.”
Lauer sold off his Upper East Side apartment in April for $7 million — where he used to stay for work.
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