One and a half years after their separation, Matt Lauer's wife has officially filed for divorce, according to court documents submitted on July 9. Lauer is not contesting the divorce, so the ruling will just require a judge's sign-off.
The former "Today" anchor's 20-year marriage to Annette Roque publicly unraveled in the aftermath of his firing from NBC's daily morning show in late 2017. However, upon news of their separation, reports emerged that they'd secretly been living "separate lives" for years.
"Matt needed to stay in the marriage to keep his reputation as America's nicest dad," an insider told Page Six in the weeks following Lauer's ouster, calling Lauer a "terrible husband."
The documents were filed in Suffolk County, which is on Long Island in New York. Both Lauer and his ex, who share three children, spend most of their time in the Hamptons. They reportedly both live inside the massive Strongheart Manor estate, which they bought in 2016 for $36.5 million.
Lauer's dramatic exit from "Today" was fueled by accounts from multiple women who attested to his sexually invasive behavior in the workplace. Most, if not all, of the women involved were much younger than Lauer and had entry-level positions, i.e. interns or production assistants.
Insiders reported that photographic evidence was key to Lauer's swift exit: "My understanding was it was so damning that it was unquestionable whether or not he should be fired."