New Details About The Lies Matt Lauer Told During His Final Days At NBC — And How He Knew He Was Going To Be Fired

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New Details About The Lies Matt Lauer Told During His Final Days At NBC
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He apparently found out around the time of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Matt Lauer knew he was going to be fired from the Today show a week before it happened.

At the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23, 2017, Matt Lauer, 60, dressed in all black and was overheard telling a coworker, “This is going to be my last parade.”

A source said the former show host was “gray and tired-looking” that day, just a week before the truth came out about Lauer and the plug was pulled at NBC.

Even though he knew his fate, Lauer fought until the very end, a source told Page Six. He lied and denied all accusations against him and told his bosses they had nothing to worry about.

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“He was already being investigated by Variety magazine, but at that point, nobody knew what they had got on him,” said the source who overheard him at the parade. “The Times was calling around, saying they were doing a piece on the culture of the Today show, and The Enquirer was asking about settlements paid to female staff members who had affairs with Matt.”

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While Lauer was being investigated for his work behavior, he was asked by NBC President Noah Oppenheimer and Chairman Andy Lack multiple times, “Is there anything we should know or be worried about?”

Lauer dismissed them by saying, “I am racking my brains, but I can’t think of anything.”

The “favorite dad” on TV knew of his demise but seemed unaware it would happen so quickly.

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“He was acting his usual cocky, confident self,” says the first insider. “He had no idea that this would turn out to be his last day on the show.”

A fellow colleague of Lauer’s and her lawyer arranged a meeting with NBC’s human resources team at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 and he was fired two days later.

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“Our impression at this point is that NBC acted quickly, as all companies should when confronted with credible allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace,” said civil-rights and employment lawyer Ari Wilkenfeld, who represented the accuser that came forward first.

Matt lawyered up by that afternoon but continued to defend himself up until the evidence proved he was at fault.

“Matt was at first unapologetic, defending himself,” an NBC employee told Page Six and continued to say that his demeanor shifted as the evidence against him poured out.

Two more women came forward with sexual allegations against Lauer that turned out to be true.

He became quiet and didn't argue,” the first insider added. “He accepted that it didn't look good.”

Post firing, Lauer’s wife left him and he is taking time to focus on his kids.

“He goes between sadness and acceptance of his fate, to disbelief how it all happened so quickly and how the situation was so out of his control,” said a source close to Lauer.

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