Who was Lucie Fink?
In 2013, Lauer was accused of flirting with a college student, who worked on the Today and occasionally made on-air appearances. Her name was Lucie Fink and she Tweeted about a lunch the pair had, alone, at the Four Seasons. She called Lauer her "mentor."
Those Natalie Morales Rumors
In 2016, Lauer was forced to publicly deny talk that he was having an affair with his Today show co-host Natalie Morales, who joined the program in 2006 and became a co-anchor in 2011. "Every aspect of this story is untrue, and it’s frankly sad that someone would tell lies to harm everyone involved," Lauer told Page Six at the time.
Added Morales in Staunch Denial:
"There is absolutely no truth to this completely absurd story. It is damaging, hurtful and extremely sexist. I have proven myself in all aspects of my job as a news professional and journalist, and am adding to my role, taking on three jobs with ‘Access Hollywood Live and Access Hollywood, in addition to Today. This move was dictated by me and my desire to grow in my career. Any insinuations beyond that are uninformed."
Lauer Didn't Sleep with Ann Curry...
Quite the opposite. He was accused of stabbing her in the back and recommending to executives that she be fired from Today.
Curry Barely Acknowledged Lauer During Her On-Air Goodbye
A New York Magazine feature alleged Lauer simply did not like Curry. This piece said the two "barely spoke" off air and Lauer threatened to leave if Curry wasn't fired.
What a Jerk!
There was also chatter in 2013 that Lauer refused to take a pay cut
, despite his HUGE salary and Today laying off many workers at the time.