Affair rumors have recently shaken up the "Today" set, as allegations fly that anchors Natalie Morales and Matt Lauer might be involved in an inappropriate relationship.
While both parties have spoken out denying the claims, speculation has ramped up that the affair could be the reason Natalie recently chose to make a major move. The news anchor will be relocating across the country to take over duties on "Access Hollywood" in California, while Matt remains in New York to host "Today."
A source told Page Six, "There's speculation it's one of the reasons why she's moving... Matt didn't want to work with her."
But both anchors are coming out to staunchly squash all cheating allegations.
Natalie slammed the recent round of rumors, saying, "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."
Matt also spoke out about the allegations, adding, "Every aspect of this story is untrue, and it's frankly sad that someone would tell lies to harm everyone involved."
And while some sources close to the show seem to be propagating the drama, others are attempting to shut it down.
"There's no validity to it. Zero fact. NBC News loves her. Her contract was up in the fall and she wanted to try something new. She wanted to go to LA. [NBC] wanted to keep her," one source shared.
Though both parties are denying the story, it's not the first time the news anchors have been accused of being too friendly.
Back in 2006, Natalie and Matt were rumored to be involved with each other while covering the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. The speculation led Matt Lauer's wife Annette Roque to file for divorce that year, only to withdraw her request three weeks after. Their reunion stuck, the 58-year-old just celebrated his 18th year of marriage to Annette, with whom he shares three children.
For her part, Natalie, 44, has also been married for 18 years, to businessman Joe Rhodes. The couple share two sons together, Joseph and Luke.
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