Giving country music legend Tammy Wynette a run for her money, Matt Lauer’s ex-wife stands by her man… or should we say her ex-man?
Nancy Alspaugh, who was married to Lauer for seven years before divorcing him in 1988, told Entertainment Tonight she was “shocked” to learn that her former husband was fired after being accused of sexual misconduct.
“I was shocked because he’s been such a stalwart at that network and in that job,” she stated. “He’s been the best person that’s ever held that job and I couldn’t imagine that anything that he would have done — that would have been so out of character for him — that would have caused that reaction.”
Ignoring the victims, Alspaugh expressed concerned about Lauer’s children. But then, her loyalty to her ex was on display when she tipped Lauer off that a reporter showed up at her door the week prior to his firing.
“I called him to let him know that a reporter had shown up at my door and was saying that some things were going to be coming out,” she explained. “And when I called him, he thanked me for the call, and I got the contact of the reporter and he said of course none of it was true.”
Lauer told her “whatever they were going to come out with was fabricated,” the ex-wife said.
She told ET Lauer was “incredibly nice, incredibly charming and incredibly willing to help anybody.”
“I never saw him as a power monger or somebody who would abuse his position in any way,” Alspaugh said.
Her words of support for Lauer were consistent with the effort seen from friends and colleagues who’ve tried to soften the impact of the accusations leveled against him.
“That’s why it’s so shocking, I think, for the people that really know him and really love him and they want to get the good stuff out,” she said. “I want to get out the fact that he made a contribution to my nonprofit, that he helped me when my husband died.”
“The selfless, giving part of him, which people tend to forget whenever this kind of a situation comes up. He would give you the shirt off his back if you really needed it. He did that for everybody. From the lowest person on set to the highest powers.”
Though it’s not clear if the benevolence continued once Lauer activated the automatic door lock strategically placed beneath his desk in his office — which may be when the “shirt off his back” comes into play.
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