According to Deadline, although Lauer accepted his termination without fighting back, his team is expected to try to negotiate with NBC so that Lauer can receive the remaining $30 million of his contract.
Though Lauer's contract called for him to be paid tens of millions of dollars, the network doesn't expect to pay it now that he's been fired, a senior NBC source told the outlet. Their headline read "Lauer's lawyers trying to get him $30M payout after firing". The disgraced former Today show host will not be receiving a payout on his $20 million contract with NBC after reports claimed that his lawyers were fighting for him to receive the remainder of his salary even though he was sacked on Wednesday, Nov. 29 for allegedly sexually harassing his female co-workers at NBC. But the network is reportedly refusing any sort of payout.
Two people close to Lauer expressed doubt that he would play hardball with his former network.
Willie Geist is reportedly the front runner to replace Lauer after the disgraced anchor was fired from NBC on Wednesday
However, NBC is pushing back, saying that the contract is void because Lauer was sacked "with cause", a.k.a.
Subsequent reports in Variety and the New York Times cited multiple sources who claimed that Lauer has engaged in a pattern of sexually predatory behavior over the years, including allegedly exposing himself to a female employee and having sex with another in his office who felt helpless to acquiesce. The first story leaked on Monday night, with a woman accusing him of abuse that started in 2014.
In a memo on Friday, Lack said NBCUniversal would conduct a review of what happened and would strengthen its internal processes so that staffers feel safe coming forward with allegations of misconduct. His $25-million-a-year contract, one of the most lucrative in the TV business, was supposed to run through the end of 2018.