As part of his new Today extension, NBC has agreed to pay for Matt Lauer to helicopter back and forth to his house in the Hamptons. It’s unclear how often this is happening, but many feel it’s like hitting a meth pipe. Even once is too many. Lauer downplays his chic lifestyle, claiming the Hamptons are not the bourgeois scene many think. Rather, just an idyllic old school Norman Rockewell scenario that cost $10,000 bucks to commute to in a chartered HeliFlite fitted with anti missile gear:
“I think the image that people have is that it’s all polo fields and cocktail parties. And the fact of the matter — my experience and Annette’s experience . . . is about parent-teacher conferences and Little League and music lessons. . . We go to the local drugstore, and we walk the dog on the beach . . . and take pony-riding lessons . . . very much small-town America.”
Lauer paints a fine picture of the regular working stiff cruising over the masses in a chopper to his lair for some pony riding lessons. NBC must be crazy desperate if they are willing to accept insane Guns and Roses rider demands from a bald dude who fake laughs at stories about soap actresses kids. I could name a hand full of struggling actors at my local bar who would do a comparable job and be psyched they got a split on their Uber-X charge. Even though absolutely nobody will ever put their finger on it, there’s just something about Matt Lauer.
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