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Natalie Morales, the "Today" show west coast anchor and ahost of the Hollywood Live, has been married to long-time boyfriend Joseph Rhodes since 1998. However, in 2014, Natalie was rumored to have an extra-marital affair. She was suspected to have fallen for her colleague at the Today show, Matt Lauer.
Did this affect her marriage and make her shift to NBC "Access Hollywood Live"?
Natalie left for the NBC Hollywood Live immediately after rumors spread that the pair were enjoying an extra-marital affair
Rumors of Natalie and Matt's involvement began after an event at the 2016 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Natalie and Matt had been covering the events together as anchors for the Today show (third hour).
Matt Laure is a married man. He has three children with wife Annette Roque.
Annette filed for a divorce, suspecting that her husband Matt had not been faithful to her all along. The timing of this all! It was also thought that Natalie and husband Joe were thinking of a divorce.
Natalie shifted to Hollywood Live immediately after.
Nataile Morales and Matt Lauer dismissed the relationship accusation saying they were extremely untrue and sexist
After the rumors made it to the headlines in 2014, Natalie and Matt experienced an awkwardness in their professional conduct. This was suspected to be one of the reasons why Natalie left the show. Did Natalie shift to Hollywood Live to save her career and her marriage (with Joseph)? Or has she forced away because Matt no longer preferred to be seen around her?
Matt deemed the story untrue. In addition, Natalie claimed, "This move was dictated by me and my desire to grow in my career. Any insinuations beyond that are uninformed."
"There is absolutely no truth to this completely absurd story. It is damaging, hurtful and extremely sexist," she added.
Supporting her, the "Today" top exec Noah Oppenheim stated: "suggestion[s] that Natalie’s new role and salary is anything but the result of her merit, is not only not true — it’s sexism in its ugliest form and it’s offensive.”
Natalie Morales has gained more popularity in recent days through her involvement at the Access Hollywood Live and the west coast Today show
Her decision to move to Los Angeles has only increased her popularity and net worth. She seems more radiant and talented iin her performance now than ever before. She currently enjoys a net worth of 8.5 million.
Not only that, Natalie and her husband have been able to preserve their amicable marriage. We hope that the rumors of her extra-marital affairs will not affect her family life in the days to come. On the other hand, it has been heard that Matt Lauer’s wife withdrew her divorce petition and the couple is living together.
Despite the rumors, Natalie Morales, and her alleged boyfriend Matt Lauer, are finally busy on their own schedules.