Updated: 11/30/2017 11:39 AM | First Published: 06/23/2016 12:26 PM

Did Natalie Morales leave TODAY because of her affair with Matt Lauer?

TODAY anchors Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales smiling

Natalie Morales and Matt Lauer worked together on TODAY show. She was rumored to having an affair with Matt in 2006 but she denied the affair in 2016. She shortly left the show.

Taking about her move, she said, "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."

Morales is happily married to husband Joe Rhodes and has two children.

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