After losing his position at the Today show and finding himself in the middle of a divorce, Matt Lauer was also being threatened with the loss of his prestigious property in New Zealand. When Lauer and estranged wife Annette Roque bought the $9 million sheep and cattle ranch in New Zealand, they signed a "good character" clause, which Lauer was thought to have violated. This clause is something that the New Zealand Overseas Investment Office requires foreign investors to sign in order to purchase real estate in their country.
Town & Country says that for months, the former NBC anchor didn't know if he would be forced to sell after he was fired for potentially committing a crime. Lisa Barrett, an official with the Overseas Investment Office, said that for now, they will not be making any claim against Lauer.
New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office told the Associated Press that they interviewed Lauer and had also been in contact with NBC, as reported by Boston.com.
"Mr. Lauer has not been charged with any offense, nor convicted, and the evidence available to the OIO at this time does not establish that Mr. Lauer is unfit to continue to hold the asset. However, in reaching this position, we do not condone the inappropriate way that Mr. Lauer has behaved."