Matt Lauer Horse Farm Must Stop Work

Matt Lauer had better hold his horses. According to a report in the New York Post, the hoity-toity town of Southampton, New York has posted a stop-work order on a structure on a $3.5 million property he bought last year to convert into a high-end horse farm.

According to the Post report, the workers discovered that the structure was rotten when they were tearing it down. Therefore, for reasons perhaps best known to the fine folks of Southampton, he is required to fix the roof before he can continue the work.

Yeah. I know. $3.5 million for a tear-down so that you can build a high-falutin’ barn. And doesn’t that sound like small town politics everywhere? Before you can tear it down, you need a permit. Before you can get a permit, you need to hire some city council critter’s brother-in-law to put a roof on the rotten structure.

“We’re not at odds with the town,” an unnamed Lauer source told the Post. What else can they say, after making a million-dollar investment? Poor Matt Lauer. He’s got to live with these people. Or at least his 36 horses do.

The original plan was for a 40 acre pony palace including an indoor arena as well as outdoor exercise paddocks with sweeping ocean views. Not sure why horses need ocean views, and the Lauers themselves aren’t allowed to build their own mansion on the site, which is zoned for agriculture.

Yes, life is heck being a filthy rich celebrity, especially when everybody has their hand out. Or, in the case of Today co-host Savannah Guthrie, maybe some people just have a finger out for poor Matt Lauer.

With rumors flying that Lauer’s job could be on the chopping block, you can’t help but wonder if the horse farm will ever be completed at all.

Not to worry. NBC News executive Alex Wallace said recently, “Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the ‘Today‘ show anchor chair for many years to come.”

Alrighty then. He probably has a few bucks to spare to put a roof on a rotten teardown. What’s your over/under on the ultimate completion date on the Matt Lauer horse farm?

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