Matt Lauer can keep New Zealand ranch, despite inquiry into conduct

Matt Lauer. / Wikicommons.

By Charlotte Graham-McLay | The New York Times

Matt Lauer, the former “Today” show co-host who lost his job over sexual misconduct allegations, will be allowed to keep his ranch in New Zealand, after a government agency said Friday it did not have sufficient evidence he had breached a good-character test for foreign property buyers.

But a spokeswoman for the Overseas Investment Office, which started an investigation after Mr. Lauer’s firing in November into his fitness to hold the lease of the 16,000-acre ranch, said it would continue to “monitor the matter” and could revisit the case “should further information come to light.”

Lisa Barrett, the spokeswoman, added that the agency “did not condone the inappropriate way” that Mr. Lauer had behaved while at “Today,” the long-running New York-based morning news program on NBC.


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