Meredith Viera: Will She Give Evidence in Matt Lauer Divorce?

After months of tense speculation, Matt Lauer and Annette Roque are officially divorcing.

But this lengthy process could turn ugly — well, uglier — at any moment, especially considering how Lauer is reportedly in denial about how horrible his behavior really was.

Now it’s reported that Lauer’s former colleague, Meredith Viera, could become entangled in this $ 100 million divorce … and may be called to testify against him.

For ages, Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer seemed like peas in a pod. In 2013, Meredith defended Lauer during the controversy of NBC firing Ann Curry.

But now, Lauer is the one who’s been fired. He’s gone from a beloved figure to the list of accused sex monsters who’ve been hiding in plain sight for years.

And his wife is, of course, divorcing him.

So how does this involve Meredith Viera?

RadarOnline has an explosive new report that claims that the woman behind Lauer’s ousting was Meredith Viera’s own assistant.

Apparently, it was Viera’s assistant whom he targeted with sexual harassment in 2014, at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

This alleged harassment continued when they returned to New York.

She apparently had difficult-to-deny proof of Lauer’s harassment and generally disgusting behavior, in the form of wildly inappropriate images that he had texted to her.

It was these digital records that she turned over to the NBC higher-ups, which led them to fire Lauer.

Of course, that was what got the ball rolling. The dam broke, and other reports came about about Lauer’s unspeakable behavior.

That’s not the only thing that might tie Viera to this divorce, however.

In 2016, Meredith Viera hinted at Matt Lauer’s sexual fixations.

It’s almost certain that she had no idea that he was allegedly using NBC as a hunting ground for pretty, ambitious young women whom he could pressure into having sex with him.

But Viera specifically mentioned that Lauer had a “bag of sex toys” in his office.

(Again, his work office)

That ties in directly to some of the accusations, as he is said to have gifted sex toys to coworkers along with unsettling messages about how he would like to use the devices on them.

Most people probably interpreted that statement as a joke. And simply having a bag of sex toys at your place of work is not a crime.

But it could certainly come up during Roque’s divorce arguments … and if it does, Viera’s potential testimony could carry a lot of weight.

One could only wish that being a serial cheater were the worst of the accusations that Lauer is facing.

There’s using his position at NBC to pressure young employees into sex, even reportedly luring a woman to his hotel room by asking her to bring something to him.

There’s the in-office harassment, such as dropping his pants when a woman entered his office and later berating her for her refusal to perform a sex act.

And then, of course, Matt Lauer was accused of rape.

He reportedly locked a woman in his office (using the creepy button that did so remotely from his desk) and proceeded to allegedly assault her, bending her over.

He apparently only stopped and unlocked the door after she lost consciousness.

In a better world, someone accused of those kinds of misdeeds would be worried about massive lawsuits and prison time.

As it is, apparently Roque had to force Lauer out of their home because he had simply refused to leave.

It sounds like he’s preoccupied with public perceptions … and it’s been rumored that he believes that he can have his career again.

Perhaps if Meredith Viera or her assistant end up giving testimony during his divorce, it will become more clear to him that he has a lot more to lose than millions in spousal support.

Lauer’s divorce could end up being a test run for lawsuits or, potentially, a criminal investigation.


Kendra Wilkinson Is in a Better Place After Filing for Divorce

Last week, Kendra Wilkinson seemed to tearfully confirm a divorce.

Since then, a look at divorce documents has shed further light on how her once-happy marriage to Hank Baskett has come to an end.

There is good news, however: Kendra is reportedly doing better than she has in a long time.

On April 6, after what has been characterized as months of “hype,” Kendra filed for divorce after nearly 9 years of marriage.

However, sources tell Us Weekly that Kendra Wilkinson is “in a much better place” now that she’s signed the documents.

That’s a euphemism that people often use after someone has died, but it may be appropriate now that her marriage has come to a tearful end.

Kendra’s BFF is Jessica Hall, as Kendra on Top viewers are likely aware. And apparently Kendra has been relying upon Jessica for emotional support during this difficult time.

“Jessica is helping Kendra move on.”

Of course, Kendra has also been going on little adventures — even hitting the slopes to snowboard away from her problems.

“Kendra feels free and wants to let loose a little bit and just have a good time!”

The source continues to explain why, as stressful as divorce can be, things are getting better for Kendra now that it’s official.

“She’s been really unhappy and felt uncomfortable in the marriage.”

Sometimes, the greatest emotional agony and turmoil comes before a major decision is made.

Once you’ve made it official, it’s a huge weight off of your shoulders and you can breathe a sigh of relief.

In this case, it looks like the “weight” that was burdening Kendra was repeated conflicts with Hank.

“They have been fighting a lot.”

That is so sad.

Just a couple of weeks into the year, Kendra revealed that 2018 has been the hardest year of her life

So yes, she has been suffering.

In light of what we now know about how her marriage to Hank has fallen apart, this is not surprising.

In divorce papers, Kendra listed the date of separation as … January 1 of 2018.

So yes, we can understand why, just days later, she was struggling and miserable.

We should point out that just because Kendra is happier now that the divorce is in writing doesn’t mean that she and Hank are living separate lives now.

First of all, they are still linked — and will always be linked — by their two children, 8-year-old Hank IV and 6-year-old Alijah.

Second of all, as Kendra recently made clear, they’re still going to see each other for various functions.

On Monday, the two were joined by their children from the Netflix premiere of Lost in Space.

(Fans will remember Kendra’s bizarre music video from a couple of years back. The new Netflix series does not look like a hot mess, however)

Some fans, though they’re glad that she’s in a better place, worry that Kendra is experiencing the calm before the storm.

It’s not uncommon for people to feel visceral relief upon signing divorce papers, only to learn that it’s just a brief intermission of peace before the divorce turns sour.

Let us all hope, for their sakes and for the sakes of their children, that Kendra and Hank can keep things amicable even as they begin to decide things like custody arrangements and division of property.

Together or apart, parents should always put the well-being of their children first.


Ryan Edwards to Mackenzie Standifer: I Want a Divorce!

When Ryan Edwards checked into rehab following his disastrous wedding to Mackenzie Standifer last year, fans were hopeful that the troubled Teen Mom OG star would finally be able to turn things around.

Sadly, Ryan's situation has deteriorated rapidly in recent months, and many viewers now find it impossible to sympathize with him at all.

In an emotional scene from last night's season finale, it was finally confirmed that Standifer is pregnant with the couple's first child together.

And Ryan's reaction to the news didn't win him many fans…

1. Major News

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Fans learned several weeks ago that Mackenzie is pregnant with Ryan’s baby, but it was only last night that the couple officially confirmed the news.

2. A Joyous Occasion?

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Ryan and Mackenzie headed to a doctor’s appointment together where they heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

3. Ryan’s Reaction

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Throughout the appointment Ryan sat with arms crossed, complaining that he’d like to go home and go to bed. Needless to say, Mackenzie was less than thrilled.

4. Jen and Larry Weigh In

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Edwards’ parents also had trouble mustering enthusiasm, but for a very different reason.

5. Telling It Like It Is

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Edwards’ famously permissive parents expressed concerns that it may not be the ideal time for Ryan to become a father again, due to his recent struggles with heroin and Xanax addiction. At the time they had no idea how right they were.

6. An Awkward Ride

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While Mackenzie drove home, Ryan fell asleep in the car, a scene that reminded many viewers of the couple’s unforgettable ride to the church for their first wedding. Fortunately, this time the unconscious Ryan wasn’t behind the wheel.

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