A National Enquirer report states that Annette accused Lauer of cheating on her while he was in Vancouver covering the 2010 Winter Olympics. According to sources, the 52-year-old father of three moved out of the couple's home after an "explosive two-day fight" and his wife is no longer wearing her wedding ring.
The suspicions of infidelity reportedly arose after Lauer stood up his wife on Valentines Day and chose to remain in Vancouver for an extended period after production on the Olympics had wrapped, according to the New York Daily News, where he allegedly "caught the eye of two good-looking Canadian broadcasters."
Lauer's wife reportedly learned of him flirting with the two women from the wife of another "Today" show staffer.
The Enquirer's report also states that Annette's mother confirmed the fight and that Lauer had left the family apartment.
The couple briefly separated in 2006, when Annette, then pregnant with their third child, filed for divorce. She withdrew the divorce request one month later. The two are parents to Jack, 8, Romy, 6, and Thijs, 2.
A "Today" show insider told the Daily News that Lauer, who denied his wife's accusations, is trying to keep the split quiet because his bosses at NBC are pressuring him to maintain his "family man" image to appeal to his largely female audience.
"Matt is still very involved in his children's lives," the source added. "He goes to the family apartment after he finishes his 'Today' duties to see the kids - and picks them up from school. For their sake, he and Annette plan to continue getting together on weekends - and they'll go to their house in the Hamptons."