Matt Lauer Continues Wearing Wedding Ring Despite Rumors (Photo)

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Despite reports that Matt Lauer and his wife married for the sake of his reputation and are living separately, the fired NBC "Today" host is still wearing his wedding ring.

On Dec. 4, Lauer was spotted wearing the band while driving his 11-year-old son, Thijs, to school in the Hamptons in New York, reports Page Six.

Thijs sat in the front passenger seat of Lauer's gray Jeep Wrangler, while the disgraced reporter spoke on his cell phone -- while driving -- before picking up the boy's friend and dropping them both off at school.

Lauer was fired on Nov. 29 amid allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct at work. He has since apologized.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," Lauer said in a statement at the time. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC."

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Annette Roque, Lauer's wife with whom he has three children, has reportedly been living in her hometown in the Netherlands since the scandal broke, though rumor has it that the pair has lived in separate homes during the week for the last 10 years.

"They play happy families at their Hamptons home on weekends, and then she lets him run off to New York to do 'Today' -- and goodness knows what else," an anonymous source told RadarOnline in September, notes PageSix.

Roque and Lauer married in 1998, around the same time that NBC executives reportedly were pressuring him to settle down in order to remain popular with the primarily female "Today" viewers.

In 2006, the couple separated -- rumor has it that they fought after Roque learned of Lauer's alleged affair with "Today" correspondent Natalie Morales. Roque filed for divorce, citing what the document listed as "extremely controlling," "cruel and inhumane" behavior, but she withdrew the request three weeks later, just before giving birth to Thijs.

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"Matt needed to stay in the marriage to keep his reputation as America's nicest dad," said a source. "He is in fact a … very doting dad to his kids, but he is also a terrible husband."

A source who worked with Lauer for many years told People that the 59-year-old is not likely to return to broadcasting, even if the scandal blows over.

"I think he'll retire," the source explained. "He should anyway. He had made his money and said all he wanted to do is be with the kids and golf. … This is definitely not the way he wanted to go out, but I don’t think he feels the need to be on air like some people, doing specials. I think he'll have a quiet life and go golfing a ton."

Sources: Page Six (2), People / Featured Image: Jeff Belmonte/Flickr / Embedded Images: John Roca/Page Six, David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons

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