In the wake of controversy surrounding the firing of Ann Curry, “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer has reportedly purchased a $1.4 million Hinckley T38 yacht and named it “Resilient.”
The yacht will reside in the Hamptons, near his $15 million mansion.
Lauer, 55, is an Internet sensation these days, as numerous Americans continue to take to the Web to voice their frustrations over his apparent feud with Curry.
It is not known exactly why Lauer has coined his yacht “Resilient.” However, it very well could coincide with his willingness to rise above his challenges and poor approval ratings. Others speculate the yacht’s name is linked to his marriage to Annette Roque, which nearly ended in 2006.
The couple has recently been working on their Hampton property, converting a part of its grounds into a horse farm — with 36 horse stalls and riding arena.
Lauer has publicly admitted awareness of America’s negativity toward him. In fact, at a recent Bloomberg Media Group event, he told the group that he was amazed he was invited to speak: “If you’ve been following the papers lately, you know its been a bit rough for me,” said Lauer. “These days, I only get asked to host dinners if polio is busy. I have a lower Q rating than polio right now.”
The Q score is a measure of likeability, often cited in the television industry.
Regardless of public opinion, his $25 million per year salary and hard-nosed dedication to his craft has afforded him the right to be “resilient.”
The following are photos of the “Today” star taking his first round of yachting courses and a shot of his Hampton estate: