"Who wants to pay some sort of money to sleep in the same bedroom as creepy Matt Lauer? Yes, the property, Strongheart Manor, is magnificent, but even with that fancy name, everyone knows it as Matt Lauer’s house," a local exclusively tells OK!.
"Matt is toxic and the sort of people that can afford this place do not want to be associated with him. Can you imagine what went on with that house when his wife was away? His best bet is to pull it down and sell the amazing land that it is situated on. Who wants to have cocktails in the living room, dinner in the dining room or sleep in the bedroom that once belonged to Matt Lauer?" the insider asks.
Before Lauer, actor Richard Gere owned the 6.3-acre estate, which is located on Actors Colony Road in an enclave north of Sag Harbor. The television personality bought the massive Hamptons mansion for $36.5 million in June 2016 after Gere dropped the price from a whopping $65 million.
The completely renovated home — which was built in 1902 — includes two guest houses, 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and is over 14,000 square feet. Not to mention, there's plenty of amenities, including a pond with a bridge, a basketball court, a tea house, a gym, a library, and an art studio.
The NBC personality was fired in 2017 following "inappropriate sexual conduct." Since then, Lauer has resided in the out east, but it seems like his social life has gone downhill real fast. "The Hamptons has turned their back on Matt. He is no longer invited to the fancy parties and events. Even his friends and Hampton locals Billy Joel and Howard Stern have disassociated themselves from the disgraced newsman," the insider adds.
"Matt needs the money. He is still living like he is making $20 million a year from the TODAY show. His lifestyle hasn’t changed at all, when his income has gone from millions to zero," the source dishes. "Plus, he is going to have to give his ex-wife half. He hasn’t told anyone where he plans to move, but most think he will leave the country, giving a new meaning to his famous phrase, 'where in the world is Matt Lauer?'"