FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, during an appearance on âMornings with Maria,â discussed the potential financial fallout from the firing of NBC âTodayâ show host Matt Lauer over âinappropriate behavior.â
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Lauer, who has been a host on âTodayâ since 1997 inked a two-year $20 million contract extension with NBC in 2017, but according to Judge Napolitano, if there is a termination for clause, âtheoreticallyâ NBC would not be obliged to pay him.
âNBC would owe him nothing and they would be exercising an option given to them under the contract,â Napolitano told FOX Business Networkâs Maria Bartiromo.
He also added that while there are many ways for Lauerâs legal team to challenge this, he may be out of luck if they ask for a buyout.
âIf NBC really wants to send a message to itsâ employees and to the world obviously, on this particular issue, they may say 'weâre not buying out at all, this is for clause,'â Napolitano said.