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Matt Lauer's ex-wife defends him '100 percent'

Matt Lauer's first wife has spoken out to say that she supports the disgraced former Today Show host and say that some of the sexual misconduct claims against him might not be true. 

'I give him my support, 100 percent,' Nancy Alspaugh told ET. 'I was shocked because he's such a stalwart at that network and in that job.'

Alspaugh was married to Lauer from 1981 to 1998, and referred to her ex-husband as 'the best person that's ever held that job.' Though they parted ways in their marriage, she said the pair have stayed amicable and that she still has a close relationship with his mother and sister. 

She said she can't imagine that 'anything he would have done - that would be so out of character for him - that would have caused that reaction.'

Matt Lauer's first wife has spoken out to say that she supports the disgraced former Today Show host and say that some of the sexual misconduct claims against him might not be true

'I give him my support, 100 percent,' Nancy Alspaugh told ET

Matt Lauer's first wife Nancy Alspaugh (pictured right) told ET that the ousted Today Show host has her '100 percent support'

Alspaugh was married to Lauer from 1981 to 1998, and referred to her ex-husband as 'the best person that's ever held that job.' Though they parted ways in their marriage, she said the pair have stayed amicable and that she still has a close relationship with his mother and sister

Alspaugh was married to Lauer from 1981 to 1998, and referred to her ex-husband as 'the best person that's ever held that job.' Though they parted ways in their marriage, she said the pair have stayed amicable and that she still has a close relationship with his mother and sister

The 62-year-old described Lauer as 'incredibly nice, incredibly charming and incredibly willing to help anybody.'

She said that she didn't see him as the type of person who could 'abuse his position in any way.' 

And that's what she says is so shocking about the new allegations against Lauer.  

On Wednesday morning, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced on the Today Show that their co-host had been fired from his $25-million-a-year position at NBC after a 24-hour investigation.

The woman, who hasn't been named, told NBC bosses on Monday that Lauer had sexually harassed her while they were covering the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Alspaugh said these allegations are shocking to anyone who knows Lauer. 

'I want to get out the fact that he made a contribution to my nonprofit, that he helped me when my husband died,' she told the outlet, referring to him as selfless. 

Alspaugh said these allegations are shocking to anyone who knows Lauer (pictured on November 16). She also questioned the legitimacy of some of the claims against him, saying that 'some of the things that are being stated may not be true'

Alspaugh said these allegations are shocking to anyone who knows Lauer (pictured on November 16). She also questioned the legitimacy of some of the claims against him, saying that 'some of the things that are being stated may not be true'

On Wednesday morning, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced on the Today Show that their co-host had been fired from his $25-million-a-year position at NBC after a 24-hour investigation. Pictured left to right are Al Roker, Guthrie, Lauer and Kotb on Monday November 27

On Wednesday morning, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announced on the Today Show that their co-host had been fired from his $25-million-a-year position at NBC after a 24-hour investigation. Pictured left to right are Al Roker, Guthrie, Lauer and Kotb on Monday November 27

She also questioned the legitimacy of some of the claims against him, saying that 'some of the things that are being stated may not be true.' 

'We have to find that out, you know? As time goes on here, people should be aware there’s a family involved here.'

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