Matt Lauer Catches Heat for Planting Trees

Usually it is people that are cutting down trees that get flack.

But, Today Show host Matt Lauer is getting heat for planting trees on his own property. 

One of Lauer's  Hampton neighbors is furious with the morning Anchor because, he claims, Lauer’s blocking his view — of Lauer’s property!

Welcome to the Hamptons my friends. 

Page Six says that Jack Wasserman fired off a legal letter this week to the “Today” host and his lawyers to complain about a plan by Lauer and his wife to plant trees on their own 40-acre Bright Side Farm.

Wasserman claims that Lauer plans to plant trees “along the northerly boundary of the farm property, with the vast majority being planted along the perimeter of Jack and Jodi Wasserman’s property, which currently has unobstructed views of the Farm.”

The neighbor adds, “The proposed trees would obliterate the Wassermans’ views of the Farm,” and he also claims the landscaping would violate Southampton Planning Board restrictions.

But sources close to the Lauers said the plan to plant the trees was made with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets as a safety precaution for their horse farm, which includes stalls for 36 horses and 16 paddocks.

“The Lauers were informed that the trees should be planted for the safety of horses and people,” said a source. “Planting trees creates safety for horses because they can get easily spooked” by the road or activity in people’s pools. “The state and the town all agreed. The agency felt like the trees should be planted for safety. Everything is completely by the books.” The source also disputed the number of trees cited by Wasserman.

If this Jack Wasserman needs some REAL problems to worry about, we would be more than happy to give him some of ours.