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Report: Matt Lauer a public target

'Today' co-host said to be 'miserable' over Ann Curry fan tirades

By Corey Levitan Dec 27, 2012 10:19AM


According to TMZ, "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer is "freaked out" and "miserable" over tirades screamed at him by New Yorkers on a daily basis.

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One of the most popular: "You got Ann fired. Does that make you happy?" 

Lauer went from good guy to bad overnight in June, after TMZ reported he had maneuvered to oust Ann Curry as his co-host as part of his last contract negotiation. (NBC execs have publicly denied any connection between Lauer and what they term Curry's "reassignment" to reporter for "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" and other NBC news programs. Curry was replaced by Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show.)


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The TMZ report quotes unnamed NBC sources saying the public harassment is "driving (Lauer) crazy, he's so unhappy." The report adds:  “Matt is telling people at NBC there have also been lots of sarcastic comments about his $25 million salary."

Do you think Matt is being unfairly abused, or is this karma?


"Today" airs weekdays at 7 a.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Jan 10, 2013 8:46AM

My second attempt to post this... I think Matt Lauer is the one who stands out as the serious journalist and feel his interviews are very well done. The public needs to stop blaming Matt. She is back in her realm now as a serious traveling journalist. On the 'Today' show she worked so hard to get the first/last comments in, frequently interrupting everyone.

Matt is great at what he does and it is time for him to be recognized.

Jan 8, 2013 3:21AM
Lauer has never been more than a high-priced clothes-horse, a pretty boy, a human replacement for J. Fred Muggs, and NBC has never been serious about journalism. The American public deserves better than "Romper Room" for grown-ups in the morning.
Jan 7, 2013 5:35PM
I used to love the Today show and watched it daily--NO more--it all fluff, hardly anything news worthy. I have switched to CBS or FOX.  Charlie Rose does some decent interviews and FOX 
is great at telling me news I want to hear, 
Jan 7, 2013 10:17AM

 I have no idea whether Matt had anything to do with Ann's being displaced.

 But, I stopped watching the Today Show and nearly anything on NBC after that happened.

I hated Lauer way before he did what he did to Ann Curry. He would always bully the ppl he interviewed and, that p*ssed me off. Now, I'm glad to see he's getting what he has deserved for yrs.!
Jan 5, 2013 6:01PM

There is a saying the old people say------ Careful what you wish for???? I like Mat but he and his co-workers should of gave Ann Curry a  chance to prove herself to see if the job was the right thing for her??


Jan 4, 2013 4:51PM
It is time for Matt L.  to retire and go far, far away from cameras.  I believe he is a bully. Many years ago I watched the Today show but Matt drove me nuts and on occasion made me angry so I switched to ABC and watched Good Morning America which is an upbeat and fun show to watch. I won't ever be a Today watcher again. 
Jan 3, 2013 1:27PM
I won't watch Today, or NBC at all cuz of douchebags like this guy. If this is the type of character NBC wants on the air, no need to tune in.
Jan 2, 2013 8:31PM

I grew up watching the today show for a perspective on pertinent news...It's current format resembles reality TV. If that's where we are headed... I'll read a book.

Jan 2, 2013 8:03PM
Matt--Just another Bald Guy! Yuck! GMC Rocks. ST
Jan 2, 2013 3:08PM
No, I think he had a BIG say in the show getting Ann off the show. I think they couldn't controll her so they did the next big thing in replacing her with Savannah. 
Jan 2, 2013 1:58PM
I'm still trying to figure out WTH happened on the weekend with Jenna!  That was a huge dis. Miss the old Today show tremendously.  Hello GMA!  Been watching lately!  Karma's a you-know-what.  Someone please tell Al to stop.
Jan 2, 2013 12:22PM
First Ann Curry, now Jenna Wolfe got dissed too.   No wonder other quaility people like Campbell Brown, Soledad O'Brien, and Amy Robach all saw the company culture take a nose dive and got the hell out of there.  Whoever is in mgmt at NBC Today Show needs to start using their head for more than just a hat-rack.
Jan 2, 2013 11:21AM
I didn't like Matt BEFORE the horrible way the Today show treated Ann........practically a Broadway farewell for Meridith....when she'd been there 5 years AND didn't like it and didn't do a good job.....and Ann gets the rug pulled out from under her?  What's happening to Matt Lauer is karma........I turned the Today show out after Ann left...........miss Al, that's about it..........Sincerely hope Ann goes to CNN!!
Dec 31, 2012 7:50AM
Although I don't really know the reason for the squabble between Ann and Matt- Ann Curry can be overwhelming and intrusive,.  She wants to be involved in every comment and rides on everyone's coat tails.  She appears to be very controlling.  As for Mat, I believe he is excellent in what he does, he has class, and he is THE SHOW.. 
Dec 30, 2012 11:21PM
I like Ann, don't like Matt, no longer watch the show once Ann left. Matt can whine all he wants,  I'll be happy to give him some cheese to go with it.
Dec 30, 2012 1:13PM
I stopped watching the Today Show shortly are Katie Couric left. Ann should have been her replacement in my opinion. I came back after Ann was named but now I'm a lost viewer forever. I'm so disappointed in Matt. The show has lost its Today Show family feel. 
Dec 30, 2012 8:42AM

Poor Baby, I guess NBC is trying to rehab Lauer's image. No sympathy here!

Dec 30, 2012 8:37AM
Lauer is the bad guy here. Deborah Norville is the one who got the raw deal years ago. She was then replaced by the staunch leftist Couric.
Dec 29, 2012 11:57PM
Matt Lauer needs to go join Bryant Gumbel and co-host the morning show on Pathetic Loser Island.  Im glad its coming back at GMA!!!
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