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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
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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.

902Comments
Dec 27, 2012 4:22PM
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SHAKE IT OFF MATT! These haters are moveing to another channel(SO THEY SAY,LOL)BUT as it would be they sure know an awful lot for dippy doos that "NEVER" watch??LOL!!ROCK ON MATT! Ignore the haters! Everyone else does!

 

Dec 27, 2012 4:22PM
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For $25 million a year, so what, who cares if Matt is unhappy.  Rich people make me tired sometimes.   I get unhappy because the working poor cannot afford new tires for their cars, the dentist, FOOD!!! 

Dec 27, 2012 4:21PM
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Stopped watching the show when all this happened...I do think Matt gave an ultimatum to NBC to get rid of Ann, sorta like the Jane Pauley thing way back when...people who are "struck on themselves" will stab anyone in the back to get what they want.
Dec 27, 2012 4:21PM
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It's Karma!!!!! Matt thinks he all that and more and not worth all the millions he gets. NO ONE is worth that much money!!!!!

 

Dec 27, 2012 4:21PM
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Don't like Matt, switched to GMA long ago.  Love GMA and group they have on that show.

Ann was a nice lady and I think she took the hit.....well they should give Matt the hook too.

Old and tired show needs to change format and folks.  Get a new weather man too.

Dec 27, 2012 4:21PM
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25 million salary?  I don't feel sorry for him. Karma
Dec 27, 2012 4:20PM
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No one person is worth $25 million, fire him and reallocate the resources.
Dec 27, 2012 4:20PM
Dec 27, 2012 4:18PM
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i watch gma in the mornings. it's light fare , i get some news and i like the hosts. just like someone else said on here...they all get along.i never cared for george in the past but he actually does pretty well on gma and adds to the show in a sometimes serious way and sometimes lightly. matt sounds like he has some sand in his gina and is getitng karma for being a 25 million dollar backstabber.i've worked with strokes of his ilk before in the past.f- lauer.time to sell your benzos and mansions now before you get s-canned matt.

Dec 27, 2012 4:17PM
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Poor baby.  I bet it's especially rough on him during the limo ride home to the mansion.
Dec 27, 2012 4:16PM
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He's upset that people are calling him out for being an a$$hole, he's not at all sorry for BEING an a$$hole.
Dec 27, 2012 4:15PM
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I completely believe he used his influence to remove Ann Curry........and I have always thought that HE is the cause of a loss in RATINGS.........I think people have started to watch George Stephonopolis, instead if HIM!!!!!!!
Dec 27, 2012 4:14PM
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I no longer watch the Today Show.  Since you continue to employ Mr. ego and that Savana chick, we will not watch the Today Show until you bring Ann Curry back.
Dec 27, 2012 4:13PM
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Matt Liar should feel depressed. His monumental ego cost a lovely lady something she was very good at, better than Liar.
Dec 27, 2012 4:13PM
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 Ann always had the same sorrowful (fake) look on her face whenever their was a sad story being reported or whenever she was interviewing someone that was upset or had a sad story to tell.  I never understood why they gave her the cohosting job.  Natalie Morales would have been a must better fit.

Dec 27, 2012 4:13PM
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Well, Matt took care of #1 .... Matt. 

 

By why should I care anymore.  1st Ann and then Jena, I switched to GMA a while ago

Dec 27, 2012 4:12PM
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I started watching GMA right after and never looked back. I didn't like the whole way the execs treated Ann but also, Matt didn't seem to bring anything to Ann's defense either.  It was totally botched. The show is stale, I tried maybe twice to watch but Savannah is like just a girl with a big toothy grin and maybe a few credible quips but so what?  She doesn't have the warmth and compassion Ann did.  If anything, Natalie woulda been my thought as the next logical co-host.  They [execs] make no sense, no loyalty, no sense of what those who watched the show all their lives [I did for over 50 years] and I don't miss it one iota.  I *mourn* the Today show and what it was, what it stood for, and for always being that 'friend' in the morning you could trust.  But that trust was certainly busted in July.  Poor Matt, karma is a bitch, isn't it?
Dec 27, 2012 4:11PM
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I don't believe NBC or Lauer concerning his involvement with Currie's firing. We also have not watched the week-day editions of the Today show since her last day; GMA has better programing.
Dec 27, 2012 4:11PM
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Ann is a great reporter but Matt shouldn't be blamed.  They never really "clicked" and so it's no wonder she was replaced.  Matt is not a "loser".  We all know it's about ratings and if they aren't there, the network does something to change it. 
Dec 27, 2012 4:11PM
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Matt needs to leave he should have started his own show with Katie
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