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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.

Dec 29, 2012 4:06PM
Matt makes me miserable quit watching this show because of him and his ego
Dec 29, 2012 4:03PM

Get a clue NBC Executives...the people who were faithful to the Today Show want Ann Curry back!   Just read the comments here...

I, for one, have been VERY disappointed since Ann left the show.  I think Savannah Guthrie is awful!  Ann was hands-down the best commentator.  I stopped watching the show because I love Al, Willie and Natalie, but I am sorry, I can't stand Savannah Guthrie's voice.  It's like nails on a chalk board. Not to mention her hair... 
Matt should have stood-up for Ann but he was always rude to her...shame on you Matt.  You deserve to have people tell you what they think.  The NBC executives should take notice of what people want and truly enjoy.

Dec 29, 2012 3:51PM
Hey Matt Lauer- what goes around, comes around!  Everyone knows you jockeyed to get Ann Curry out of the" literal" picture, and replace her with Savannah Guthrie, who is a terrible interviewer.
 It's great that Today fans & ex-Today fans (like me) are holding you accountable.
  Karma? Yep, it sure is!
Dec 29, 2012 3:48PM
It is Karma, what goes around comes around. Ann Curry was professional on her job at the Today show, and she was a bit funny.
Dec 29, 2012 3:48PM
Shave that little bit of hair on his head and he would look the PENIS that he is.
Im not a fan of the Liberal media, but even though I disagree with many of those from CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC, I will say that there are at least some journalists, though I think they are incorrect on some issues, are respectable people... Matt isn't one of them
Dec 29, 2012 3:40PM
I dunno. I keep tuning in to the Today Show like I have for 30 years. Things don't seem the same right now, with Matt there off and on,  Savannah being kind of a ditz at times, Natalie in for eye candy and not really into it, and Al doing strange things and giving preference to weather on the East Coast. I think they have brought in Willie Geitz to eventually replace Matt anyhow. I do miss Ann, even tho her choice of wardrobe was questionable. Sometimes I switch to GMA and it seems more relevant, so eventually I may say Goodbye altogether.
Dec 29, 2012 1:41PM
KARMA KARMA KARMA, Savannah is no where near as good as Ann she seems like an air head.
Dec 29, 2012 1:35PM

It's Karma.  Ann Curry is a talented journalist and is dearly missed on Today.


Dec 29, 2012 1:35PM

The Gilded Cage

Light in eyes
face to lens,
dodging public mockery
invisible friends.
Others dirty laundry
reported on cue,
tables are turned
by ones own spew.
Million dollar salary
pent-up rage,
price one pays
for a gilded cage.
- Tom
Dec 29, 2012 1:29PM

Matt, man up and admit that you had Ann fired

Dec 29, 2012 1:27PM
The Today show is a soap opera filled with non descript people and BS.  The Today shows that follow are two old women whose careers are as dry as the wine they drink.  Give it up NBC, get new blood in there and bring back good mornings not boring chat and nonsense.
Dec 29, 2012 12:52PM

I no longer watch the program because I think Lauer is an overpaid egotistical, womanizing POS.

Dec 29, 2012 12:37PM
I think it is true. I miss Ann and after many years of watching Today, I no longer tune-in.
Dec 29, 2012 12:28PM
If it isn't true, why is Lauer not suing TMZ for reporting it and ruining his life?
Dec 29, 2012 12:24PM
The Today Show is not what it used to be. It has become a Variety Show, not News. They spend more time on what music is popular, what purse to buy and stuff like that than they do actual news.  I am sorry $60 dollar purses are not what the general public would call cheap anyways. They need to get back to the news! 

As for Ann I do miss seeing her there. True she was not very comfortable in that new spot she had not been there very long, and did not have a chance to settle into it. She deserved longer. She is amazing when she is in her element!

Dec 29, 2012 12:19PM
Dec 29, 2012 12:17PM

Ann Curry sucked as a reporter, her monotone voice, lack of original reporting, and alll of a sudden her miraculous #26 do good deeds crap, capitalizing off the murders of Newtown is a fake failure.  Ann Curry is terrible and needed to go no matter what Lauer said, and his performance is questionable too.

Ann Curry had to go, she is as big of a distraction of poor reporting as Robin Roberts from ABC.  Robin Roberts is a terrible reporter and uses her personal life to try to gain sympathy to make up for her terrible reporting.


Ann Curry needs to find work other than reporting, her delivery is terrible.

Dec 29, 2012 12:13PM

Ahh poor Matty doesn't like when the poop he shovels comes back to haunt him. Does he deserve his such a high salary for tweeking the truth to his own personal truths---no he does not.

Is he responsible for Ann's firing maybe but we will never know. He probably said some negative things about Ann, and felt envy and threatened that She was a better journalist and reporter than he will ever be.She was and is a reported and reported on the News objectively without tweeking it to a personal perspective.

Granted the Today show has been going down for a while---it lost it's focus and  became cutzie and an entertainment glub of personal opinions. Yet Curry kept her professionalism through it all while Matt has fallen into his own trap of arrogance and pompiousness!

Can Savanah replace ANN CURRY? Not at all as she cannot compare to Ann's professionalism. And wasn't Savanah a Legal Anaylist over that of a professional journalist?


The Today Show somehow warped into the Matt Lauer Show and that is their downfall. Matt was once a great journalist, but the fame and money went to his head and the Today Show suffered as a result!

Dec 29, 2012 12:12PM

Matt Lauer is an egotistical jerk and is not well liked. It has nothing to do with Ann Curry, its just his arrogant attitude that turns people off. I could think of better ways to waste 25 million dollars for sure!

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