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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 6:24PM
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Ann Curry is terrible. She has "pressured speech" where she speaks too fast with no pauses.
Her best interview of. 16 year old survivor of a mass shooting in Norway:

Ann Curry: "Can you describe how you can be speaking with us given what you have witnessed?"

Survivor: "I don’t understand what I’ve been through. That’s why I’m so cold now. I guess the feelings will come later."

Ann Curry: "So you are in a state of shock, which is understandable."

Ann Curry’s thoughts: So I will take advantage of you

Dec 27, 2012 6:24PM
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Where's there's smoke .... there's fire .... Matt can deny all he likes .... Ann-Fans know the truth. she has quietly admitted the TMZ story was 99% accurate.

Dec 27, 2012 6:21PM
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25 million, really?  He ought to be paying them to be on Today!  He needs to go away, Far away from TV
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Matt,
  What goes around comes around.  Stopped watching NBC when Ann was removed so wrongly.  Savannah is ok but I loved Ann's quiet caring personality.  Matt should be ashamed of his unprofessional behavior.  I think people are tired of him.  He should go next. 
Dec 27, 2012 6:19PM
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His ego is over the top. I hope New Yorkers harrass the crap out of this puke.
Dec 27, 2012 6:19PM
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I agree with most of the comments on this.  The Today Show is old and stale.  I stopped watching as well.  I really like Al, but that's about it.  
Dec 27, 2012 6:19PM
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we want Anne back, Matt needs to go.
Dec 27, 2012 6:18PM
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Ann Curry was awful on Today.  Her being gone is the only reason I started watching it again.
Dec 27, 2012 6:16PM
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I have nothing bad to say about Matt. The few times i have watched him on television left me thinking he is a pud.
Dec 27, 2012 6:15PM
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Although I do not care for Matt Lauer, he does not have the Power to reassign Ann Curry  How do we know what happened.  It's all hearsay---Their ratings were falling, maybe she wanted more money in another updated Contract.  It is the People at the Top of NBC who had her reassigned.  They are in Charge--Matt is their "Employee".  Just possibly Ann Curry was not dynamic enough to catch the viewers attention.  Now maybe they will "work" on Matt Lauer.  This Business is a day to day job---with lots of hard knocks.

Dec 27, 2012 6:15PM
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#20ActsofKindness - you think NBC came up with that? Nope Ann Curry - you think Matt wishes she had? No way it only proved just how misguided TV shows get when they are only in it for the ratings. Want to know why the shows stinks? To much estrogen. Get RID of Jenna Wolfe - she is not funny/talented/or a reporter. The chick who currently does the news Menendez? - ICK she is horrible and the attempts to get in front of the camera do not go unnoticed. She is always looking to "see" where the camera is looking and get in on the shot - horrible. If you are going to be called a news show ACT like one - forget about "interviewing" every tom, dick & harry  just because they have a movie coming out. The number one reason why it has plummeted QUIT PANDERING TO THE DEMOCRATES - the majority of your audience is in the midwest not NY. Don't make the news just report it.
Dec 27, 2012 6:15PM
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Well if he did'nt have anything to do with Ann Curry leaving , then why did she leave ? She has a large Fan base. She didnot  get rid of herself, Matt knows he had a hand in getting of Ann Curry so Matt don't cry now.
Dec 27, 2012 6:15PM
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Could be Matt is "tappin'"  Guthrie...??  And he had NO interest in Ann Currie...??  If that's the case.....Ann is a very nice person......and shame on Lauer.  Makes NO difference to me.....I DON'T watch NBC any more since they made the switch.......Curie got a "bum" deal.....!!!
Dec 27, 2012 6:15PM
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Matt is a big joke. He surly is not worth 25 million dollars. But there is no one that does the same job as he

that should be paid such a crazy salary either. I fell really bad for Ann and after he did what he did to her

I will never watch the today show on a weekday when he is hosting it. I only now watch the today show on the

weekends now with Lester Holt. Lester is real professional and Matt should take a few lessons' from him.

everyone out there should be boycotting the today show when Matt is on it.

 

Dec 27, 2012 6:15PM
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I have watched the Today show since I was a child.  When Ann Curry was dismissed so disrespectfully, I switched to GMA.  It is quite enjoyable.  I will never go back to Today.
Dec 27, 2012 6:12PM
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Of course n ot.  Matt Lauer needs to go away.  He makes too much money.  He isn't worth it and NEVER WAS!  He's as bad as Bryant.  They both are too full of themselves.  It's a TV show.  They're not God.  Ann was a great person, first and an excellent reporter and we liked her.  But who are we, hmmmm, the viewers?   The idiot producer was as much to blame as Matt but he's gone but Matt's still there.

 

 

 

 

Dec 27, 2012 6:10PM
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When Ann was shoved out I was upset, but after watching the show for a month or so....it looked as though Al was going to be the next person Matt was going to run off. I quit watching Today, and went to Good Morning America. They seem to be a whole lot less full of themselves and the show is a whole lot more fun to watch. As long as Matt Lauer is a part of the Today show I will not be watching. I also think Savannah is just a puppet for Matt! She really stinks!
Dec 27, 2012 6:08PM
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I started watching GMA  after Ann Curry got the shaft.
What a nice group of people who are very comfortable together. They genuinely like each other, and it shows.
No phoniness like the today show has.
Dec 27, 2012 6:07PM
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lauer is a stuck up pompous jerk! I believe he did get Ann Curry fired! and if he is miserable then it's deservingly so!
Dec 27, 2012 6:05PM
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Matt Lauer is a great person and is being unjustly harassed. Stay strong Mr. Lauer, do not let them get you down!!!!!
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