Report: Matt Lauer a public target
'Today' co-host said to be 'miserable' over Ann Curry fan tirades
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.)
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.
Not a Guthrie fan at all..Ann is sweet and was clearly not comfortable being beside Matt..It's hard to do your job correctly when you know how the person sitting beside you feels about you..What? She became not popular because she didn't act stupid or make enough jokes..No she is not Meredith or Katie..just Ann..I haven't watched the Today Show since and watched for years..NBC acts like it doesn't want loyal viewers..even with the evening shows, when you get hooked, they just up and cancel..they have done that many times to me..they don't even give shows a chance..don't even tune in to any new shows anymore..every show that holds my interest I know they'll cancel..not loyal to NBC anymore..
Some of the hatred has to do with the fact that he had an affair with his cohost some years ago. Then he had Curry ousted so he could get his ex-mistress the spot.
Love Ann Curry, Love Matt, Love Savannah. Everyone on the Today show has contributed in different ways. Times are changing, news reporting is changing. People are meant to be in different positions for different reasons at different times. No one is malicious here. All things are done for good reasons.
Ann Curry is wonderful in her own right. However, as a fan of Ann and a fan of the Today Show, she just didn't fit on the anchor couch. her interviews were stiff and awkward and she did not have good chemistry with her co-hosts.
Ann is great in many things that she does. But this isn't Matt's or anyone else's fault. She just did not work well on the Today Show couch.
Since Ann is missing from the morning show, I now watch CBS. She is my all time favorite and miss her. If Matt is responsible for her leaving, he will just have to take it and perhaps there is some way he can undo the harm done. Whenever my husband and I see Ann reporting, our first comment "there's Ann"! Shame on NBC for the way she was let go on her last day.