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.
Ann was a bad fit for head anchor and it was evident from the start. You could tell she was trying to focus on what she was going to say next rather than listening to the person she was interviewing. Her wardrobe was a hot mess. Savanah is better but still not the right fit. Natalie Morales would have been the best pick. The female anchor has to come off as extremely confident (even if she isn't).
Something is definitely off on the Today show. No one seems happy. Maybe Matt is
experiencing some karma if he really said those things that have been reported. Maybe they should have cleaned house instead of targeting one member of the cast. Aside from Matt's obvious discomfort, Savannah Gurthrie seems to be the most out of place. I, too, have tried to watch but end up turning away.
Seems NBC Today show execs are trying for a ... younger demographic. Well ... sometimes the wisdom lies with the experienced, seasoned anchors.
Sorry, but I have been watching Today in the morning since Jane and Tom were anchors. They were serious and professional journalists. There were very few 'entertainment tonight' segments.
The Today show execs need to rethink that 'new, younger' demographic and get back to serious reporting of news around the world. The reason I watch news shows in the morning is because I want to know what is currently happening around the world and NOT what the latest YouTube sensation is!
I find myself going to the Good Morning America show where the anchors are people I can relate to and news anchors that report more than the lates nail polish colors!
Sorry, but the Today show is seriously out of touch with the audience they once had and it shows in the low ratings. Wake up and make the necessary changes and ... bring Ann Curry back along with serious anchors that bring experience and journalistic professionalism, if you want the audience you once had.
Al Roker needs to be replaced as he is too much of a goofball to watch in the morning.