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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 29, 2012 12:06PM
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Today used to be my morning news of choice but not for  a while. Just not well put together segments, involved newscasters (including Lauer) or up-to-date reports.
Dec 29, 2012 11:54AM
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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).

 

Dec 29, 2012 11:21AM
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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.

Dec 29, 2012 11:16AM
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I have always been a big FAN of GMA. Matt is an egotistical ****. He is nothing to look at and after they got rid of Ann, well, all respect was lost for that entire show. The amount of money he makes is just hysterical. When there are so many anchors that are 100% better than Matt, he should be paid the lowest.  What a JOKE this entire Today show is. Fire that idiot and get someone new.
Dec 29, 2012 10:06AM
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I was never a fan of the "Today" show.  I've think the chemistry between Robin Roberts and George S. is fantastic.  The work sooooooooooooooo well together because neither one has a swollen head like Matt.  Who does he think he is on pushing Ann Curry out of her job?  He did it and he knows he did it and it's time for people behind the scenes to stop lying for him. He is and Bryan Gumble of two "cheaters" who think they are all that plus a bag of chips.  I have seen Matt Lauer in a few interviews over the years and I think he comes across as a "smirking condescending interviewer" and he only has that job because a "higher up" is a fan of his. Gee, I wonder what happens if that "higher up" fan moves on and someone comes in who is not a fan of his.  Yes, he deserves to be treated in the same fashion that he treated Ann Curry.  All people can't be perky like Katie Couric and Meredith Vierra.  EVeryone has different personalities.  If Today's ratings were down, don't blame it on Ann Curry - give credit where it belongs - GOOD MORNING AMERICA IS  A MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCH MORE ENJOYABLE MORNING SHOW.  The entire panel (i.e. Sam C., Josh and the other females) has the best chemistry.
Dec 29, 2012 8:29AM
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Guilty conscience Matt, starting to haunt the mind. Guess next time you better think before opening your mouth,  You deserve all the comment thrown at you, live with it,
Dec 29, 2012 8:05AM
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Matt Lauer is a total D-Bag. Period.
Dec 29, 2012 6:55AM
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Poor Matt, Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, think I'll go eat worms.  What a cry baby, got news for you progressive socialist not everyone likes everyone in this world.  Get over yourself.
Dec 29, 2012 1:16AM
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Ann was always over her head from day one...she looked like "an unmade bed" most of the time and when interviewing, the voice and facial expressions she made while  trying to express sympathy was to much....Al Roker is a joke as a weather reporter...someone should tell him that there is more to the country than the east coast....his comment to Matt during the Olympics about "they just throw their people under the bus" was uncalled for... .I quit watching the Today show during the Presidential  campaigns as they were so blatantly bias....reporters are supposed to be, and give, impartial reporting.....After watching during the days of Bryant Gumble and Katie (yuk) I have changed to GMA for some professional reporting.
Dec 28, 2012 11:49PM
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Switched to GMA since Ann left. The TODAY show was already too tarty. I like more serious morning news and less Kardashian, Reality TV stars. Ann is better at more serious reporting but they handled it bad. Never watched Savannah G.
Dec 28, 2012 11:31PM
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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. 

 

Dec 28, 2012 10:51PM
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I agree with Jaycee17.  Ann was probably not meant to do something like host the Today show.  But they did her wrong and I think Matt was behind it.  It was making him look bad so he covered his tail.  I only watch the Today show because I like Al Roker.  He's the best one on there!
Dec 28, 2012 10:44PM
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Hey Matt, with all that money you should not be upset...UNLESS... you KNOW you ARE a pile a SHlT...Your unhappy because you know very well you are 100% BULLSHlT America does NOT need.

So Matt... be a man, take those greedy earned dollars, off Americans backs, and wallo in them.... you must be PROUD how you made them. 

As you may note Americans sure are proud of you huh????? ROFLMAO

PS: I love when mass media tabloid shills crash and burn hard... GO MATT GO...the flames are just starting!
Dec 28, 2012 10:40PM
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I think Matt Lauer does a great job, Savannah Guthrie is 10 times the host that Ann Curry is.  Sorry, Ann Curry should never have been put in that position.  It was just a bad business decision.  It was really difficult for me to watch her after Meredith Viera left.  Who cares how much money Matt Lauer makes?  When you see how so many celebrities and sports stars are paid HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY why are you people going crazy over what Matt Lauer makes?  Plus the ridiculous comment about Jay Leno was just idiotic.
Dec 28, 2012 10:21PM
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I was a huge Today Show fan...even took my family to see a live taping while in NYC.  But when Ann left, and so coldly, I left too.  I haven't looked back, and I'm very pleased with the positive energy that GMA presents.  I'm a new fan!  Sorry Matt, but you should be ashamed of yourself.  Man up.  We all make choices in life...now you need to live with them.
Dec 28, 2012 10:10PM
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The Today Show is horrible period. And nobody on that show should be getting $25 million...
Dec 28, 2012 9:53PM
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Matt's comment about how? the public venting their anger deeply affects him is all bull. Matt, Jay Leno are sociopaths who don't mind throwing people under the bus to make a quick buck. No one is worth that kind of money. Hope he feels the pain in the form of taxes that he will be facing in 2013.
Dec 28, 2012 8:25PM
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Looking at Matt Lauer makes ME miserable. I won't watch the show as long as he is on it.
Dec 28, 2012 7:48PM
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I BELIEVE THAT MATT IS WAAAAY PAID OVER! THEY NEED TO FIRE HIM JUST LIKE HE DID TO ANN CURRY. KARMA IS A BITCH HUH MATT!! YOU ARE NOT EVEN WORTH THE 25 MILLION. FIRST YOU WANTED TO RETIRE BUT KNOWING THAT A 'YOUNGER' NICE LOOKING GUY WAS GOING TO TAKE OVER YOU DECIDED NOT TO RETIRE. SO PLEASE RETIRE CAUSE YOU ALWAYS HAVE AN ATTITUDE WHEN A 'DEMOCRATE' COMES ON YOUR SHOW YOU REALLY MAKE AN EFFORT TO PUT THEM DOWN AND MAKE YOUR SELF LOOK GOOD. HOW DOES HAVING NO HAIR AND A WEASEL LOOKING FACE MAKE YOU LOOK BETTER THAN AN DEMOCRATE? I STOPPED WATCHING YOU YEARS AGO WHEN YOU 'THINK' YOUR BETTER THAN A DEMOCRATE. YOU REALLY LOOKED RIDICULOUS WHEN YOU DID AN INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. PUTTING HIM DOWN AND ACTING LIKE HE WAS A WASTE OF TIME FOR YOU. YOU SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR THAT. YOU SHOULD NEVER TREAT ANY KIND OF PRESIDENT WITH SUCH  LOW CLASS LIKE YOU DID. HAVE SOME RESPECT. PLEASE LEAVE!! LEAVE THE SHOW SO WE CAN GET ANN BACK. SHE IS MUCH MORE BETTER LOOKING THAN YOU AND TOP IT OFF SHE HAS HAIR!! YOU ARE WAAAAY TOO OLD AND HAVE NO CLASS OR RESPECT!!!!!!!!
Dec 28, 2012 7:39PM
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WHO IS SAVANNAH GUTHRIE? NOT THAT I CARE... I AM A GMA WATCHER... BUT I LOVED ANN, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO PUT UP WITH HIM. THIS SAVANNAH, IS SHE ANY RELATION TO ARLO???
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