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Matt Lauer WILL Be Asked To Take Pay Cut If Today Show Ratings Continue To Decline

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Karma is quite the bitch!

After booting Ann Curry from the Today Show, NBC's #1 morning news programs CONTINUES to decline!

If Good Morning America keeps stealing more viewers through November, then Comcast will have to cut funding.

People have been wondering if Matt Lauer would take a pay cut from his ginormous $25 million salary to save staff jobs, but now another source has come forward and says that he will straight up be ASKED to do so.

The only way he can avoid the tough decision is if the show can "win the key November sweeps", which "dictate how much the networks can charge for advertising."

Someone close to the situation confirmed that Lauer may end up paying the price for the viewers lessening loyalty and explained:

"Comcast, which now owns NBC Universal, is going through the budgets of each show and right now, they are focusing on the news division. Matt's salary is the biggest part of the TODAY show's budget and with Good Morning America now routinely beating them, it's just hard to justify that salary. Matt is under contract so it will have to be a voluntary decision, but the argument will be made that if he doesn't agree to lose some of his salary then people's jobs will have to be cut. Bottom line is money will have to be saved somewhere and he will be asked to do the 'right thing' by his staff."

Just like Jay Leno did, we truly hope he does do the "right thing" and takes the cut.

Considering the network keeps shuffling around female personalities to suit him, Lauer might think that he IS the show and discount all of the hard work from everyone around him.

We truly hope that's not the case, but we've heard some things that might suggest otherwise…

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16 comments to “Matt Lauer WILL Be Asked To Take Pay Cut If Today Show Ratings Continue To Decline”

  1. fancypants66 says – reply to this


    If NBC was smart, they would just get rid of him altogether. No one likes him. No one wants to watch him. They need new talent. Enough said.

  2. 2

    down to zero would be about right…

  3. 3

    Watched GMA when my computer was broken, they have a good cast and show.

  4. jazzie says – reply to this


    Matt Lauer is THE reason I don't watch the show. The two most annoying people on TV are Matt Lauer and Katie Couric………period. Stop firing people to suit him, stop being a male chauvanist network and then maybe people will tune in again. He's past his cutie pie phase…….

  5. 5

    I DON'T WATCH the Today Show because of him…

  6. Ann says – reply to this


    Can't stand him. He needs to be replaced. I remember him even throwing Meredith under the bus in a magazine interview in the beginning when she 1st started on Today.

  7. 7

    hmm wonder who they would fire.. maybe he SHOULD stay on just to see how the run the lighting without any help

  8. 8

    NBC sucks. Their news division is a biased crap outfit and you can't trust a single story coming out of NBC news anymore. As for their programming, it is horrible!

    And the Today Show? IT SUCKS! They have screwed over so many of their Female talent what did they expect? Matt Lauer is just awful! Really, really awful. On their local news too NBC screws over so many anchors and reporters. NBC = NOTHING BUT CRAP!

  9. yup says – reply to this


    I hate this guy…his ugly face and hair…get lost. I DON'T watch the show because of this jerk…You are nothing Matt…just let the ladies run the show…so sick of men and their egos….

  10. Leslie says – reply to this


    How low does their viewership have to go before they boot his arrogant ass out the door?

  11. Ojsakila says – reply to this


    Matt lauer can suck it.

  12. Alba says – reply to this


    I was a loyal Today Show viewer until the brilliant producers of this show decided to give Palin a co-hosting gig!! I immediately checked out GMA that morning, refusing to watch any program that would give that bigoted woman a voice, and fell in love with the cast and the flow of the show! Shame on you , the Today Show, for grovelling in the muck for ratings!! Now tell me, how does the crap smell like?????

  13. 13

    Ok why is this dude so popular?! Is he even that well liked? He seems like an egotistical nightmare of a person. Get rid of him and bring on some nice people with a little humility!

  14. 14

    I really like GMA now and I'm very much rooting for Robin. She has class, soul, and kindness. I will continue to say it-I refuse to watch the show ever again until they get rid of him. He got way too big for his britches, AND got a big head. Replaced an amazing person with his girlfriend (wonder how much his wife is getting paid to stay with him until he loses the job?). There are THOUSANDS of GOOD reporters out there just itching for a job. Why not go with a better looking YOUNGER person who has some humility, class and more heart?

  15. john conners says – reply to this


    Fire the ugly troll with the big "Nose"…..aka Lauer. That dude just plain sucks.

  16. gracie says – reply to this


    Nbc let go the wrong person - Matt should have gone - he cannot report the news like Katie Couric or Ann Curry did - I do not watch anymore and I hope The Today Show becomes The Yesterday Show