Matt Lauer has been largely blamed for Ann Curry's firing and the Today Show's bad ratings, but now sources are singing a different tune.
Since it's been revealed that executive producer Jim Bell is the person responsible for getting rid of Curry, "the cast and crew have rallied around Matt."
A source has come forward to explain the shift in his popularity on set and said:
"The cast and crew have rallied around Matt and feel that he has been unfairly blamed for Ann's firing. Jim Bell, the executive producer, actually made the decision that Ann had to go, not Matt."
The whole situation that lead to Savannah Guthrie becoming Matt's co-anchor "wasn't handled well at all" so now everyone is moving forward and focusing on getting "back on top" of Good Morning America in the ratings.
The source continued to assert that Lauer "has been unfairly blamed" for a situation out of his control and added:
"If Matt was such a tyrant to be around, why has he had the same assistant for over 15 years? Bryant went through a slew of assistants during his time at NBC and Matt has only had one during his tenure. A majority of the producers have also been on the staff for a number of years — if Matt was so horrible to be around, why isn't there a revolving door of exits?"
Regardless of how various people feel, at least everyone working on the show is back on the same page and ready to move forward as a united team.
U think this new acceptance of Lauer will help Today bounce back from second place in the ratings?
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