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Matt Lauer SPEAKS About Ann Curry's Today Show Firing! Was He Responsible?!

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It's no secret that The Today Show has pretty much been a disaster, behind-the-scenes and in the ratings alike, since Ann Curry was controversially sacked from the position of co-anchor last June, but finally, after all these months, Matt Lauer, otherwise known as the man long-rumored to be behind the decision to show her the door is speaking out about the entire ordeal!

And get this!

He's even admitting that it was all grossly mishandled!

However, don't get it twisted! He's not saying he was the one pushing for Curry's exit!

In fact, he was apparently even willing to resign, if NBC executives thought it would mean improvements in the ratings!

As he explains:

"It was a hard time for everybody. We were getting kicked around a lot. Some of it was self-inflicted and perhaps deserved. I don't think the show and the network handled the transition well. You don't have to be Einstein to know that. We were seen as a family, and we didn't handle a family matter well. I’m not going to whine or get depressed. Who’s going to feel sorry for me? Nobody. I am the luckiest guy I know. In some ways being No. 2 in the ratings is a real shot in the arm, a kick in the pants. It makes you hungrier … I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have a fire lit under your ass…We're choosing more inspiring stories. It's a much more positive show, a more uplifting show. Much of the darkness is gone, by design."

And former NBC News President Steve Capus agrees:

“When Matt was informed that we had made this decision, his good counsel was to go slow, to take care of Ann, and to do the right things. He was quietly and publicly a supporter of Ann’s throughout the entire process. It is unfair that Matt has shouldered an undue amount of blame for a decision he disagreed with.”

Well, that certainly does synch up with reports that he was trying to get her out of her NBC contract so she could take a better position with CNN!

Maybe he wasn't gunning for her, after all!

Either way, given the amount of public backlash he's received, we're glad he's at least willing to discuss the situation candidly, and regardless his exact involvement in Ann's firing, it shows that he has a lot of integrity by accepting responsibility and clearing the air a bit!

It's about time!

Now here's hoping they can all put this whole mess behind them and focus on making The Today Show the best possible version of itself that it can be!

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10 comments to “Matt Lauer SPEAKS About Ann Curry's Today Show Firing! Was He Responsible?!”

  1. Gus says – reply to this


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    I live in Florida… and even this far out, I can still smell his bullshit.



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    nice way to spin it matt. but if it were true, i'm sure ann would have been warmer to you during her goodbye. you were the only one she didn't hug and cld barely look at you. body language says more about what was really happening behind the scenes.

    CC

  3. Cee Cee says – reply to this


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    …I don't believe it!!! Not even for a second…sounds like huge lies and excuses to cover his on the way out the door rear end…as TODAY'S ratings continue to tank. One last attempt to get people to see his side of the story. Not story - he wanted Ann gone and NBC handed her to him in a silver platter. He should be fired!!!



  4. 4

    Oh please! This is a pathetic attempt to save Matt Lauer's image. Too late! That show sucks now and he is the reason why. Besides, NBC = Nothing But Crap



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    Besides, NBC has pulled so much crap lately… they're so not trustworthy.

  6. John says – reply to this


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    Ah…alas the network bosses come to save Matt's ass….they want you to believe he had nothing to do with Ann Couries dismissal…..he has power in the NBC to get it done if he so wants…anything to please Mr. Lauer. Now they want the pressure off of Laurer and are taking the blame so his popularity rises…the show is loosing patrons and advertising dollars go down with it. You can bet Matt had a lot of say so on Courie loosing her spot. After all the years they tossed her out like garbage…people know who the culprit is….NO DEAL….

  7. apple pie says – reply to this


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    Re: Gus
    I agree

    I call it BS and ABC Good Morning America is way way better in everything.

  8. gustavius says – reply to this


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    Fire the slow, dimwitted and boring Matt Lauer. Fire Him. Rehire Ann. Ratings will shoot through the roof. Ann is beloved. Matt the jerk is hated by all. Little kids in Manhattan throw trash at him. Drivers yell at him out their windows. Fire that dull ugly Savannah also, yech she's horrible and ugly.



  9. 9

    Re: apple pie – GMA is what I watch when I watch morning TV. Today used to be good - I am thinking way back to the days when Hugh Downs was the host. Yes I am old.

  10. lingling says – reply to this


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    they're all liars..the show is a piece of crap..never watch that anymore ,,,,i believe in KARMA..