That's right, folks! The mastermind behind the demise of Ann Curry's TODAY career isn't going to be around for much longer!
Everyone knows that the TODAY is now #2 in morning show ratings, but did you know that it's the first time since being at #1 for SIXTEEN YEARS?? It's true!
And the reason behind it is a man who was given too much power, a little blame-passing host we like to call Matthew Lauer (AKA Matt)! LOLz!
It's no secret that we were fans of Ann around here, and we felt just as slighted and horrified by the manner in which she was released from the show as everyone else. It seemed like no secret to us that Matt was behind it just because he didn't like her for some reason!
Well, it looks like it wasn't a very good move on his part! Come 2014, we're hearing his contract will NOT be renewed, because audiences don't like him!
Here's what was said at a staff meeting, according to an attendee:
"What matters most is the anchor connection to the audience; what we need to work on is the connection."
Matt wasn't in attendance, but you can bet your beautiful butt that he was what they were talking about! The source continued:
"What they meant was Matt. But no one would say it."
We're sure he was standing on a balcony somewhere, overlooking a view of dark clouds and cold gusts of wind, when an ominous crack of thunder struck, and he KNEW they were talking about him. You don't have to say Matt Lauer's name for him to feel it!
The word on the street is that he could be replaced by fellow Today stars Willie Geist or David Gregory, with our money on Willie, even if his first name IS Willie. Ha!
Here's NBC's comment on the Matter:
"NBC News has no plans to replace Matt Lauer. Everyone at the show hopes he stays for many years to come. The connection they were referring to was the connection viewers like to see between anchors and the stories on the show."
Nobody buys that.
We wonder why PR people even try sometimes!
[Image via WENN.]
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