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Ann Curry Was MORE POPULAR With Today Show Viewers Than Matt Lauer! ALL THE DEETS From The EXPLOSIVE New York Magazine Article HERE!

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It's pretty bad when the actual, behind-the-scenes drama is even WORSE than what's being reported in the news!

But unfortunately, in the case of much-reported-upon, devastating drama on The Today Show that left Ann Curry fired, Matt Lauer looking like a real piece of work, and Good Morning America knocking them out of the ratings for the first time in 16 years, it wasn't just bad - it was a downright CLUSTERF-CK.

On top of the news that came to the light this morning which revealed the widely-criticized news anchor fooled ABC into negotiating a deal he never planned to take to secure his position at NBC, as well as a pay-day and assurance that Ann would get let go, the EXPLOSIVE new article in New York Magazine delves even deeper in the complex back-stabbing, paranoia, and shady negotiations that went on at 30 Rockefeller Center…and it ain't pretty!

For instance, even though Lauer, Today Show executive producer Jim Bell, and several NBC affiliates thought Curry was the problem, there was CLEAR internal research that showed that audiences agreed it was MATT who was the less appealing one, as he came off as "aloof, a little bit holier-than-thou and pompous.”

And despite his attempts to appear sad and regretful about the way everything went down, Lauer and Curry had NO relationship at all off the air, as he never warmed up to her - going so far as "getting more involved in the daily story lineup, getting into fights with producers and tearing the show up in the early-morning hours," refusing to fulfill her request to go out to lunch so she could get his advice, as he ultimately "seemed to drag his feet scheduling it and Curry felt he didn’t offer much," and threatening to cut back on his hours and loudly discussing how unhappy he was with her!

In fact, when signing his new, $25 million-per-year-deal with "maximum leverage":

"[He] could have easily saved her…To the contrary, in signing a new contract to remain at the show for at least two more years, he tacitly ratified the plan to remove her. Which doesn’t make him a horrible person — it makes him, for better or worse, a pro."

This left poor Curry, who didn't even have an agent at this point, to seek the advice of friends like Tom Brokaw, and as we all know, she was ultimately able to secure herself $12 million and her own production unit at NBC to leave the show.

And even though we all KNEW it was bad watching her sob on TV and avoid Matt's feigned sympathy during her last day, it was apparently even MUCH worse in real-life.

According to New York Magazine, Ann insisted on writing her own copy, as she wanted to "speak from the heart," which many of us would agree was entirely evident, despite some at NBC speculating that she "purposefully self-destructed to damage both Lauer and the show." However, that certainly doesn't seem the case, as sources claim that upon leaving the studio after her last day, she "cried the entire way" to the airport, where she was hopping a flight to California!

And worse yet?! NBC wouldn't even allow her to send a note of sympathy on Twitter to rival Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, who had discovered she was seriously ill with MDS, as they were "afraid she was trying to aid the enemy."

Of course, in spite of all this and his insistence that he's not responsible for departure, Matt STILL hasn't attempted to contact Curry, as he explains:

“Because I’m concentrating on doing the show — not concentrating on spinning the damage and trying to end the negativity on a daily basis. I'm confident that the show we’re doing today is the one that will allow us to dig ourselves out of the hole."

Somehow, we seriously doubt that.

Especially know that the whole world knows just how callous, manipulative, and spinelessly this entire debacle was handled, all in the name of keeping one man's paranoia and ego intact.


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11 comments to “Ann Curry Was MORE POPULAR With Today Show Viewers Than Matt Lauer! ALL THE DEETS From The EXPLOSIVE New York Magazine Article HERE!”

  1. 1

    It's good that Matt Lauer is finally being outed as the hateful low-class asshole he is…
    I can't think of one more deserving of our scorn that Lauer.

  2. 2

    Those two really make un ugly couple, yikes !

  3. AJ says – reply to this


    The reason I love GMA as well as millions of other viewers is because the panel seems to have a genuine rapport with each other. You can truly sense that they like each other and are real friends off the air. Their banter is usually lighthearted and playful and I find myself laughing right along with them. Ann Curry was the only reason to watch the Today show…Matt Lauer is a stiff, egotistical asshole. Once NBC realizes that and kicks him to the curb they don't stand a chance.

  4. says who says – reply to this


    "aloof, a little bit holier-than-thou and pompous.”

    And those were his best points…

  5. chanel says – reply to this


    He seems to have no respect for women. I've read that he had problems working with Katie Couric and Meredith Viera. He has cheated on his wife numerous times even with co-workers (Natalie Morales). Meanwhile I think all his female co-hosts have been more popular with the viewers than him. I guess the higher ups at NBC must have the same attitude towards women that he seems to have because even with the ratings sinking since Ann Curry was thrown to the curb he has kept his job.

  6. 6

    Thank God for Karma - let the Universe do the talking and hopefully Lauer the long overdue walking. We want Ann!

  7. 7

    Re: AJ – Thanks AJ, I agree, don't watch too much TV but GMA is pretty good. Gosh I cannot remember the last time I watched the Today Show.

  8. Lisa says – reply to this


    Yeah, I stopped watching the Today Show when Matt still had a full head of hair.

  9. Toy D. says – reply to this


    Matt seems to act like he's god or something. Last week on the couch, they had him sitting between Savana and Natali like he was on some pedestal
    He's like a old dog, if he cain't screw it piss on it:(
    Watch yourself Savana

  10. duke says – reply to this


    well yes Matt is an asshole, shallow, vapid and serveral other things however, it is also the programming and overall content of the Today show and the network in general. Guess what Idon't care about the Kardashians or Bieber or how to boil and egg 50 different ways. The networks liberal bias and slanted reporting turns me off. At least GMA attempts to present a balanced approach to most news items.

  11. LM says – reply to this


    I avoided the TODAY show like a plague after Ann got ditched. Spinning won't help anymore. Matt is clearly the culprit in the eyes of many, how do you un-do that? The show needs to be re-formatted and replaced with new and fresh talents.