The friend confided to People Magazine:
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For the past couple of weeks it feels like it's been Matt Lauer vs. The World. But apparently there's at least one person out there willing to stick up for him!
The Today show's executive producer Don Nash rushed to the aid of the highly scrutinized anchor and said the show would suffer without him.
Matt has been under heavy fire recently for multiple incidents, including a controversial interview that featured sound bytes from Jerry Sandusky, and some are even putting the blame on him for the Today show's drop in ratings.
“I can tell you unequivocally that the staff is not divided over whether Matt should stay or go — this staff loves Matt.”
Although Don insists that they have no plans to replace Matt, he didn't exactly squash the rumors that the network was looking to bring in Anderson Cooper:
"We hope Matt stays forever, but you’re always looking for talent because you want the person to grow into the job and you want some time to groom them."
We're not hearing a "No!"
He went on to say that the best medicine for all the turmoil is for his crew to focus on making the best show possible and climbing back to the top. After all, winning cures everything!
It's probably a good idea for Don to show some support, especially with the beating Matt has been taking lately. But if the show's ratings continue to slide, we'll see if the boss starts singing a different tune!
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