Chelsea Handler has become a collateral victim, if the term “victim” could ever apply to her, in the Matt Lauer – Ann Curry spat, if one could call it that. NBC bosses have warned her to lay off dissing The Today Show host from now on.
PageSix reports that Handler managed to incur the wrath of Comcast bosses (Comcast owns both NBC and E!) after she cracked a joke about Lauer’s behavior towards Curry while they were still working together.
The joke came shortly after Al Roker admitted to pooping his pants during a visit to the White House.
“This isn’t the first time a ‘Today’ show cast member was in the news about this sensitive subject. For years it was common knowledge that Matt Lauer spent every morning [expletive]-ing all over Ann Curry,” Chelsea said.
While her audience was roaring with laughter, bosses weren’t exactly pleased, PageSix claims.
“Chelsea’s writers were warned to lay off Matt,” an inside source says for the e-zine.
“They don’t want them making more fun of Matt and the Ann Curry situation right now,” adds the same insider.
In the meantime, Radar Online reports that Ann Curry is locked in intense negotiations with the NBC brass to get them to let her out of her contract earlier so she could join the CNN team.
They’re not budging, tipsters reveal, having already made up their mind to keep her until her contract is over and, more importantly, to keep her off the air until the day arrives.
Lauer, recent reports claim, is actually with Ann on this one, pleading with his bosses to allow her to leave.
In doing so, he hopes to do some damage control, after the entire world made up their mind that he was, in fact, the one who got her fired from The Today Show.