The Today Show Staff Want Matt Lauer Fired, Ann Curry Brought Back
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Even though Ann Curry was gracious about her exit from The Today Show, there’s still a lot of talk about how it was Matt Lauer who got her fired before her contract expired, blaming her for the ratings dip. Staffers are now holding him responsible for that.
has spoken to various inside sources who dish that the situation is growing very tense on the set of The Today Show.
Network bosses might be unaware of the situation, but no one really likes Matt – except, of course, for Matt himself.
Not only do staffers look at him when trying to find the culprit for Ann’s departure, but they also believe he is actually the reason why the show is hurting in the ratings.
“Staffers and producers at the TODAY show hold Matt Lauer responsible for the continued decline in the ratings because they hold him responsible for Ann Curry being fired,” says a spy.
If they had a say in this, they’d fire Lauer too and replace him with Lester Holt, who would be perfect for Curry, whom they’d also bring back on the show.
“The staff wants Ann to be brought back and want Matt replaced with Lester Holt, but they know the odds of this happening are slim to none, because executives at the network have no interaction whatsoever with the TODAY show staff,” the insider says.
“Lester, like Ann, is very respected by the staff and is always a true class act. If Lester had been in Matt’s shoes he never would have told the executive producer and honchos at NBC to fire Ann. Lester and Ann report the news, period, and don’t engage in backstabbing antics…” the spy goes on to say.
Curry was replaced by Savannah Guthrie
shortly after her departure and, though the move has not translated into a boom in ratings (on the contrary, actually), Matt continues to stand by her.
“Matt believes that the audience just needs to get comfortable and familiar with Savannah and viewers will return to the show that had been counted on by the execs at NBC as ratings gold,” another source says.
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|Comment #1 by: Willy on 29 Aug 2012, 10:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Ann may have been out of her element as the morning shows are not news shows but just silly entertainment. Neither she or Lester Holt fit this image. Both are excellent news persons, respected, professional, but that is not the TV world today. Unfortunately there is not a good news broadcast except on PBS. Another victim is Bob Sheafer. He runs rings arond any other night news person.
|Comment #2 by: jakc on 29 Aug 2012, 12:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Well I like Savannah, she seems like a nice person. But, really not going to watch the Today Show to see how she does. Already switched to GMA. Now if Ann and Lester were to take over for Matt, I'd return in a heart beat. I used to love Matt, but lately he has just been too full of himeself. Even on the Olympics he looked like he was dressing like Justin Beber. Skinny jeans Matt? Really? You are old face it.
|Comment #3 by: Deb on 29 Aug 2012, 13:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I love Ann Curry. She is a nonsense newscaster. I haven't been watching much lately, because Ann is gone. Ann is like family and I miss her. I am really disappointed in Matt. It's not the Matt show. Please bring Ann back.
|Comment #4 by: Dianne on 29 Aug 2012, 13:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Anne is an amazing reporter. She can sit down with the highest leader of any land and produce an amazing interiew. They haven't fired her, they have placed her back in the role she shines in. I'm just sorry that sshe spend 14 years working towardslead anchor and this is the outcome. I wish her all the best!
|Comment #5.1 by: cherry on 08 Sep 2012, 19:01 GMT|
why was she fired?
|Comment #6 by: teana on 29 Aug 2012, 15:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yes, I think Matt is the problem. A news reporter should not be parcel but he is discusting when I comes to praising Obama. We think he is a real * !! We are now watching CNN.
|Comment #7 by: Cal on 29 Aug 2012, 15:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I miss Ann Curry so much. I refuse to watch the Today swhow since she was fired and i think Matt Lauer has overstayed his usefulness to the show.
|Comment #8 by: Liza on 29 Aug 2012, 16:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I Love Ann Curry, she is one of the reasons why I watched The Today Show. And you know what , I havent watched the show since she left.
|Comment #9 by: JR on 29 Aug 2012, 16:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Fire the opinionated Matt Lauer. Ann Curry was a real asset to the show.
|Comment #10 by: Dy on 29 Aug 2012, 17:15 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I do not care for Matt Lauer, I liked Ann Curry and have decided not to watch the Today Show as long as Matt is on the show. Ann was a class act and a great journalist. I hope to see her again soon, if not on the today show, somewhere else where she will be appreciated. Dy
|Comment #11 by: Shenli on 29 Aug 2012, 17:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Woohoo! Who would know best but the staff, producers & viewers .... w/o of course, Today would be nothing! NBC, NBCU.... Is anyone reading or listening? Lauer, man up & move on while you still can! Or it may just be "Isaac" @ Today! Viewers can see what's truly happening while the Show thinks its portraying "all's well!" It's loud & clear!
|Comment #12 by: Mia on 29 Aug 2012, 18:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'm one of the once-loyal viewers who flew the coop to GMA; Ann was a scapegoat, I won't be viewing the Today Show anymore unless Ann is brought back...Lester Holt is a great swap for Lauer. Applauds to the Staffers who put this thought forward. The longer I watch GMA the more loyal I become.
|Comment #13 by: Don't Watch on 29 Aug 2012, 19:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yes i agree Matt Lauer Should have been the one to Go NOT Ann Curry. I won't even watch it anymore. Bring Ann Curry That's all i got to say. Put Lester Holt in Matt Place. I personally don't like people who back stabb.
|Comment #14 by: Sammie on 29 Aug 2012, 22:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I've watched the Today Show all my life. When Ann Curry was fired, that was it. I will not watch the Today Show again, I will not buy a magazine with anyone from the Today Show on the cover. Why listen to Matt Lauer? Who does he think he is? They need to fire him and bring Ann back. She has more professionalism, intelligence, grace, and good nature than Matt Lauer will ever have. And to Savannah Guthrie----I say, Savannah, who????? The next week to act like she is such a close part of the Today Show "family," It really made me sick. And, to put together that stupid video...you, the producers, are responsible for the biggest CROCK of stuff, than I have ever seen on a one-time, respected news show. Savannah acting like a silly, jr. high girl--all giggling--not letting Al or anyone else say anything....cutting them off. Who does she think she is? I loved Meridith and Ann they are REAL. If the producers want skinney, young people running the show....then they better get rid of Al and Matt. I hope everyone boycotts the
Today Show...and my last word to the producers..."Good Morning America!"
|Comment #15 by: bd on 29 Aug 2012, 23:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Matt Lauer is so phony. Guess he is just preoccupied with his subconscious thoughts of I love me, I am so wonderful. They are paying this plastic personality more than any other news host. Are they crazy, and they fire Ann C. Maybe the execs at NBC like mirror images of themselves, ie. Matt the big time bore.
|Comment #16 by: ziggy on 30 Aug 2012, 01:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Matt is in a fog. I have no problem with Savannah. People are turned off to Matt. Lester and Ann as a team is brilliant. Both are bright and very well-respected, very genuine. Matt does not possess these qualities. Matt is all about Matt, and everyone sees this.
|Comment #17 by: Bug on 30 Aug 2012, 01:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Please replace Matt with Lester and bring Ann back.
|Comment #18 by: Jeff on 30 Aug 2012, 01:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Brimg back Ann... Bad choice by who ever made it to cover up Matt L. bad cheating affair in the winter olimpics. The guy has to go...
|Comment #19 by: ocs on 30 Aug 2012, 04:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
No more Ann Curry no more Today's show for me! I miss the old team.
|Comment #20 by: Leigh K. on 30 Aug 2012, 15:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The Today show handled this wrong in every way. As a faithful viewer for ten plus years I feel betrayed. I was saddened by Katie's departure but, this was uncalled for! Ann is family not a scapegoat...where was the celebration like Meredith received? I know Ann will rise above this and be great at whatever she does..love you Ann! NBC-boo, hiss!!
|Comment #21 by: APASTLOYALVIEWER on 30 Aug 2012, 16:52 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I have disliked Matt Lauer since the first day I began watching the show. What does he offer? Nothing. He is boring and stuck on himself! Ann Curry on the otherhand brought forth caring, thoughtfulness, wisdom; I trust her. I do not trust Matt L. I do not particularly care for Savannah G. (no personality). I for one will not be watching the show any longer and will turn to GMA instead.
|Comment #21.1 by: Thomas Farley on 29 Oct 2012, 21:38 GMT|
Matt I have watch the way you talk 2 Meredith that was bad. then you played your little game, where's Matt now. well the next time you go somewhere Matthew take Jay Leno with you. oh if you're not found it's because Ann is doing you're job quite well.
|Comment #22 by: Portlandian on 31 Aug 2012, 02:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Where Ann Curry goes, I will follow. She was the heart of Today. No one will ever be able to replace the velvet voiced and empathetic Ann, in my opinion.
I have turned to Good Morning America for my morning coffee and the news, both soft and hard. At least they seem like a loyal bunch and fun to boot!
|Comment #22.1 by: lj on 03 Sep 2012, 01:24 GMT|
I am in full support of Ann Curry and still cannot believe NBC let her go. She was an asset to that show and her sincerity and compassion was always apparent. Savannah is ok, but she has not yet come into her own and while she may deserve an opportunity, it shouldn't be at the loss of Ann Curry. Natalie Morales is also top-notch and neither should she take a back seat to Savannah. Matt should take a hike along with his ego. I'm tuning in to ABC.
|Comment #23 by: Bernie on 31 Aug 2012, 06:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I don't watch the Today Show because I do not like Matt Lauer. He's a very conceited man who loves just himself. Bring back Ann Curry with Lester Holt and I will watch the Today show.
|Comment #23.1 by: Janey on 02 Sep 2012, 03:54 GMT|
I so agree!
|Comment #23.2 by: mznxbcv on 08 Sep 2012, 18:50 GMT|
I agree with you fireing ann was wrong
|Comment #24 by: JDK on 03 Sep 2012, 05:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I switched to GMA after NBC let Curry go....I never watched any other show but the today show since I was young. Now I hold this true that the today show will not get my viewership
|Comment #25 by: Char on 03 Sep 2012, 16:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Ann Curry was the one bright spot on the today show. Her laugh was infectious and genuine, and you had the feeling she cared about the people she was reporting on.... Shame on you Today show, she was not the problem and I imagine you will realize that relatively quickly as your ratings sink even lower...
|Comment #26 by: sandy on 03 Sep 2012, 21:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I will never watch the today show until ann curry is brought back....shame on you for her firing
|Comment #26.1 by: sunshinepeanut on 08 Sep 2012, 16:10 GMT|
i agree with your comment Ann should be rehired to the today show Matt and Savannah should both go
|Comment #27 by: CAL on 05 Sep 2012, 12:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I dont plan on going back to the Today show as long as Ann isnt there. Ill continue watching GMA.
|Comment #28 by: DBW on 05 Sep 2012, 13:43 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I feel that Ann Curry was a true class act and they made a huge mistake in firing her, while I do like Savannah Guthrie she cannot hold a candle to Ann. I have always been part of the Today show audience but lately I have joined so many of my friends who now were fans of Good Morning American..
|Comment #29 by: Cele on 05 Sep 2012, 14:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I would love to see Lester Holt and Ann Curry head the TODAY show.
|Comment #30 by: CARRIE on 07 Sep 2012, 14:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
FIRE MATT LAUER!!! HE BRINGS NOTHING BUT ARROGANCE. DOESN'T EVEN INTERACT WTIH THE PUBLIC. HE SHOULD JUST BE BEHIND THE DESK. LESTER AND ANN DEFINITELY WILL BE THE BEST PAIR. SAVANNAH IS VERY DULL AND BORING AND DEFINITELY NOT COMFORTABLE AT ALL!!! I STOPPED WATCHING YOUR SHOW THE DAY YOU AND MATT LAUER FIRED ANN. I LOVE KATHIE LEE!!! SHE'S THE REASON WHY I WATCH AFTER YOUR SHOW. WE VIEWERS KNOW HOW THE HOSTS BEHAVE AND THERE IS NO WARMTH OR UNITY THAT KATHIE LEE'S STATION SHOW. I LOVE THIS NBC MORNING SHOW. THE ABC TODAY SHOW IS LOUSY AND THIS IS DUE TO YOUR HOSTS!
THE BOSSES SHOULD WAKE UP MAN AND CHANGE THE ENTIRE STAFF ESPECIALLY JUST GETTING RID OF MATT. HE COULDN'T EVEN GET ALONG WITH KATIE COURIC AS WELL. THINK ABOUT THIS??!!
|Comment #31 by: CARRIE on 07 Sep 2012, 14:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
YES, YES, YES FIRE MATT LAUER!!! REPLACE HIM WITH LESTER AND ANN CURRY AND THEN WE WILL ALL GO BACK TO ABC!!! DON'T LIKE MATT AND HE HAS MAJOR PROBLEMS, HE COULDN'T EVEN HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH KATIE COURIC!! WILL NEVER WATCH YOUR SHOW IF ANN CURRY DOESN'T COME BACK. KATHIE LEE IS YOUR SAVING GRACE. IT'S BECAUSE OF HER THAT I WATCH YOUR STATION FOR AN HOUR. FIRE MATT LAUER!!!
|Comment #32 by: ting ding on 07 Sep 2012, 15:37 UTC|| reply to this comment|
ann curry is most deserving of the today show she needs to come back
|Comment #33 by: Gladys Zobel on 08 Sep 2012, 00:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I started watching the today show at a very young age but will not any longer since Ann Curry was fired. She gave the show class and was all ways a lady. She was compassionate and caring toward the guest. I am now watching one of your competitors. You should have fired Matt Lauer .instead.
|Comment #34 by: Granny on 08 Sep 2012, 00:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i think matt and savannah should get fired savannnah has destroyed the today show ann was wonderful we watched the today show every day now we will watch another one before we will watch the today I think you should bring Ann back and for sure let Savannah go and if Matt don't like it let him go to thank you so much KB
|Comment #34.1 by: sunshine on 08 Sep 2012, 16:06 GMT|
I so agree to her connent Ann was so much better than Matt and Savannah they should get fired from the today show Ann is profesinal Matt and Savannah are not good at all
|Comment #34.2 by: peanut on 08 Sep 2012, 16:08 GMT|
i agree with sunshine matt and Savannah should get fired or thats one more viewer gone from the today show
|Comment #34.3 by: cherry on 08 Sep 2012, 18:59 GMT|
i agree with KB even when i do not know who she is Ann was so much better than Matt and savannah fire them and get ann back or else i will not ever watch the today show ever again every body who said that matt and savannah are not good on the today show there right ann was so much better fire matt and savannah and HIRE ann back there are thirty for and probly going to be more comments about this but the 34 and some comments on those34 are all about how savannah and matt and how they should get fire and how ann should get brought back every body is going to quit watching the today because of this including me MGP THANK YOU
|Comment #35 by: number forty six46 on 08 Sep 2012, 16:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
hate it ____so much now never again will i watch it until Ann curry is brought BACK please no rude comments to my comments
|Comment #36 by: number forty six46 on 08 Sep 2012, 16:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
ANN CURY WAS SO GOOD ON THE TODAY SHOW NOW matt and savannah HAVE REARNT IT
|Comment #39 by: Barb on 14 Sep 2012, 17:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I liked Ann, but there were numerous times I thought her tone made her come across to serious when it didn't need to be. She is a good serious interviewer, but I didn't realize how much of a downer her voice sounded until Savannah came on. Very upbeat and I believe her and Matt are good together. It's almost like Katie and Meredith with Matt. Ann is wonderful and great with serious stories.
|Comment #40 by: granny on 16 Sep 2012, 01:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i will not watch the today show as long as matt and savannah are on the show it is awful i think you should bring ann curry back and for sure let matt and savannah go they are destroying the today show if you don't do something they won't be no more today show for sure
|Comment #41 by: Doere on 21 Sep 2012, 23:05 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Ann and Lester= Good Idea. Matt Lauer.......this turkey is well done and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Give America something to be thankful for: get rid of Matt.
|Comment #42 by: JW on 22 Sep 2012, 16:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Matt stinks! He comes across with an elitist attitude. In communications, I was taught to always be mindful of your audience. I don't know who Matt's audience is, but it's not me.
|Comment #43 by: booba on 26 Sep 2012, 00:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I was a die hard Today Show fan until they fired Ann Curry. I have not watched the show since that day and I FULLY believe that Matt Lauer was the culprit behind Ann's demise. I am now enjoying Good Morning America.
|Comment #44 by: Tatee on 27 Sep 2012, 13:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Lester and Ann would be terrific!! That is a great idea.
|Comment #45 by: JP on 04 Oct 2012, 09:55 UTC|| reply to this comment|
When they got rid of dear sweet Ann they lost me as a viewer, you really can't find them any sweeter I don't think and she did her job very well in my opinion. Her firing was chicken * .
|Comment #46 by: Fan of Ann on 08 Oct 2012, 03:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The problem is Matt Lauer, not Ann Curry or Savannah!
|Comment #47 by: BingoNJPR on 27 Oct 2012, 23:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I was a nbc channel 4 news view for many many years however I am no longer. I truly beleieve Ann Curry got the shaft and Savannah Guthrie is a youg back stabber. If Lester Holt is made the Anchor and Ann Curry brought I may consider and I do mean may consider coming back. For now I have tuned into Channel 5 and Channel 2.
NBC You blEW it on this call SHAME ON YOU!!!
|Comment #48 by: js on 08 Nov 2012, 02:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Matt needs to go. I won't watch until he is gone.
The problem should be shared with Savannah Guthrie. I can't stand to listen to her when
she talks through her nose. When they brought her on to the show I had a hard time listening to
her, but still watched because of Ann.
Bring Ann back and boot the other two.
|Comment #49 by: decorator on 20 Nov 2012, 21:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am one that also thinks Matt Lauer needs to leave on the Today so, Ann Curry can put him to shame. Matt needs to be replaced & bring Ann Curry back to bring the ratings up & give it some class to the show. SAVANNAH GUTHRIE ISN'T CUT OUT FOR THIS JOB SHE ACTS LIKE AN LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL NOT PROFESSIOAL FOR THIS JOB. Consider bringing Ann back & getting rid of Matt & you will see your ratings fly to the top.
|Comment #50 by: Lee on 21 Nov 2012, 23:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Would love to see Matt Lauer ousted from Today show & Ann Curry coming back. I don't watch the Today show since Ann Curry left.
|Comment #51 by: Redwing on 23 Nov 2012, 15:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Matt is not a nice Guy - Just another Brian Gumble self-absorbed fool. The show will not get better with him there "fact" - Al can't stand Matt that says it all. NBC do yourself a favor and for all of us - Move - make the changes - Become a news organization - be the first on main stream news to become one - ABC without Robin is nothing and can't hold on to the ratings if they ever get some competition for news.
|Comment #52 by: Redwing on 23 Nov 2012, 15:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Let's have news without bias - get some better writers when you replace Matt. Please no retireds.
|Comment #53 by: mommie on 01 Dec 2012, 19:52 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I stopped watching Today when they pushed Ann curry out, Matt should go..he is boring..enjoy the good morning America, fun interesting hosts.....wake up today show execs.
|Comment #54 by: Golfwife on 31 Dec 2012, 15:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Lauer should be replaced. First of all 25,000,000.00, please this is way too much for someone that does nothing. He is grossly overpaid. Dr's. don't get paid that much and they deserve it. Also, can he not afford a pair of black shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Comment #55 by: hi on 11 Jan 2013, 22:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Matt Lauer is terrible and that Savannah is not any better. No integrity to the show. Ann Curry was the only reason I would watch on occasion. I can't stand the other people in the lineup. Time for new faces!
|Comment #56 by: CookieMonster on 18 Feb 2013, 13:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
You know who is happy about Ann being fired/ demoted? ....... Good Morning America anchors and producers...... that's who !!!! They are dancing in the streets and laughing all the way to the bank !!! I ( along with millions of other previous Today show watchers) are now loyal viewers of GMA. The today show shot themselves in the foot when they got rid of Ann and kept Matt Lamer.... yes he gets lamer and lamer..
|Comment #57 by: anonymous on 18 Feb 2013, 22:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think Matt Lauer should have been long gone already. He is a chauvinistic pig who does not get along well with his staff. All of the viewers are disgruntled by his behavior.It's time for NBC to hire a young and energetic anchor to boost NBC's ratings. Steve Harvey will be will be a good anchor to kick up NBC's ratings.
|Comment #58 by: Glo50 on 18 Mar 2013, 02:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Bring Ann curry back, but please fire matt laurer,he's so arrogant, nobody likes him, your show will keep dropping until he's gone. I hate him,
|Comment #59 by: todaywatcher1999 on 30 Apr 2013, 16:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Regardless of what Matt Lauer had to do with Ann's firing, I think Ann was rightly let go. As a person, she seems terrific, but let's face it, she is the WORST interviewer on television!! The whispering tone during interviews and the sophomoric questions drove me insane. Matt, on the other hand, is excellent at his job, even if he is a popmpous * sometimes and a philanderer.
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