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Matt Lauer’s Bruising Year After Ann
Curry’s Ouster Devastated the ‘Today’ Show

Daily Beast, by Howard Kurtz

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Posted By:abuela10, 3/11/2013 9:07:00 AM

One day last fall, Matt Lauer walked out of his 30 Rock office and took the elevator to the 51st floor to see Steve Burke, the chief executive of NBC Universal. Lauer was feeling down. Week after week, he was getting pummeled by the press for the sinking fortunes of the Today show. The veteran host was being blamed for the messy departure of Ann Curry and the downward ratings spiral of what had been the iconic program in morning television. “If you think the show’s better off without me, let me know,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: right-turn, 3/11/2013 9:19:51 AM     (No. 9219003)

Have never watched it. Don´t see any reason to watch it. If not for blogs like this they would not exist.
Just my opinion but there are probably more critics watching just to make reports than real fans.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 3/11/2013 9:23:14 AM     (No. 9219010)

Supposedly Lauer offered to quit, and his boss said “You’re the best person who’s ever done this,”...umm, not sure if that´s a compliment.

Today´s ratings are tanking, but I doubt it´s because of Lauer. None of these people will admit that there´s a silent boycott of anything NBC because of their rabid left wing bias. How can MSNBC call every Obama opponent a racist, and not have it affect viewers?


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pros7767, 3/11/2013 9:28:15 AM     (No. 9219018)

Agree with #2. I watched it for years but got tired of watching them be shills for Obama and the Dems. Wonder how much he pays in taxes? Since he´s a dem, probably not much.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bob913, 3/11/2013 9:28:24 AM     (No. 9219019)

“If you think the show’s better off without me, let me know...

“He was quietly and publicly a supporter of Ann’s throughout the entire process....

Even I know that Matt was the one kicking Anne Curry out in favor of one of his girlfriends.

It would be far better he and heck the whole staff leave.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Catherine, 3/11/2013 9:31:25 AM     (No. 9219028)

This whole story is baloney. At the time, it was reported that Lauer wanted Guthrie. That´s why Curry was fired. Didn´t work out too well, huh Matt?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: spit the bit, 3/11/2013 9:32:45 AM     (No. 9219032)

Matt missed his calling as a brakes and alignment specialist at the local tire center. He is certainly awful as a host/interviewer.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Reddoggie, 3/11/2013 10:04:38 AM     (No. 9219104)

#6, thanks for the morning laugh. Matt is a weasel who really believes he matters.

"...reached out to Katie to resurrect the show..." As if....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bpl40, 3/11/2013 10:35:06 AM     (No. 9219153)

Bring back the Tweety Poison Bird. It will be like raising taxes to spur the economy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: FunOne, 3/11/2013 10:35:29 AM     (No. 9219155)

The best thing NBC could do to increase viewership for TODAY would be to air reruns of Today with Dave Garroway and J. Fred Muggs.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney, 3/11/2013 10:47:36 AM     (No. 9219183)

If it wasn´t for NFL football, all these networks could close up shop.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: wideout, 3/11/2013 10:52:09 AM     (No. 9219188)

Because of MSNBC not enough bad things can happen to NBC Matt Lauer etc..

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Reply 12 - Posted by: mary Ellen, 3/11/2013 11:13:17 AM     (No. 9219250)

I read somewhere that Lauer had an affair with Natalie Moralis and his wife said she would leave if Natalie stayed on the show. I don´t know if she did because I wouldn´t be caught dead watching "Today." I can´t stand Lauer and I couldn´t stand Katy either. Who watches the networks anyway? They get their talking points from the White House.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: octrojan, 3/11/2013 11:32:18 AM     (No. 9219296)

Who watches the networks, a poster asks? Millions of people. It´s funny that some here post about how irrelevant the nets are, then in other posts complain about how the nets are so powerful they got Obama elected.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lindamay, 3/11/2013 11:39:32 AM     (No. 9219307)

Goodness Mr. Kurtz, that´s a great deal of information for a very small story.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/11/2013 2:37:11 PM     (No. 9219647)

A whiney brat to be sure. He, just plain, has no talent and it shows!

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