Matt Lauer is Not Well Liked at 'TODAY Show' Because of Ann Curry Firing Fiasco


Aug. 17 2012, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

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It's been a few weeks since Ann Curry was suddenly replaced by Savannah Guthrie on the TODAY Show and the crew is blaming Matt Lauer for the unfortunate circumstances.

OK! GALLERY: NICKI MINAJ SIZZLED IN RED HOT JUMPSUIT ON THE TODAY SHOW BUT PERFORMED AGAINST DOCTOR'S ORDERS reports, "There are several producers that have been with the TODAY Show for a very long time, over ten years, and Matt Lauer is now hated by them because they feel that he is responsible for Ann Curry's being fired. Ann was tremendously popular with the producers, cameramen, and other staffers of the show because she truly is a team player. Ann was all about the news, and breaking stories, just a true pro," a source said.

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In addition to not being liked for the Ann situation, the staff doesn't appreciate Matt's behavior, which has made things worse.


"Matt on the other hand has been known to act like a real diva. The staffers are disgruntled because they were looking forward to working with Ann during the Olympics and she ended up relegated to very limited camera time and didn't even appear until several days before the games ended," the source says.

"Ann had been part of the TODAY show for over 15 years, and her send off was just horribly executed. It's not lost on anyone that GMA beat the TODAY show on Wednesday in the ratings yet again. Viewers have had enough and the show just isn't staying relevant. Morale is extremely low and something is going to need to change very quickly before they can get the TODAY show back in first place for good," an insider previously told Radar.

Meanwhile, ratings have not increased since Savannah took over as cohost for Ann and people are already saying she won't be around for long.

"The crew is taking bets about what the cast will look like in one year, and the money is on Savannah Guthrie not sticking around if the ratings continue to plummet. The crew and producers don't have an issue with Savannah, in fact, they really like her, but they are just getting to know her," the source continued.


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