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Ann Curry: Matt Lauer Blames “Lazy” Media For Departure Scandal

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Ann Curry left the “Today” show amidst a flurry of rumor and speculation, with many saying that her abrupt departure was due to a lack of chemistry between her and co-anchor Matt Lauer; Lauer got some of the blame for allegedly backing the decision to let her go, as well.

But in a new profile he wrote for Esquire, Lauer says he thinks the media dropped the ball when it came to reporting the facts.

“The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience,” he wrote. “I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining, “Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair”? No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well — your friends and your family — know what’s true.”

After Curry’s departure was leaked early, she addressed the rumors, saying that the ratings wars had become “mean”.

“I don’t know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they’ve hurt deeply,” Curry said. “You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years. That said, I just finished my freshman year as co-host. In every single co-host’s first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone. I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries. And my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved. There is no doubt that the rating wars have become meaner and less focused on our responsibilities as journalists.”

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Ann Curry: Matt Lauer Blames “Lazy” Media For Departure Scandal
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  • http://Yahoo Irene Hammond

    I am not alone in detesting Matt Lauer. I believe he should have been the one fired from Today–NOT Ann Curry! I still believe that if the NBC executives read all the comments made from the articles pertaining to Ann Curry’s firing, they would see how much almost all of the Today Show viewers just cannot stand Matt Lauer and want him fired. He is a terrible human being in every sense of the word.

    • sandra thompson

      He is a tad over the top in his opinion of himself.

  • garnet

    Geez, let it go! If Today didn’t value her, she deserves more than tolerance Who wants to work for idiots?

    • Eddie Mac

      Amen. Why would anyone want to be associated with NBC these days? They have zero credibility as a news organization, to the point of deliberately editing facts our of a news story to help cause civil unrest in our nation.

  • Bea Link

    Executives at NBC are responsible for firing Ann Curry who created this mess. She was a professional who didn’t deserve the treatment she got from NBC. When you work in an environment that allows one person to determine who stays or goes, may be that person needs to be fired.

  • lizzie

    Ann Curry has far too much talent and expertise in doing serious news to waste it on the Today Show. They did her a favor by letting her go.

  • Shelle Shoup-Howard

    Matt Lauer is a menace to daytime TV. Ann Curry was elegant and professional in her on air segments. He is egotistical and pompous and as I watched the day it all went down, my heart was broken for her. She was devastated and he just sat there so smug and didn’t have the professional courtesy to make it easier for her.
    I never watched the show again after that. She was the reason I watched in the first place. I hope someday she can make it back to what she loved doing.

  • mom of 2

    I stopped watching Today after they threw Ann Curry to the wolves and then dumped her.Mr.Lauer thinks to highly of himself and is way overpaid for his snide sometimes nasty contributions to the show.Good Morning America is now our choice of morning entertainment.

    • MaxiG

      Me too! Haven’t watched it since.

  • Dot richardson

    Matt is a huge jerk…He needs to go…Get the young man that has been subbing for him…He is much smarter and likable that Matt could ever be…Iused to watch every day, but I just can’t stand Matt… HE THINKS HE KNOWS SO MUCH, BUT I THINK HE IS FOOLING HISSELF…sORRY mATT, u GOTTA GO…now….

  • cyndy1203

    Damn!!he’s worst than the media he condemns. He needs to stop playing innocent.

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    I am glad that Matt Lauer pointed out how the “media” is so biased and reports things without too much credibility.

  • Glo

    Matt Lauer is such a hypocrite, talking about lazy reporting running with rumors. As if he has never done the same. Look at how he handled the Paula Dean situation. Calling her a friend in one sentence then judging her in the next. All the anchors did it, and it is just not how I would treat my friends. The Today show is completely biased, and fear mongering reporting. Stopped watching, sick of the negativity, as well as the arrogance.

  • Jim

    Matt asked, “What were my options?”. Well, he could have confirmed or denied the rumors for one. Yes, no one wanted to hear his “woe is me” story or to bellyache about making so much money. Who even asked about that? You notice he never said that he didn’t have anything to do with the firing of Ann, just a pity party for himself and how he was in such a terrible position. Yeah, right.

  • Chuck

    Lauer is a piece of shit, pure and simple. His days are numbered and no he will not be next host of JEOPARDY.

  • al bundy

    Matt go to hell….

  • Sterling Girard

    Matt Lauer is a complete ASS. All he has ever cared about is himself and coming across as some uber high fashion and intellectual. He fails miserably on all accounts and I am sure his wife would agree that if it weren’t for the money he makes, she would have refiled for divorce. Totally jerk and a loser.

  • Katy

    I happen to love the Today Show and all of the hosts. I watch the show every day. I really liked Ann C. but it is what it is…..Ratings. As far as Matt – give him a Break & don’t judge people if you don’t REALLY know them.

    • http://Yahoo Irene Hammond

      Katy—Matt Lauer has put himself out there, on TV, every day, for lots of years; and what we see in him is what we get!(He is a TOTAL ASS) Most viewers hold the same opinion of him as I do. You are very much in the minority. Sorry.

  • Sam

    Has the Network ever stopped to ponder the thought that Matt himself is why the ratings are going down. He is a pompas ass and so obviously fake and non genuine on the show.

  • http://WebProNews Judy

    The Today show will continue to struggle. Frankly the execs and Matt Lauer need to go. I used to watch Today but totally enjoy ABC’s show better. Matt lauer, take all your millions and your arrigant attitude and disappear.

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