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Al Roker

Did You Just

Call Out Matt Lauer??

8/16/2012 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



081612_roker_today_v2Things just got awkward on live TV ... with Al Roker seemingly calling out Matt Lauer for railroading Ann Curry off of the "Today" show.

Here's what happened -- Al, Matt and Savannah Guthrie were hanging with some Olympic rowers who were talking about some of their post-race traditions ... which includes flinging one of their teammates into the water.

Matt joked... "The tradition here in NY is you throw her in the Hudson River."

That's when Roker quickly chimed in ... "Which is different than OUR tradition ... which is you throw one of us under the bus, but that’s another story."

Cue some awkward laughter from Matt and Savannah.

As we previously reported, Ann believes Matt trashed her behind the scenes of the show ... and pressured NBC to fire her ass because he couldn't stand working with her.   And, as we reported, part of Matt's deal in re-signing with Today was that Ann had to hit the road.

Sources tell us Ann was cool with Al ... and respected him ... and after the comment he made on the show, it seems the feeling is mutual.

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Lulubelle    

I'm glad someone stood up to Matt Lauer. I really hope Matt doesn't go after Al now...

764 days ago
92.

Miki    

Good boy, Al! Way to have more balls than douche bag Matt.

764 days ago
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brenda    

Matt deserved what Al said.. It's pretty much how the public feels about Ann's firing from the Today Show. Al is the only one with any class left on the show.

764 days ago
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Sashatree    

Stopped being a fan of Al's after he screwed his ex-wife Alice years ago. That being said - I'm glad he had the backbone to call Matt out, because Matt is a schmuck of the worst kind. MATT IS A LOSER AND SAVANNAH SUCKS!

764 days ago
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Floridagirl    

You GO AL!!! Lauer is a huge disappointment. He was such a nice guy years ago. Now he is a prima donna. Al, you are the bomb!

764 days ago
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Michael    

What I don't understand is this: Ann Curry had been the main news reader on the Today show for years. And for years I've heard people give her all kinds of crap for being less than spectacular at her job. Yet NBC decided she needed to be the new Main Co-Host of the M-F Today Show?!

WTF?!

764 days ago
97.

Joey    

Ak is a racist bore and a horrible weather person he shouldn't even bo n televisoin He wouldn't kow if it was raining if he was naked in a hurricane

764 days ago
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Lemonade    

Does NBC want ratings or not? Most people have had to work with back-stabbing bitches like Lauer - and they didn't like it then, nor do they like Lauer now.

764 days ago
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patty    

I'm glad someone there had the balls to stand up to that PIG Matt Lauer. Why doesn't the network get rid of him, it wasn't Ann that people weren't watching the show, it has always been Matt and now Savannah! Good Morning America all the way.......

764 days ago
100.

melody    

Bring back Ann!!!
Fire the bald, pompous, back stabbing azzhole

764 days ago
101.

DaveT    

Bosses don't fire people just because an employee badmouths them in the break room.
Networks are businesses and therefore exist to make profit.
Firing or letting go an employee has nothing to do with anything "personal" and everything to do with whether or not that person will *increase* viewership/advertising dollars...or *decrease* viewership/advertising dollars.
As far as Matt, I'm not a fan per se, I don't watch the shows much, and Tom Cruise was right in his interview :D
But fan or not, it's not Matt's fault if a network decides he'll bring in more new money with a different co-worker than with the present one.
Bottom line is profit in every business, and should be, they need to be able to sustain themselves to stay in business.

764 days ago
102.

JaylaM    

FIRE MATT LAUER
BRING BACK ANN CURRY

764 days ago
103.

roll3567    

stand up guy

764 days ago
104.

melody    

NBC has Matt on a pedestal for a reason unknown.

764 days ago
105.

JaylaM    

NO MORE TODAY SHOW
until Annie comes back
and pretentious, pompous Matt Lauer is gone.
Does Matt suck all of the NBC exec's balls on a daily basis?

764 days ago
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