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Matt Lauer

People Are Screaming

Bad Things At Me!!!

12/27/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Matt Lauer is "freaked out" that people -- and lots of them -- have been screaming at him on the streets of Manhattan, calling him names and blaming him for the demise of Ann Curry.

Network sources tell TMZ ... Matt is "miserable" over what he believes are hateful and unfair tirades.  Matt says the harassment is constant, with people screaming things like "You're a bad guy,"and "You got Ann fired.  Does that make you happy?" 

Matt is telling people at NBC there have also been lots of sarcastic comments about his $25 million salary.  He feels "abused," insisting Ann's firing is not his fault.  But, as TMZ first reported, Matt made it clear when he re-signed -- he didn't want Ann in the picture.

One network source says, "It's driving him crazy.  He's so unhappy."

As for Matt's future at "Today," it's secure by default.  Aside from the fact that he has a contract, our network sources say NBC honchos are stuck.  They have no one who can step in and stop the bleeding.  As for Willie Geist, the new, 9 AM "Today" host, one very connected source says the sentiment is, "He's not ready.  He's not there yet." 

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166.

pam shankle    

Ann getting fired WAS NOT Matt's fault. she was good at the news and doing stories. She was HORRIBLE

604 days ago
167.

Dee    

Matt did the world a favor by muzzling Ann Curry, the worst interviewer I have ever heard. The mistake was the way TPTB at NBC handled the situation. They should have just shoved Ann out the door without allowing her to make her pathetic, teary, farewell speech.

604 days ago
168.

Laurie    

I would yell at him too if I saw him. He is like punches Piolet was to Jesus

604 days ago
169.

Laurie    

Maybe now he will see who has the peoples hearts. Sometimes being evil gets you what you deserve. The facet taht they keep laying that sonme we are friends forever on NCB is making people sick when they stab their own family in the back.

604 days ago
170.

JBeezee73    

Check out "Australian Today Show" on YouTube and see an entertaining show, where the presenters really seem to enjoy each others company. I bet the the whole cast and crew combined don't make half of Matt Lauer's salary. He is overpriced and under-talented, which could be said of most people in the entertainment industry.

604 days ago
171.

seamus     

Ann Curry is classy, smart, great journalist, everything Matt Lauer is not. I watch GMA where everyone has respect for each other.

604 days ago
172.

mckaskle    

I stopped watching the today show when that happened.

604 days ago
173.

hbh70    

Screw him. He should spend six weeks living like the rest of us before he's allowed to be "miserable" over $25 million. What an out of touch DB.

604 days ago
174.

Bruno    

Want a little cheese with that WHINE?

604 days ago
175.

Sapphiegirl    

Aww boo hoo....I guess the truth hurts! Next time think about how people are treating you before throwing your "weight" around! All actions have consequences, and you are next on the chopping block since viewers have stopped watching the show over YOUR insistance that Ann be removed as co-host. You thought that she was costing the show ratings....your actions will cost more ratings than she ever did. They should have promoted Natalie over Savannah..better personality

604 days ago
176.

freaksloan    

Matt Laurel is nothing but a cokehead and a tool of Obama and the Democrats.

604 days ago
177.

Rlg    

Matt, your "glory days" are long past and regardless of how much money you make, you are long past your prime. Ann Curry is a good person and you, yes you, make sure she left the show. Let's bring her back and put you out to pasture!

604 days ago
178.

kyna    

Matt may have issues, but Ann Curry is no saint. Ask her neighbors - I wouldn't want her to be my neighbor. She puts on a good face, but she is fake. She was fine for the reader of the news, but definitely not as co-host. Meredith and Katie were good partners for Matt. I think they are all friends. I thought Hoda should have gotten the co-host job. Nothing against Savannah - I just don't think she is right for the job. Lester is a favorite as is Jenna. I do like Willie, but would choose Lester over him if Matt leaves for any reason. I think they are all over paid no matter which morning program.

604 days ago
179.

SueH    

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Simple physics.

604 days ago
180.

ANS84    

Boo freakin hoo. He can cry all the way to the bank.

604 days ago
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