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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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256.

Steve    

Matt Lauer is miserable? GREAT! How can I help?

628 days ago
257.

Ben    

When people are shouting things about the The Republicans or ANYBODY that does not believe the Left agenda you guys LOVE that. Well shoe is on the other foot. And your really not worth $25 million.

628 days ago
258.

DumpMatt01    

Matt Lauer deserves all the terrible words possible. In an inteview with Danny Deush (?) on Pierce Morgan's show he himself said that he had a lot to say as to what happesn on the Today Show. He was instrumental in getting her fired and just wanted the cute women on his show.

Ann Curry is an outstanding journalist and Matt just couldn't stand it.

The Today's Show now has Willie Geist, get rid of Matt

628 days ago
259.

palermo    

Never liked and even less now. Good riddance.

628 days ago
260.

DumpMatt01    

Matt Lauer deserves all the terrible words possible. In an inteview with Danny Deush (?) on Pierce Morgan's show he himself said that he had a lot to say as to what happesn on the Today Show. He was instrumental in getting her fired and just wanted the cute women on his show.

Ann Curry is an outstanding journalist and Matt just couldn't stand it.

The Today's Show now has Willie Geist, get rid of Matt

628 days ago
261.

katsey    

He's just beginning to realize that what he's done to others he has also done to himself. Now that GMA is on top, The Today Show will have to make changes and since Matt has become so unlikeable, he'll have to go. This is what happens when you think you're better than everyone else and treat others like crap.. Eventually karma's coming for you!!

628 days ago
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d johnson    

I used to watch the Today show everyday. Since Ann's departure, I switched to GOOD MORNING AMERICA. I can honestly say I haven't missed the Today show or its hosts. I am sure their ratings have sunk. Matt did say he did not want Ann around and now the people are saying we don't want Matt.

628 days ago
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J.E.B.    

You reap what you sow, Matt.

628 days ago
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Dave in NC    

Poor baby. Maybe if he cashed his check and got it back in 1 dollar bills he might feel better.

I wonder if the tree-trimming service he worked for before he was plucked out of obscurity is still hiring?

628 days ago
265.

Joe    

If Matt want to fix things I think he needs to bring Ann Curry back.

628 days ago
266.

Newfy-Pearl    

Doesn't demise mean death? And wasn't Curry let go months ago...why is this being rehashed? Is it a delayed reaction?

628 days ago
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Donna Spinelli    

Own it Matt, nobody believes that you had nothing to do with it, you deserve whatever backlash comes your way,I think you are despicable.

628 days ago
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Mary Edmonson    

Let me tell you. People, if you bash, sooner or later you will be the bashee .... and the bash will be much harsher than the bash you gave. All I wish is that Matt join the Hair Club for Men. I really like him better with longer hair.

628 days ago
269.

Angel    

Matt Lauer is such a d!ck. I stopped watching the Today show when Ann Curry was fired and will not watch again until Matt is history...

628 days ago
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shannon     

It's just a matter of time for him.

628 days ago
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