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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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286.

Gordon    

ROFLMFAO. What a putz.

666 days ago
287.

PeekerBoo    

Karma. Embrace it, Matt.

666 days ago
288.

Piaso    

Matt is a jerk!! Ann was fired because of him and he should suffer. The only person with any class left on the today show is Al Roker. Matt needs to be fired.

666 days ago
289.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Matt, you are a nasty, mean, little prima donna bizzatch. People would rather have hemorrhoids than count you as a friend. You are the puss that leaks from an infected boil. When people hear the words 'c*ck sucker', your picture appears in their heads. Women want to kick you in the balls and men want to choke you out. The only thing you have going for you is that huge pile of money you've made, but you forget all about all the people at your network who've been laid off over the last 5 years because of the bad economy. In short, you top the list of people that we wish we'd never heard of. Pr*ck!

666 days ago
290.

a7xGuy    

I'm glad he got Ann Curry fired. She was an annoying bitch.

666 days ago
291.

anonymous    

Time to send Matt Lauer to Mars.

666 days ago
292.

coolmama1994    

Oh poor Matt..people calling him names..his needs an ego check

666 days ago
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jeff holland    

He could have kept Ann Curry on if he wanted too. As Anchor, he has a lot of power to work with who he wants. I think its BS that he went along with letting her be transferred, (fired). I used to think he was a "nice guy", but not anymore. It seems like news programs are always looking for that perfect woman to entice viewers to watch. You cant get any more perfect than Ann Curry. Very Bad business decision on the part of the network. Maybe they should consider getting rid of whoever made that decision.

666 days ago
294.

Emilio    

Gee, Mat we've been seeing alot of you lately...

666 days ago
295.

jeff holland    

Matt could have kept Ann on if he wanted. Anchors have a lot of pull. She was great at her job, but networks are always looking for a female that they feel can increase ratings. ann was perfect for the job. I hope no one ever watches again. Ann will do very well no matter where she is at. As for Matt......ha good luck ****er.

666 days ago
296.

pattycake    

Team MATT..Ann Curry is a manipulative cu5nt

666 days ago
297.

Linda    

What did you EXPECT !!!! Sorry MATT !

666 days ago
298.

Pavlov    

Willie Geist is a complete amateur compared to Matt. I liked Ann though, and would like to know the facts about that situation.

666 days ago
299.

Don    

He lost his luster by trying to outshine his co-anchors.

666 days ago
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Earnan    

Matt's an arrogant pr*ck who is too full of himself.

666 days ago
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