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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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301.

Perfect Karma    

Your foot lights are fading Mr Big TIme. Ann was not the problem, your boring show is.

628 days ago
302.

Phishie from Philly    

That should tell you something dumbas.s.
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Phishie from Philly

628 days ago
303.

libbier    

Whiney grossly overpaid cry baby trouble maker. Paying the piper now.

628 days ago
304.

libbier    

That huge ego for a whiney, arrogant, homely, skinny jerk. Millions cannot bring you fans nor respect. Character does. Lauer lacks character. Not worth a fraction of what he is paid. Money can't even correct his bad posture.

628 days ago
305.

American Canadian Rose    

Matt Louser did the deed and like all snakes in the grass he denies, denies, denies.... but we the ex-viewers (became that the very moment we were made aware of his disrespectful arrogance to Ann Curry) don't believe a word he has to say. We left the Today Show audience that day .... have been watching GMA since and there is no one and nothing that would attract us back to the Today Show because if they can use Ann up and spit her out like that we have no doubt what they would do to us.
So tell Matt Louser and the producers to lay in the bed they made and quit whining.

628 days ago
306.

westvil1    

bag of doosh.

628 days ago
307.

Suzanne    

You sow what you reap! Classless!

628 days ago
308.

Chris Roberts    

Replace Matt Lauer with Willie Geist?????? Sure--and then watch the ratings REALLY fall!!! Willie does not belong on morning TV--his personality--or lack of such--is mind numbing. So much so that I might have to turn to Kelly!!!! No--I'm not THAT desperate.

Come on, NBC--show us some REAL talent--not just a wanna be with no presence, no talent, no charisma. Or is that what you really want, NBC--to drive us all over to FOX and Dave Price?

Say it isn't so!

628 days ago
309.

nellie    

Karma!!! What goes around comes around!!! Ann is a good and decent woman with a lot of respect...

628 days ago
310.

R Brown    

I say to the New Yorkers please keep the pressure on Matt. Let him feel the heat from requesting that Ann be canned. Matt's frustration couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

628 days ago
311.

millieJ78    

When Ann left I watched Good morning America..now that how morning anchors should treat each other. matt has no class Ann Curry is a wonderful human being in a wonderful reporter she deserve better treatment NBC execs should have put Matt and his place The Today Show is just awful

628 days ago
312.

Sean Kelly    

A total non-story. Very few people care what happens to Ann Curry. And, those that do need to objectively assess how bad she really was. She once started a segment talking about celebrities and costume jewelry - the segment was about celebrities and COSMETIC SURGERY. Too funny except that this was routine for her. Finally, the only "bleeding" that is going on is in Harvey's brain because he wants to make a story that just isn't there.

628 days ago
313.

Gary    

I find it very rude that people would yell at him in public. On the other hand, as a long time fan of the Today Show, I ALWAYS change the channel when Matt comes on.

628 days ago
314.

Nancy    

Ann wasn't ready to leave, either. Someone PUSHED her. Hmm, who was that doing the pushing? Surely someone can pry this buttplug loose!

628 days ago
315.

TNT    

He should be rewarded. Ann Curry was the dullest person on morning television. He did everyone a huge favor. NBC knew they made a big mistake. If she was so good then she would have replaced Katie but instead they went with Meredith Viera.

628 days ago
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