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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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346.

Felicia    

I thought Ann should have had the job when they offered it to Meridith. It was way over due when Meridith left. To replace her Anne with this Savanah dufus was a ridiculous move. Incredibly awkward and has taken away from Today's credibility. She's fluff..and that about it. (and not very good fluff either)

610 days ago
347.

Ginny    

The salary this man earns for the arrogance he displays is absolutely ridiculous! How Matt Lauer earns SO MUCH more than the leader of the free world, not to mention the first responders and our other heroic public servants in this country is again, RIDICULOUS! Not tooo hard to believe that NBC will keep him on the payroll though, just look @ Stephanie Abrams on TWC. My family and guests were watching TWC Christmas morning and Stephanie called her fellow weather person "dude!"
Even my 15 year old son commented on her lack of
professionalism! And they fired Dave Schwartz and retained her?? NBC, YOU HAVE SOME EVALUATING TO DO IN THE NEW YEAR! How about a clean sweep! Let's get back to the days of humble kindness and professionalism- you are hemorrhaging viewers-GMA turncoat in PA!

610 days ago
348.

Nostraldumass    

bla bla bla

610 days ago
349.

MARGETALICA    

PEOPLE DON'T LIKE JERKS THAT GET PEOPLE FIRED BECAUSE ANN WAS 100 TIMES BETTER THAN MATT COULD EVER BE EVEN SPACE CADET TOM CRUISE CALLED HIM OUT AS GLIB!

610 days ago
350.

paulasparo    

MATT LAUER, has NO EMOTION'S, NO HEART, X-TREMELY .....Im at a LOSS for WORD'S? WHAT can I SAY, that HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN SAID? GET RID of HIM, than MAYBE the TODAY SHOW will BECOME a HAPPY PLACE AGAIN. MATT LAUER...YOUR OUTTA THERE!! BYE, BYE. POPPY.

610 days ago
351.

Caddtsrx3    

It's time for NBC to dump Matt he's hatefu Mean spirited and past his prime in this business

610 days ago
352.

Doreen    

Who cares about this liberal sack of donkey dung? NBC- nothin' but commies network is so farrrrr to the left they make CNN look moderate. I wish they would ****can Christina Matthews & David Gregory while they at it.

610 days ago
353.

bill e    

Yeah karma has a way to right al wrongs, please keep up the pressure New York, don't let him enjoy being on the streets

610 days ago
354.

surfcitysocal    

Well, Matt Lauer, you reap what you sow.

610 days ago
355.

GOTHAM1963    

Tell those NBC exec's that I'll be glad to replace Matt Lauer. And, for less pay!

610 days ago
356.

Sandra     

Ann was not the right person for job but Lauer is an ass who should be replaced. Savannah is not working out and needs to go!! Al has had his day!! These people do not gel. Today is terrible and will not survive as is!! A clean sweep is in order!! Gma and CBS are great!!

610 days ago
357.

G David ECK    

Fire Matt and the hideous woman that replaced Anne Curry. Bring back Debra Norville and Anne!!!!!

610 days ago
358.

LexiBoseman    

Matt IS responsible, he goads the producers and threatens to move to ABC, or cable, and they bow down and do his bidding so everybody please scream at him all the time, he deserves it.

610 days ago
359.

zygoma    

Ann Curry was the BEST.
Would like to see her primetime.
The Today Show is dribble.

610 days ago
360.

sara    

Beg, plead and pay Katie Couric to come back to the Today Show. She is the only one that can make it #1 again with or without Matt. Katie's new show is horrible. It's a win-win for everybody. Ann Curry is very nice, but no charisma. Ditto for Samantha Guthrie. I used to be a loyal fan of the Today Show, but it's too boring now. Every time they break into a private joke and laugh too long, I change the channel.

610 days ago
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