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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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391.

DC    

Those aren't 'screams' Matt; That's the loud n' clear echo of Karma baby! It's hard to believe you 'shocked' by this..Don't you READ? people loathe you and your undeserved arrogance! JEEZ, pick up a paper, read a column..Really, we are all disgusted by you!

474 days ago
392.

Mikey Dee    

Do you REALLY think this guys (Matt Lauer) cares what us "ordinary" folks think of him??? He is receiving $25 million a year and is already worth millions. He's CRYING all the way to the bank!

474 days ago
393.

Linda    

Good.bye, Matt. You threw Ann under the bus, and we all witnessed it. Goodbye. Good riddance. God, I hope he doesn't go on to anchor the prime time news. I'll boycott him there as well!

474 days ago
394.

Emily McClung    

I stopped watching this show the last day Ann was there. he is an Ass and I for one will never watch this show again as long as he is on it !!!!

474 days ago
395.

Laura    

I used to like Matt but I just cant stand the Today show anymore .And when they fired Ann the way they did was the icing on the cake. I now watch CBS. I miss Ann.

474 days ago
396.

Mikey Dee    

Do you REALLY think this guys (Matt Lauer) cares what us "ordinary" folks think of him??? He is receiving $25 million a year and is already worth millions. He's CRYING all the way to the bank!

474 days ago
397.

Sheena4uk    

Boo! Whoo! Poor ity-bity Matt ... making $25m/year to sit around and yammer-yammer-yammer and making it clear he didn't want Ann in the picture when he re-signed his contract! HELLO! I quit watching it as soon as Ann went off the show. GMA all the way for me.

474 days ago
398.

George    

Lauer's a douche. I could care less about Curry, but any abuse Lauer gets he deserves.

474 days ago
399.

Billy    

Poor baby is miserable. What a wuss. Grow up, grow a pair and get a life you pampered ass.

474 days ago
400.

Julie    

Matt needs to be replaced with Ann Curry. It's clearly obvious who your viewing audience prefers.

474 days ago
401.

CK    

NBC...lose Lauer, he's costing you ratings, including mine.

474 days ago
402.

Chris    

Really, on this one, all women should stop watching the show. He did this to one of us. Let Matt and other men like him, learn a lesson. He can scream and yell all he wants, because who cares?

474 days ago
403.

DaveKnows    

Matt who? What an egotistical bum! I saw his true colors long ago and do not watch the show because he's on it!

474 days ago
404.

Scott    

poor baby!

474 days ago
405.

thejones    

YOU should have thought about not wanting her with you when you resigned. This was a big mistake letting this lady go. bet you didn't see all this backlash comeing from not standing by her. Come on Matt if they are paying you that much surely you could have fought to keep her. this is your lot in life now and buddy this is what you will allways be remembered for sad but true live it breath it it's your lot.

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