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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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61.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

There was a time when Matt was an OK guy nd as the other talent on Today, alongside Katie. But let's face it, who Matt Lauer is today sucks! As a human being and as a host. Execs focusing on him as the star talent to anchor the Today show has been the kiss of death for it. Big Mistake!

Goodbye Today, Hello GMA!

631 days ago
62.

tessa    

25 million? now that's the travesty.

631 days ago
63.

Jan    

Well I have always heard "What goes around comes around"...he got what he wanted by demanding that Ann Curry leaves and now he sees that people actually liked Ann Curry more than him. Would love to see him gone and Ann come back.

631 days ago
64.

TERESA    

http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/27/matt-lauer-today-show-ann-curry-fired-strangers-street-screaming-harassment/

631 days ago
65.

TERESA    

I thought he was a real nice person to watch but when played a part of Ann Curry leaving and then being mean like he has..... He thanks he had power over the station...He turned out to be a real diva ....the real reason the show don't get reed of him because of the drama ratings....And I thank that's real sad....He needs concealing ...And bring back the real Matt Lauer the nice nice one....Who gets along with everybody....And a show that doesn't ratings and get reed of the cast drama problems and making it news...

631 days ago
66.

thehoch    

Maybe Matt could get Ann to retweet one his random acts of kindness...like getting her old job back, that wouldn't hurt!

631 days ago
67.

Annette    

people should keep harassing him and make his life hell, he is just plain bad and that is what he deserves! I am so happy to have read this....just hope it is true.

631 days ago
68.

vixis    

This is why I stopped watching the Today show, I enjoyed watching Ann Curry. Maybe this is why Katie Couric left, it seems Matt doesn't like strong minded women working with him. They are a threat to his career, yes?

631 days ago
69.

Yves     

**** Matt Lauer, ever since the Ann Curry thing, I have not watched the today, only GMA for this guy

631 days ago
70.

uniteds    

What a weak and childish loser. If you can't take it, leave.

631 days ago
71.

Gigohead     

Could not happen to a better guy! He deserves all the yelling from strangers! Folks are tired of bullies!

631 days ago
72.

Keith from Detroit    

Good, he's a douche bag! Karma's a bitch.

631 days ago
73.

evy    

Matt? Meet karma.

631 days ago
74.

sandydc    

I guess I'll be the dissenter, but I thought Ann sucked at the job. She was too emotional and too sweetly corny for the show. As a lifelong Today viewer, she was no Meredith Vierra or Katie or Jane Pauley. Radar is responsible for whipping up all the anti-Matt sentiment.

631 days ago
75.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Rating are in the Toilet since Ann Curry "left", er was forced out by this a-hole and execs who never gave her an honest chance to develop as a co-host. Matt is freakin' out! He can't understand it's him that's driving everyone for the hills and over to Good Morning America. He keeps watching GMA trying to figure out what their new secret sauce is... cluelessly unable to comprehend that it's him people dislike and GMA is just the natural alternative to tune into. duh! Figure it out Matt, we hate you.

631 days ago
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