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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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91.

cloudydaze    

What an arrogant shoe shine head db. $25 million? WTF? To talk into a camera? Try paying this whiner $15 an hour because thats what he's worth. Oh I doubt NYers calling him mean, I am sure they used choice words to describe him. Get rid of him!

674 days ago
92.

Marilyn    

Matt is B O R I N G!

674 days ago
93.

onecent    

I try to never wish "bad" on anyone, but Lauer is just getting what he has been putting out there for YEARS!!! I have NO sympathy for him. It makes me think back to when he stood by his "buddy" Bryant Gumbel when Bryant was stepping out on his wife. Lauer was right there egging him on as I am SURE Gumbel was right there egging Lauer on with all of his afffairs. I cannot fathom what ANY woman sees in that buck tooth snout nosed Lauer, or that FAT a$$ dweeb Gumbel. Lauer's arrogancy is flabbergasting, and it is about TIME he is being brought down a peg or two. People are hip to his crap and I'm proud they are calling him on it!

674 days ago
94.

ria    

Damn $25 mil? Just to read a TelePrompTer. Matt must be a great dck sucker. I'm guessing Ryan Seacrest was/is his mentor/coach.

674 days ago
95.

Truth    

The guy is getting a bad rap. What most people don't know is that Ann Curry is a egocentric nasty vicious woman. Just ask her neighbors. She is rude, disrespectful and a total phony. Al Roker is a sneaky, jealous backstabber who can't be trusted. The Today Show environment has always been a shark pool...remember Couric? It has to be a nightmare to work there and thats why they get paid the big $$$$. Lauer isn't half as bad as his colleagues.

674 days ago
96.

Joey    

He is lucky that the people aren't throwing things at him. He wanted the lackluster Savannah to be his new girl and did what he wanted to do to make it happen. I wish he would do the same to the Big Racist Roker

674 days ago
97.

gamepro    

about time i never liked him because he just thinks he is better then everyone else but hopefully one day he gets fired and then will know what its like to struggle

674 days ago
98.

sasintaos    

Matt: it's over...you're old news. I know this would be hard for you to do but for once do the "honorable" thing and leave voluntarily right now...thanks...there's your compliment...now do you feel better? See ya!

674 days ago
99.

STFUP    

No sympathy. He'd better invest wisely, becuase I have a feeling that once his current contract is up, that's it.

674 days ago
100.

Pamela    

Boo Hoo! I can't stand to watch him. He comes across as a jerk. Humility would do this guy some good.

673 days ago
101.

Mustard    

The show is much better when Matt and Al aren't there. I think they both have become to comfortable and are lacking the pizazz to keep the show going for three hours. I would rather watch Hoda and Kathee Lee discuss wine then watch Matt and Al jockey for one liners!

673 days ago
102.

MYOB    

Can anyone say zero personality?

673 days ago
103.

Nonsense    

$25 mil? Stop whining.

673 days ago
104.

Pigweed    

Douche bag!

673 days ago
105.

hotandcold    

"But, as TMZ first reported, Matt made it clear when he re-signed -- he didn't want Ann in the picture."

REAP what you've sewn, Lauer!!! How's it feel to be on the other end of the stick now? BWAH HA HA!!!!!

673 days ago
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