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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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121.

Rob    

A buch of liberal tools.. I don't watch them or care abou them.

674 days ago
122.

bon    

Wow! What hatred on here?!! It's so gross reading these posts.

674 days ago
123.

Zambonie    

He seemed pretty smug about it while she was getting the boot
You enjoyed the power boy
Now live with the consequences of using it

674 days ago
124.

DWeaver    

Sorry, Mr. Lauer, but you really need to put on your big girl panties and deal with it. It's your attitude, exorbitant paycheck, and demands that have garnered you so many critics. Besides, you're in the public eye, and how you act does come back to you. You're the one losing viewers, and the whining is not helping any. Suck it up, Cupcake!

674 days ago
125.

Connor James    

What an immature punk.

674 days ago
126.

Joe Blowe    

Thats the Law of Cause and Effect (Karma) for ya, Matt Lauer. Nothing happens by chance.

http://www.creative-wealthbuilding.com/law-of-cause-and-effect.html

674 days ago
127.

Jan    

There is no joy on the 7am-9am The Today Show. They are all "debbie downers". The 9am until 11 is just ok BUT Hoda and crazy Kathie Lee are fun to watch at 11am. Hoda is the best of all the hosts.

674 days ago
128.

Dobby    

I have made it a point to not watch the Today Show since you got her fired, Matt. Yes, you can strong-arm the network to get what you want, but we, the people, can strong-arm them, too, by not watching you swoon for the cute little girl that makes you swoon. If I were your wife I'd divorce you for making such an ass of yourself on TV over a girl half your age. Grow up, and stop whining. You made it clear you didn't want Ann. Fine. You got your way. But we're making it clear we DO want Ann, and not you. TV personalities need to be open, honest, and care about their audience. Ann does. All you care about yourself.

674 days ago
129.

BB not bb    

When they shoved Ann out the door, he told her that they would still be seeing her doing special reports. Maybe they should give her more of those, as in weekly or daily. They tried to ship her off as a foreign correspondent, when women who do that in the Muslim countries get gang raped. They should let her do domestic correspondence stuff like she would want to do.


I don't watach that garbage type news because it is basically people being catty, hamming it up for the camera, baking cookies and other assorted pointless mindnumbing activities.

674 days ago
130.

Mark426    

I quit watching years ago when Matts pompous, self-important attitude became too much to stomach. I don't know ONE person that doesn't think he is just a irrelevant morning show comedian.

674 days ago
131.

StarryStarryNight    

he's always been an arrogant asshat. always will be.

674 days ago
132.

RealityBites    

Oh tough cookies Matt, grow up and face the music, nobody wants you on the show anymore.

674 days ago
133.

Rusty Shackleford    

poor baby, it must be horrible finally finding out how much of a D bag you are.

btw its not JUST the Ann thing. this blowhard never had a single original thought in his life, seriously have you ever SEEN any of his interviews? he's gotta be one of the biggest corporate mouthpieces on TV

674 days ago
134.

Dobby    

How about they get rid of Matt and have Katie and Ann co-host? I'd watch that.

674 days ago
135.

joe    

Little sawed off shrimp.........

674 days ago
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