Inside Ann Curry and Matt Lauer’s Feud! Matt “100 Percent” Wanted Her Fired
You could cut the tension with a knife during Ann Curry’s last day with NBC’s The Today Show.
After Ann, 55, announced her departure from the morning show, she hugged her co-hosts Al Roker and Natalie Morales, but when it came time to hug Matt Lauer, she would not look at him. And when Matt went in for a kiss, she refused to turn toward him.
She had good reason. For months now, several media outlets had reported Matt, 54, did not like Ann as his co-host and was urging NBC to fire her. Us Weekly is also confirming the rumors are indeed true in their latest issue.
“Matt Lauer is 100 percent behind Ann leaving,” a source reveals to Us Weekly. In fact, in the days leading up to her emotional departure, Ann and Matt “were really icy to each other, and she refused to speak to him all week.”
As for why Matt wanted Ann fired, it was because the ratings for ‘Today’ took a dip this year and he believed she was to blame.
“The body language was extremely tense,” the insider continues. A second source adds that Ann’s last day “was like a funeral in a way.”
Savannah Guthrie has since been named Ann’s replacement, though the THR reports the ratings have yet to see an improvement since Savannah took over. Maybe Ann wasn’t the sole problem after all? Plus I found myself rooting for Hoda Kotb, who was reportedly in the running, to get the job.
TELL US – SURPRISED THAT MATT WANTED ANN FIRED? IS SAVANNAH A GOOD REPLACEMENT?