Well, fast forward to today, and Ann was indeed fired and replaced by Savannah Guthrie back in July. The bad news for Matt? The ratings have continued to slip, and the TODAY staff are now blaming him, while also wanting him fired and replaced with Lester Holt! Yikes. Guess he now knows how Ann must have felt!
“Staffers and producers at the TODAY show hold Matt Lauer responsible for the continued decline in the ratings because they hold him responsible for Ann Curry being fired,” a source close to the show tells Radar Online. “The staff wants Ann to be brought back and want Matt replaced with Lester Holt, but they know the odds of this happening are slim to none, because executives at the network have no interaction whatsoever with the TODAY show staff. ”
“Lester, like Ann, is very respected by the staff and is always a true class act. If Lester had been in Matt’s shoes he never would have told the executive producer and honchos at NBC to fire Ann. Lester and Ann report the news, period, and don’t engage in backstabbing antics,” adds the anti-Matt source.
“Matt, Savannah and fellow cast member Natalie Morales are all extremely close and have been referred to as the Three Musketeers. They often go to press movie screenings and can often be found in Matt’s office discussing stories and just goofing off. Matt has a very adoring female fan club in Natalie and Savannah,” reveals the source.
Unfortunately for the TODAY staffers, Matt is locked into his contract with NBC and won’t be going anywhere soon!
TELL US – DO YOU WANT THE TODAY SHOW TO REPLACE MATT?