Ann Curry “wouldn’t even look at Matt Lauer” on her last day on ‘Today’

A lot of us had sympathy for Ann Curry yesterday. Nay, we’ve had sympathy for her for weeks now. My take is still that Ann deserved to go, and that she was not a very good co-anchor. But I still think that everything that went down, with the very public leaks of internal NBC business and with Matt Lauer basically calling the shots, pulling rank and ordering Curry to go, it was all a really nasty way to do business. And I don’t think Lauer has come out of this dirty business unscathed – while many think that Ann deserved to go, Curry is now awash in public sympathy after she couldn’t contain her tears during her sendoff, and I think she was genuinely devastated by how poorly she was treated. Here’s the video again – note the body language between Ann and Matt.

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That was one of the most awkward kisses ever. Ann really looked like she was fighting it, right? Well, insiders claim that Curry and Lauer were extremely cold to each other when the cameras were off too:

Not-so-fond farewell. Ann Curry couldn’t fight back the tears when she announced her immediate departure from the TODAY show Thursday after 15 years at the show and just one year as co-host — with Matt Lauer and other colleagues offering comforting words of support on-air.

Behind the scenes, it was a different story. “It was so icy on the set,” an insider tells Us Weekly of the days leading up to Curry’s much-speculated farewell. “You could cut the tension with a knife.”

In particular, the dynamic between Curry, 55, and Lauer, 54, was particularly awkward. “When the cameras stopped rolling, Ann wouldn’t even look at Matt,” says the set source. (Indeed, on Thursday’s show, Curry pointedly hugged each of her colleagues except for Lauer.)

Adds another show source: “They were really icy with each other . . . The body language between them has been extremely tense.”

A third set source observed of Curry’s goodbye: “It was like a funeral in a way.”

Meanwhile, all eyes are now on Savannah Guthrie — rumored to be Curry’s replacement. At the beginning of Friday morning’s broadcast, the 40-year-old sat in Curry’s seat alongside Lauer, but no formal announcement had yet been made.

[From Us Weekly]

Savannah was on hand as co-anchor this morning, and it’s believed that she has already signed a contract for the co-anchor position, although NBC has yet to make an official announcement. TMZ reports that NBC first went to Meredith Vieira, but she turned them down. So Savannah is the second choice, I guess. There will be a lot of armchair-quarterbacking on how this whole situation was handled, but I do think that Lauer’s reputation has been dinged (if not fractured completely), and NBC and NBC News in particular looks like a contingent of anti-woman bullies. One critical piece even refers to them as “A Confederacy of Dunces”.

Meanwhile, Lauer is already looking ahead to the Olympics, where it seems a time-honored tradition every two years for Lauer to pick up some strange (ALLEGEDLY). Lauer’s wife knows what’s up. So it’s really funny that Radar now says Annette is coming with Lauer to the London Olympics so she can make him wear a dude-chastity-belt:

Matt Lauer’s wife, Annette Roque will be traveling across the pond for the London Olympics with their three children, to keep tabs on her husband and his roving eye as he spends time in the city reporting on the upcoming games, is exclusively reporting.

“Annette and the kids will all be going to the Olympics so she can keep very close tabs on Matt,” a source close to the situation tells “Matt and his family will be staying at a different hotel than the rest of the cast and crew. Annette generally doesn’t like to accompany Matt when he travels for work, but it’s the Olympics and the kids are very excited. It’s hard to travel with three kids and Annette enjoys spending the summer at their Hamptons mansion where they live full-time now but Annette has made it very clear the whole family will be heading to London. Annette has made no bones about the fact she will be keeping close tabs on Matt.”

Annette filed for divorce from Lauer when she was pregnant with their third child in 2006, but soon thereafter the couple reconciled, and the divorce petition was withdrawn.

[Via Radar]

Dear Annette: DIVORCE HIM. And leak all of the dirty details.

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  1. Chatcat says:

    I wouldn’t look at him either, unless it was to make sure my aim was accurate as I spit in his face right after I said “up your’s jackass”.

    On a much classier note…remember Ann, success is the best revenge. 🙂

    • Rhea says:

      Matt Lauer is an arrogant prick! I hope Ann would get a job that more suited to her skills after this. Yes, success is the best revenge!

    • marie says:

      very true.. and I’m curious to see how Lauer will react with his wife there with him in London.. ha ha ha, cock-blocked

      • Chatcat says:

        Or better yet Marie…wifey is with him and he gets caught cock-compromised and wifey calls Ann and asks “any suggestions on how I should handle this?”

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Chatcat – Ohhhhhh, you are positively EVIL. I LOVE IT! 😀 (Enjoy your vacation.)

    • T.C. says:


      Matt’s a jackass.

      • Jess says:

        I agree. I was never a huge Matt fan but I am now affirmatively anti-Matt – and anti-Today Show (which I will miss – it’s the only morning show I’ve ever watched but I’m not done with it).

      • Seagulls says:

        Jess, try GMA! There still isn’t enough news on it for me, but the on air personalities are so likeable!

    • Jill says:

      LOL! Yeah and that kiss looked painful for her as she cringed. lolll

      He had a hand in her departure because he wants to try to keep his rating up.

      Sad how women are treated like this in this industry.

  2. flan says:

    So he’s a cheater too? What a piece of work.

    Not a guy I want to watch anymore.

  3. Memory30 says:

    His expression is like ” yeah bitch you out I’m the boss” I didn’t like her but damn it seems like they were bullieng her.

  4. backwards says:

    The kiss of death!

    • Kaiser says:

      LMAO! Like Lauer is Michael and Ann is Fredo. “I know it was you, Ann!”

      • Fleur says:

        hah! you’re right, kiss of death complete with the Pacino neck-grab:

        “You broke my heart. You broke my heart.”

        LOVE that movie.

        Seriously though, Ann Curry nearly made me cry with her speech! Honestly she should be throwing around confetti, she gets to get away from that office and fly wherever she wants. Go Ann!

  5. stop the madness says:

    I don’t blame her. That has to be difficult sitting next to someone who betrayed you and is trying to fake like he’s your friend. I won’t watch Today morning show. They did her so wrong.

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      I think that’s the worst part. They couldn’t let her say goodbye on her own. She had to be supervised next to Lauer — acting like she’s moving on to such wonderful things and how she’s going to be missed when he was the one who negotiated all of this. So slimey.

  6. Dragonlady sakura says:

    She has every right to pissed about how she was “let go.” If the network had handled it quietly and with more dignity, there wouldn’t be a backlash.

    • Rhea says:

      Agreed. The whole thing just suck. She didn’t even get a proper farewell/send-off after 15 years in the show. Her exit stands in stark contrast to Meredith Vieira’s farewell, whom Curry replaced just over a year ago

      • Veruca says:

        I concur, as well.

        NBC has shown no class in how this was handled. And they wonder why their ratings are plummeting…

      • Emma says:

        Are we surprised? They handled the entire Conan O’Brien/Leno situation the same way.

      • patata says:

        @ emma- i wont watch leno because of that and i wont be watching the today show because of this

  7. Boo says:

    Yes, he’s a big cheater. Rumor has it that he is the father of one of Natalie Morales’ children. ALLEGEDLY.

    I hope Ann Curry writes a book called My Time With Matt and shows the world in even greater detail what a humongous shithead he is.

    • vic says:

      i don’t think his wife is so innocent in that department, either. they are know swingers.

      she keeps busy at night.

  8. Kim1 says:

    After 15 years they couldnt give her a 3 min farewell montage clip Tacky Well I just deleted Today from DVR

  9. RobN says:

    His whole routine with her at the end was just sickening. I don’t even watch this show and I feel the need to track him down and smack the smug right off his face.

    I can tell you, though, that rat-faced bastard would never have seen me cry.

  10. karen O says:

    Time to start a petition for Matt to go – the entire front of the camera crew needs to go – but especially Matt – I used to watch this show all the time, but no more – I’m disgusted

  11. Zelda says:

    I find it really weird that people still watch shows like this, let alone care about them. The format is just so dated. You won’t hear anything that isn’t scripted questioning, and hasn’t already been on the internet for days…

    The whole morning talk show thing seems so irrelevant, to me. They are like the fax machines of entertainment–You only use it because you have no other option or are too old to adapt.

    I must be wrong though, because ethis is apparently a big deal.

    • RobN says:

      Totally agree; I just don’t get it at all. But maybe if you’re a stay at home mom or retired, it holds more interest. It’s huge money so somebody cares.

    • Lindy says:

      Yeah, this. I can’t stand watching any of these endless, droning morning shows. It’s not like you get real news at all. And it all seems to be just a series of paid ads these days in the guise of helpful information (“we’re here to tell you about how THIS cool product can keep your skin looking younger!”).

      If I did have any interest, I sure as sh!t wouldn’t watch the Today Show with Matt Lauer, who seems to be a complete and total prick.

    • Jackie O says:

      very true

    • pwal says:

      I don’t get it either, especially the ‘concert series’. Usually, the musical acts are geared towards teens/young adults, not necessarily the demographic that actually watch the shows. And how unique is the ‘concert series’ when two out of the three morning shows do it?

      And yeah… there’s too much tabloid gossip on the morning shows. I come on the internet for my entertainment news, mainly because you can get reports disputed or contradicted within hours, whereas those who depend on the morning shows get skimmed over, dated information.

  12. whybenice says:

    Look at the way his hand his on her neck as he “pecks” her. Looks like he’d choke her if the cameras were off.

  13. Kristin says:

    I feel so badly for her. It had to have been awful to go to work every morning and look around and wonder – “who’s the leak?”. All that nasty sh*t in the press leading up to her departure… Look, it was obvious she wasn’t a super great fit for that show. Hard news is her specialty and the tabloidy / E! type stuff wasn’t in her wheelhouse. That’s no reason to trash her in the press.

    Katie Couric recently did a web show where she said morning t.v. news has completely lost its balance between news and tabloid. I think this is the proof of that.

    I used to really like Matt Lauer, but after hearing all this stuff about the way he meangirled someone he worked with for 15 years – yeah, not so much.

  14. valleymiss says:

    I think Ann cried out of sheer frustration and weariness. She must have been emotionally exhausted at that point. Matt is a jerk…what’s funny is that the Today show ratings will drop even more and Savannah will no doubt be blamed and demoted or fired just like Ann. God forbid we pin any of the show’s failings on Matt. Ann, you got pushed off a sinking ship, but your talent and professionalism are your life preservers.

    With all the tabloid stories about Matt’s affairs and the way he treated Ann, female viewers are going to leave in droves. GMA has a much more solid team anyway. As someone noted (maybe here, maybe on Jezebel, I can’t recall), the GMA team is consistently together every day, while Matt is gone on “special assignments” and so on, pretty regularly.

    • Chatcat says:

      “I think Ann cried out of sheer frustration and weariness. She must have been emotionally exhausted at that point.” I concur 100%. Although Ann is a professional, she is first and foremost a human being…we can only take so much abuse and bullying before we crack a bit. The fact that NBC executives continually do this to their employees shows that they are bottom of the barrell in their industry.

      I grew up in a GMA household and that is what I watched when I first homesteaded myself. But I had to runaway from home with that Sam the weather guy. I mean he cackles…all the time…I just couldn’t watch or listen to it anymore…like fingernails down a chalkboard or being on the phone and the person your are talking to is chewing food the whole time they are speaking to you. Beyond my anoyance tolerance level.

      I now watch Fox and Friends for morning TV and ABC nightly news. As a matter of fact, F&F had Pat Benatar on this morning and I am a huge Pat Benatar fan. She is amazing and still rocking her ass off! Loved it!

  15. jess says:

    Matt is the reason why I dont watch the Today show. I cant stand the guy. Dont care for Ann either but I do feel sorry for her.

  16. Jayna says:

    I didn’t see that, and she praised him in an interview. I don’t think she blames him for all of it.

    Savannah us nondescript. Ratings ate going to get worse. Deborah Norville would have been great instead.

  17. Amy says:

    I don’t think I’d want to work at NBC. They screwed up big time when they originally promised Conan O’Brien The Tonight Show, only to fire him after 7 months and give the show back to Jay Leno. This is just another example of the way they treat their employees. If I were Ann, I’d dump NBC altogether!

    • pwal says:

      To me, NBC has been shady since the 90s. They were the first network to completely scuttle their daytime lineup – cancelling Santa Barbara and Another World and replacing it with subpar soaps like Sunset Beach and Passions, along with subpar reality shows like Starting Over.

      While losing those soaps pissed me off, the clincher for me was when both Friends and Frasier were ending their shows and Frasier was treated like an afterthought, while Friends was given a top notch send off. Frasier, like NewsRadio and Night Court, was moved to different time slots, that didn’t make sense, in favor of new try-out shows that didn’t last. Frasier lost its footing, mainly because of the loss of David Angell, but they sure as $hit deserved better than what they got.

      • Kristin says:

        Another World!! I still miss it! I was at school in England and made my sister tape the last week of episodes for me so I would get to see how it ended!

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Agreed. And OMG!!! I LOVED Another World (Cass, Felicia, and Wally forever!) and Santa Barbara.

        If this is how NBC is treating their “big stars” can you just imagine how poorly they treat the “little guys” and the peons?

        Makes me shudder.

  18. Chatcat says:

    NBC inclusive (all its spinoff’s and affiliates) has been crappy for the last 5 to 7 years and this is just another example of lack of vision and leadership. It does seem like a pretty lousy place to be an employee.

  19. JudyK says:

    Bringing this over from the other thread because I didn’t see anywhere to post this earlier today:

    I’m going to go back on a few comments from yesterday…this, after watching TODAY this morning after Ann’s departure.

    I like and respect Ann and I don’t condone or support the way her leaving was handled, but for the first time (maybe ever), TODAY is flowing FLAWLESSLY this morning.

    Every single thing is in tempo…the chemistry is there, Matt is happy, Al is happy, and Savannah is doing a fantastic job. Matt, Savannah, and Al gel, and I’m not even minding Natalie Morales…she seems to fit in well with this team.

    It was the right decision.

    • Jayna says:

      I believe Ann was the wrong fit, but I don’t get the Savannah love. I watched it this morning out of curiosity and found it lackluster. BUT Adam Levine’s performance was fantastic, all three songs.. 12,000 showed up to see Maroon 5, and Adam was on fire for so early in the morning. You could see he was blown away by the amount of people.

    • RobN says:

      Flawless is a pretty big word to use in reaction to a morning show that has used the exact same format, through countless hosts, since the first person figured out how to plug in a television.

      And of course Matt looks happy. He’s the spoiled child who just got his way. What’s not to be happy about? Al is just a Matt toady who knows a good gig when he stumbles into one and just laughs when Matt tells him to laugh and tries to stay out of the line of fire.

      • JudyK says:

        Jayna, I personally like Savannah…she’s smart, an attorney, and a seasoned tv personality, but that’s just my opinion. I know many do not care for her.

        RobN, I’m not excusing Matt Lauer and will never forgive him for the way this was handled. He seemed very condescending toward Ann yesterday. I somewhat agree w/ what you said about Al. However, I think Matt, despite probably deserving of the douche title, is an EXCELLENT news anchor, and I think this is now an excellent team.

        I still love Ann Curry, but not as co-anchor. My heart ached for her yesterday. I personally think she should completely leave TODAY after all that has gone down.

  20. Momoftwo says:

    She is 55??? She looks amazing!

  21. Lucy2 says:

    I only saw a short clip, but the tension and discomfort was instantly noticeable. She avoided eye contact with him, and he seemed like a jerk trying to ease a breakup or something- it’s ok we’ll still be friends!
    Good luck Savannah, you’ll need it.
    I hope Ann is aware of how most people are supportive of her, and are seeing how Matt really is.

  22. Skins says:

    What a hypocrit that tool is. Backstabbing her and then acting like her buddy. She should have spit in his face. Why doesn’t he get any blame for the ratings decline? I think most people watch Today out of habit, I doubt that too many people tune in just to see Matt Lauer

  23. The Original Denise says:

    NBC….. Keeping it classy. I guess they are taking cues from MSNBC, which is even classier. Good luck Ann; if I had your money I would enjoy a long, permanent vacation.

  24. bea says:

    I feel for her – she was in a powerless, screwed-over position and there really wasn’t a whole lot she could do about it.

    I get the feeling that she didn’t have a ‘crush’ on him and he needs that, so she had to go. I’m sure he eroded her confidence at every opportunity and she was a nervous, jittery mess on the air.

    One can only hope that fate will catch up with him and hopefully when it does, he’ll lose way more than a job.

    • KLaw says:

      I like your analysis. It makes sense (and I would know because I work with “that” guy)… I hope he roasts in you-know-where.

      Why would anyone find him attractive? I’ve always found him off-putting. Now that we are learning his true colors, I am discovering why…

  25. sallyreo says:

    The best”pay back ” is to stop watching this channel.

    How can they treat decent people the
    way that they do.

    People, if we join together, we can
    make a difference. I am IN!

  26. Day says:

    Why do the failing ratings fall on Ann alone? Matt is as interesting as a bowl of oatmeal.

    • KLaw says:


      And the empty look in his eyes has always bothered me. I can’t stand watching him.

  27. Beck says:

    I work at home and watch the show every day. I have watched the show for a long time. I always liked Ann. Something was up with Ann and Matt from the beginning. It was a terrible combination. Matt didn’t seem to try with Ann while Ann overcompensated. Ann was awful with interviews. The faux overly concerned voice she used with people was totally over the top. Plus she completely fawned over the celebrities. It was embarrassing. BUT the way they handled her departure was sickening. The leaks were cruel. I think she was a trooper for sticking with it until the end. I have to give her a slow clap. Meanwhile, Matt was glib as ever.

    • JudyK says:

      Agree w/ everything you wrote.

      “Glib”…ha, that’s the same word Tom Cruise called him when they were discussing Scientology several years ago!

    • Jayna says:

      Beck, plus two. I agree with everything you said also.

  28. Aqua says:

    Lack of professionalism all around.Couldn’t imagine showing up for a job for months and working with people who knew that you were getting fired.Then to top it all off having to share the couch with your replacement every morning.Best of luck to you Ann.wish you continued success.

  29. TG says:

    I don’t watch the Today Show and have only rarely seen snippets of it over the years but have always heard bad things about Matt and looking at him he looks like a weasel I don’t get why veiwers are even interested in him. Ann seems like someone too serious for that show, I mean isn’t that show a sort of day-time tacky show? How serious can it be if they report from the street in Times Square. I said this before I watched Meridth Viera on Piers Morgan last fall when she had her husband on also and as they were going to break he asked her why she left the Today Show and she said “two words – Matt Lauer” and then they went to commercial and never made a reference to it. I really think she was being honest at that moment and didn’t realize she was still on camera. Lauer looks like and reminds me of the character Peter Pettigrew from Harry Potter, the book not the movie.

  30. Esmom says:

    OMG, it just clicked with me who Matt’s wife is. I had tuned that info out long ago. I remember her as a J Crew model way back in the day!

    She’s beautiful…and although I know nothing about her I can’t help but feel she deserves better than him.

    • Jayna says:

      I think she has her own demons. Several years ago her mom or maybe it was her dad came out and pretty much called her an anorexic, that they were worried about her.

    • emichan says:

      My friend works at a modeling agency and worked with his wife annette and said she is the most normal, nice and funny girl.

  31. Tansey says:

    I can’t comment on how she was as a co-anchor because I haven’t watched the Today show in a long time, so I don’t know whether she was terrible or whatnot, but this whole situation is really crappy. I feel so bad for her with the way she was treated during all of this. Her departure should’ve been handled with discretion. Matt Lauer deserves a punch in the head.

  32. Issa says:

    The only reason I don’t watch the Today show is because of Matt. Really dislike him as the main host. I really like CBS morning, the only morning show that reports actual news and not pass gossip off as news.

  33. valleymiss says:

    One thing that stood out for me from Ann’s goodbye speech was when she was talking about her new position traveling the globe and she said something like, “I’ll be covering the stories that most of us got into journalism to cover.” Something like that. Basically the implication was that Today has gotten way too fluffy and totally lost the plot on hard news.

  34. F5 says:

    Did she say “Goodbye goodbye goodbye”?

  35. Prim says:

    These morning show anchors take themselves too seriously and are way too cutthroat. Noone really cares about them. They care about the interview subjects. Sure Ann Curry’s faux soft concern was annoying , but they are all phony.

  36. the original bellaluna says:

    Also, take a look at their legs – both have them crossed: hers facing away from him (with arms crossed); his facing away from her.

    I wouldn’t have looked at him either; unless it was down my nose, like I was so far above him but could still smell his shit.

    p.s. apparently I was prescient in my wish that ML’s wife would make the Olympics a “family vacation” – way to go, wifey!

  37. Belle says:

    I feel for Ann, as the departure was handled badly… but I’m wondering where all the ‘Ann is awful!’ people are?

    Not a big fan of this show, so maybe I don’t watch it enough to judge fairly. From what I have seen, I thought Ann was terrible. Probably nice enough as a person, but not a good fit as co-anchor on the show.

    She still deserved a better send-off though. With that said, given the circumstances of her ‘goodbye’, I kind of feel like she should have kept it short and sweet. Not saying she didn’t deserve some time to speak, nor do I fault her for being emotional. It just seemed to get even more awkward as she tried to ramble on.

  38. Stubbylove says:

    I fully agree that she was not a good fit for the co-anchor position. Logic needs to prevail over emotion in these type of decisions. That being said, it’s very hard not to feel empathy for her and her genuine tears. I hope and know she’ll kick ass in her next role.

  39. Just Me says:

    Matt ‘Liar’, sitting with his arm on the back of the couch behind Ann Curry was quite a telling position to take. It seemed to be a deliberate affront, not only to Ann but to the viewers, intimating he was large and in charge. Sorry, mega fail!
    Not large, not in charge! Instead he revealed himself to be bully big, oozing ego leaking slime.
    Karma time is a comin’ round the corner . . . Matt Liar, here TODAY gone Tomorrow!
    Good things are worth waiting for.
    PS: He’s no Tom Brokaw!

  40. Lindsey G. says:

    At first I didn’t care, but then when I watch her say, “I’m sorry…I tried…but I just couldn’t carry the ball.” I feel sad for her and PISSED OFF cause you know that is some “this damn prick got me fired,” euphemisms right there. What a prig Lauer is >_<

  41. Turd Fergussen says:

    Ann Curry is 55?! Dayum! She looks 35.

  42. Embee says:

    I think she is going to blossom, and be a presence along the lines of the (actually incomparable) Christiane Amanpour. She’ll have the last laugh.

  43. mimi says:

    He was such an actor and able to fake “care and sympathy” while he was the one to give her the boot.

    I have no idea how she managed to avoid being fake and “nice” to him or being nasty and bitchy to him.

    Both responses would have been legitimate.

    That moment was so hard, and he was stuck there pretending to not be the reason for her being fired…

    I liked her, I think we should have more nice people who are not bitches in the media.

  44. Anna says:

    I did not love Ann Curry as a host for Today, but she definitely has more class than Matt Lauer & NBC combined. She was pretty gracious to a company and a man who basically bitch-slapped her and sent her packing.

    I honestly believe she will never talk badly about them in the press, either. She’s just better than that. A**hole Matt Lauer has proved that he, on the other hand, is a pretty miserable human being. And a spoiled bully.

  45. Mooshi says:

    They said she had a “big heart”.

    The news stations dont want big hearts. They want journalists that manipulate, twist and turn the truth to suit their agenda.

    They want journalists that make us all hate each other. They want journalists that openly make fun of American people.

    THAT is why she was fired. She couldn’t be a predator.

  46. Jill says:

    I don’t watch the show anyway, but with that being said they really dogged this woman.
    If I had ever watched this show I wouldn’t anymore because I would not support the sexist pigs.

  47. Riana says:

    They treated her like she was nothing.

    A 15 yr career and they all sat seemingly bored as she teared up, cried, and gave hints that she wasn’t ‘right’ (read: subservient to Matt) and that she’d really tried.

    No clips, no nice going away, no celebration.

    I dont care if only one viewer tuned in under her term. She still WORKED for them for 15 yrs and deserved far more respect.

    Neither my mother or I will ever watch the Today show again, they seem to consider women disposable and replaceable. Not a thing I wish to support.

  48. martin says:

    Matt Lauer SUCKS!!!

    Ann should have SLAPPED his BALD-HEAD FACE!!!

    With Savannah Guthrie in the seat, I wonder how long will it take Matt Lauer to IMPREGNATE her?!?!?!

    I give him 15 months, MAX!

    Best wishes to Ann Curry,


    • RHONYC says:

      speakin’ of bald. i’m not a religi-loony, but as they say “god don’t like ugly” and the truth is there on his bald be-hind!

      how the hell do you go from being one of the most smokin-hot handsome news guys married to a fashion model 20 yrs ago to now a bitter, withered shell of a man is beyond me.

      do right by people & life will do right by you i always say!

      tsk-tsk-tsk. 🙁

  49. poopie says:

    Ann’s departure should not have been such a public event. it should have been done in private and the explanation could have come from savannah the next day, short and sweet; but to put ann thru that with the asswipe who ‘departed her’ sitting within spitting distance of her, it was just cruel and an awful thing to watch. i felt sorry for her.

  50. kitty-bye says:

    :F GRRr

  51. erika says:

    I don’t understand why they are getting rid of her. She was always my favorite. She was the most sincere and never bullshitted anything. Matt is such an ***hole.

  52. LucyOriginal says:

    As Valleymiss pointed it out, I really liked she said something like that: “I’ll be covering the stories that most of us got into journalism to cover.”

    Yes,she is a journalist not some anchor to cover fluffy “news” and get tough on celebrities because they are as phony as celebrities are (side-eye to ML on this one). I mentioned her body language on the thread of the day she departure and I will say it again: it speaks volumes!

    I am glad she has a big heart and it is not fake, which means she can cover incredible stories and relate to the stories she tells.
    Quoting two phrases from the movie up close and personal:
    ” What we in the news business can never forget is that we are only as good as the stories we tell. ”
    “- He’s so stupid!
    -He’s an anchorman.”

  53. donnadew says:

    The reason Ann got fired was that she was forever crying and demanding attention, like all those times she shouted down the other people on that show, gained the floor and had nothing to say. Her narcissism and ruthlessness was only exceeded by her unprofessionalism. They all obviously hated her by the time she left. Sorry but that’s the truth.

  54. palermo says:

    The comments on every site seem to be negative toward Matt, not sure why he has so much sway at the network

  55. Carolyn says:

    Is Lauer the “Ryan Seacrest” of Today? I’m Australian and have no insight into Today show politics. Did Matt really have an affair/s and one of them is the new co-host? And Ann is being shafted for this reason? Unbelievable. With Palermo, why does he have so much influence? Please enlighten me, Americans.

  56. Jover says:

    For a different take, read Joe Queenan’s piece in section C of the Weekend Wall Street Journal assailing this concern for Ann Curry: I quote the penultimate paragraph:”SO can we all hold the tears when Ann Curry’s name comes up. My advice to her is simple: Get yourself a real job. NOt a job where you sit on the couch for two hours and gasbag with the planet’s most fiendish self-promoters. No, a real job.
    The kind of thing millions of Americans can only dream of.” I would venture to say that his opinions are shared by millions of people, and he directed his vitriol toward the knuckleheads in sports, politics, and entertainment in general.

  57. mattlauerrocks says:

    juicy office gossip ON TV!

  58. RHONYC says:

    this is a gut reaction, cause i need to research this story further, but Lauer is a dirty, dirty pill @ min 1:23 he looked like he wanted to punch her in the face after her voice cracked. he loathes her & its despicable b/c she really brought so much to that network.

    but 2 things:

    1. love, love, LOVE how she ran off her resume, that Lauer DOESN’T have b4 she started to cry. haha! good one darlin’!

    2. love, love, LOVE the future she’s got ahead of her. she’s super CLOSE with Brangelina (remember she covered Shiloh’s pre-birth in Namibia)! People in high, HIGH places trust her journalism.

    get that tell-all book on the NYTimes BSL, Ann! Girl power honey! brush off that sting and move towards grander horizons.

    we see you, baby! 😉

  59. lil says:

    Matt, I hope you get as good as you gave.
    You deserve much more than you gave Ann.