Interesting it now seems that cast and crew at NBC’s beleaguered ‘Today’ show are doing an about face after weeks of complaining about the show’s less than popular co anchor Matt Lauer saying that they don’t believe he had anything to do with Ann Curry being fired.
Reports radaronline this morning: “The cast and crew have rallied around Matt and feel that he has been unfairly blamed for Ann’s firing,” a source close to the situation tells Radar.”
So who pulled the trigger then? Well according to insiders the decision to let Ann Curry go was made by the show’s producer Jim Bell who has already come out publicly in a show of faith with Matt Lauer by insisting that it wasn’t Matt who caused Ann to go but him. Then again Mr Bell only came out and stated this after insiders opined that Matt Lauer was getting fed up with being a moving target and the fallback guy for the show’s recent losses in viewership.
Continues radar’s source (does someone get the feeling that there is pr campaign going on to resurrect Mr Lauer’s image all of a sudden? Especially after last week’s less than stellar insider revelation?):
“Matt is extremely supportive of the show and just wants to be back on top, he isn’t happy with being in second place and is working with the staff to get back to where they used to be. Matt has been unfairly blamed for things that are just simply beyond his control as far as the show is concerned. If Matt was such a tyrant to be around, why has he had the same assistant for over 15 years? Bryant went through a slew of assistants during his time at NBC and Matt has only had one during his tenure. A majority of the producers have also been on the staff for a number of years — if Matt was so horrible to be around, why isn’t there a revolving door of exits?”
Why isn’t there a revolving door of exits? Well perhaps that has something to do with all the pay them kind critters are getting paid at NBC and not to mention there aren’t exactly a whole slew of morning programs to suddenly jump to. But then again if the Today cast suddenly feel cheery about working with Matt Lauer and wish to
conspicuously express that who’s the wiser?
And what about Ann Curry? What’s the pr machine saying about her?
“Ann has been reporting for other NBC news programs as well. She certainly didn’t like getting sacked from being the co-host, but Ann is making the best of the situation and is a true professional. Fans of the TODAY show let the network know they missed seeing Ann and the plan going forward is to use her more. Hopefully that might bolster the show’s falling ratings.”
Interesting. Fire Ann but now grovel to get her back so it looks less like she wasn’t fired but just temporarily displaced. But then again why are you or me so worried about Ann (sorry Ann, I still adore you) when she’s making a sizable $10 million annual salary?
And least of all there’s Savannnah Guthrie who hasn’t necessarily been the success story off the bat producers had been hoping for:
“Savannah is truly settling into her role. She walked into a sh*t storm, which she had nothing to do with and has handled it with true class,” the insider says. “Savannah is truly part of the TODAY show family. She is wicked smart but she isn’t arrogant about it. The cast is truly working together.”
Yes the cast is truly working together as is the pr department. Watch out for future developments kids should the ‘Today’ show continue hemorrhaging viewership, suddenly it will be ‘well we hated Matt more than you can imagine,’ or will it?