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Ann Curry Fired: Matt Lauer and his crocodile tears.

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Ann Curry and her henchman Matt Lauer

 

Ann Curry and her henchman Matt Lauer

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Since Gawker first came out with a report back in March that Ann Curry would soon be on the way out courtesy of a leak that made it’s way to their hands (or was this skillful breaking of the ice to get us use to the shit that would soon befall us?) media junkets have been playing close attention as to how the drama would play out over the next coming months.

One thing that was understood even then was that Ann Curry for one reason or another was terribly unliked by Matt Lauer, her co anchor and grand daddy poobah and that he wasn’t about to sign on(for a paltry $25 million thank you very much) unless it was understood Ms Curry would somehow be shown the door. It was only a waiting game and Ms Curry knew it, to pretend she didn’t read the news or only just found about her planned ouster was ludicrous. To be sure the poor woman was a walking wreck these last few weeks and it showed when she interviewed with Ladies Home Journal  (whose cover she graces in August, how ironic and preposterous) when she all and out told readers that she sensed she was a phony (my words) or ‘wondered out aloud if she was good enough to do the job?’ Why she agreed to this interview is besides me but then again maybe she had no choice and was looking for a subtle way to halt momentum against her on the sly.

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But it was yesterday where the real madness set in as the world watched this very capable journalist being hurled off the cliff with a distant Matt Lauer who had orchestrated this very moment sniffling false tears and Ann Curry desperately trying to keep her distance from her henchman:

The video of her saying good bye is more entertaining than anything on that simpleton show. Chock full of subtext, body language and passive aggressive swipes. As soon as she says we’re a family here on this couch, she moves her whole body away from Lauer who tries to tilt closer with pretend concern while not altering his arrogant fat cat body posture one iota. Why do smug men over 50 all get that same uncouth body posture. When he hugs her, her arms fold over her body and she doesn’t hug back, whereas she hugs Roker who sits at a pronounced distance from the others looking uncomfortable. She clearly is repulsed by Lauer. Curry derides her “fancy titles” and reminds everyone of all the real field reportage she has done and says that’s the real journalism “most of us” got into journalism to do. Zing, zing. What a weird spectacle, as if someone had died. Matt Lauer is insufferable, unctuous and undeservedly arrogant, looking peeved when Curry shunned his hug and ruins his chance to look redeemable, and then condescendingly acts like her boss and zings her back, saying they’ll keep sending her away on planes and maybe tell her to “jump out a few.” Her tears were raw internalized rage. What a bizarre spectacle, so much energy and money for a show that’s utter drek and too annoying even as background noise. Is all of NBC run by a bunch of lame brained juveniles aka E Network types.

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How icky, (yes Matt had to pretend for the camera he was sad too) but of course that hardly compares to NY Post columnist and dragon in residence, Andrea Peyser who had this observation to make:

nypost: The “Today” show yesterday didn’t just fling Ann Curry, kicking and screaming, under the bus. The folks at NBC ran her over, backed up the monster truck, and, for kicks and giggles, executed her on live TV.

The show didn’t even display a single cheesy segment of her greatest hits, such as interviews with the Dalai Lama or Iranian chucklehead Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Or, to NBC’s distress, Curry jumping out of a plane and coming up alive.

Yikes, that’s some really scary shit. Being executed live on tv when you have spent your whole career being on it.

Whimpering like a wounded puppy, Curry proceeded to issue a series of cringe-worthy apologies for turning into a “sob sister.” And she made it clear as crystal that being bumped from the show was not her idea.

“This is not the way I expected to leave,” she said. Sob. Sniffle. Sob.

“For those of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line. But, man, I did try!”

Sob. Honk. Someone, please, give this lady a hug!

Well, not Matt Lauer.

Matt stared off into the distance during Curry’s cry fest as if anxious for his tee time, his arm draped carelessly over the back of the couch.

Did I see a knife in his hand?

Ms Peyser let me answer the question for you. You didn’t see a knife. You saw a bloody guillotine.

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  • Missjewel22

    Please sign my petition to let the Today show know how we feel about Matt Lauer!
     We are half a million strong and growing!

    http://www.repetitionr.com/repetitions/boycott-the-today-show–unless-they-get-rid-of-that-pompous-man-whore/890afa06-be3d-11e1-935e-0030483394fa

  • Btrabue

    I think NBC handled the Ann Curry discharged very poorly. Ann has put her life in danger for many years. I am very upset with NBC. I will not watch the TODAY show ever again. If Matt Lauer was behind this, well Matt can go jump in the lake and that’s saying it nicely. A wish Ann Curry much success and happiness.

  • Bowserf

    Thanks Ann Curry for wonderful jobs you did. I love you. I’ll not watch NBC with Matt Lauer and that tall woman. Good luck to you. You’re so much better than Matt. Hope to see you on TV soon.

  • Mema2026

    Ann Curry is a real CLASS ACT! how dare anyone belittle her body of work over all these years! I am incensed and do not intend to watch this piece of fluff show EVER again. I have an enourmous amount of respect for Ann and I despise the obvious arrogance of Matt Lauer. I would’nt have let him hug me either. what he needed was a sound slap in the face. I wish Ann Curry much happiness and future success. smacks of Racism to me as well!

  • Me

    Such falsehoods and ugliness, Mr.Lauer. The real winner is Ann Curry who has so much class well above whatever meanness you should dish out toward her. One day, Mr. Lauer will find himself at the bottom rung of the ladder for his insincerity toward this most genuine person. Good luck, Ms. Guthrie, you sure will need it and watch your back while working with this less-than-honest co-host; he could throw you under the bus just as fast as he threw Ann Curry. As a wise mother once said,
    “Ugly is as ugly does.” Catch my drift, Mr. Lauer?

  • Ticked

    Matt needs to be fired. The stupid execs at NBC need to stop kissing his A$$. Why doesn’t NBC ever ask viewers how they rank hosts?

  • NRheersche

    I think Matt Lauer should have his ass-tossed to the curb. If Natelia M. leaves, that’s the end of the Today Show for me. I would watch Hota Kotb, but I would hate the thought of Matt getting his evil claws into her. The Today Show may not win any awards next year (I hope) after their little scheme they pulled on Ms. Ann Curry. Seems she did fine when she was not a co-anchor with erogant Matt (ass) Lauer. I dislike him even more then I did before he got Ann tossed to the curb. If they think Savanah will be a better co-host than Ann, think again. Will Giest is far more of a man than Matt ever thought about being. Re-structure NBC by getting rid of Matt!

  • Joe Dekowski

    I’m not watching the today show again. I never did much, only to see Ann Curry do her reports. The rest of the show is gossip. I see the people standing on the street outside that studio like a bunch of fools. I hope NBC goes belly up.

  • catb

    I will never watch NBC Today Show again — Ann Curry was the best — poise, integrity, and grace. Her exit was a terrible thing to watch — she could have “taken a bullet” and simpered about moving forward to bigger.better things — and she didn’t. Her genuine, thoughtful, and professional nature showed itself yet again. It took courage for her to exit as she did. Brave woman! Good things will follow for her — and I will follow wih her whereever she lands. A classy lady!

  • Blickes

    Today show never to be watched in our house again!!!!! I love Ann Curry She is an amazing woman to say she loves everyone from the show. I think I would have told them to go where to sun don’t shine. To blame this one the ratings in a freaking Crock. She made that show and I am sorry but Savahhna is not my pick for her spot. She has no emotion, I do not think I can laugh and cry with her as I did Ann!!!! Ann you will be missed by all!!! Our house woke up with the Today Show for the last time. You want ratings to go up, that was a bad move. They are headed down day by day!!!!

  • Guest22

    Matt Lauer should be moved out as this is the beginning of the end for his viewership’s loyalty. What a spectacle.

  • Chamoses

    This is the final straw!!! I will NEVER again watch the Today show. Matt Lauer needs to go, not Ann Curry. Why is it that all of these MEN (i.e. Bryant Gumbel getting Deborah Norville fired) can not get along with their co-anchors? They are our true bullies. Ann, we will miss you. You have better things ahead of you then to have spent one more day on that show sitting along side that idiot!!

  • Storm

    Very distressing she was a professional journalist who was better than her cohost, that I liked and respected despite his growing self-importance….no more off the Matt wagon. She shined and so much not like the rest of the fakes there. Guthrie is so lame in comparison how can Lauer not look better. Whats all the fuss about Morales, she reads the news ok meh!!!!