In an attempt to quell viewer resentment towards Matt Lauer who is increasingly being perceived as the perpetrator of the ouster of Ann Curry this past summer at NBC’s ‘The Today’ show, bosses are now trying to get Ann Curry to accept a luncheon date with her former co host Matt Lauer.
Yet for reasons yet not disclosed Ann Curry has repeatedly declined her bosses (she is still under contract with NBC) overture’s for her to have what insiders are calling a ‘friendly’ lunch with Matt Lauer.
Tells a source to the nydailynews: “The only way this can finally be put to rest is for Ann to publicly sit with Matt or issue a statement. For now, she is resisting. If it was easy to do, it would have happened by now.”
Which raises the question, why is Ann Curry not so warm to the idea?
Network execs are encouraging the duo to do lunch — preferably at media hotspot Michael’s in midtown — and make a public display of patching things up, a source tells [email protected] Marianne Garvey.
In the interim Matt Lauer it seems will get to keep his job despite the public’s panging for the return of Ann Curry and the slide in viewer ratings since her ouster this summer.
Such are the bickering details of life as a corporate media showman…