Report: Matt Lauer Solely Responsible for Ann Curry Today Show Firing

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Savvy viewers noted it: Ann Curry did not look Matt Lauer in the eye during his farewell speech to her on Curry's final day as The Today Show co-host. She also barely acknowledged his hug.

Now we know why: according to an Us Weekly source, Lauer was "100 percent behind Ann leaving" the morning program after just one year, with the reporters "really icy to each other" in the days leading up to the official ousting.

"She refused to speak to him all week," an insider said of Curry.

Ann Curry and Matt Lauer

Curry has been demoted to foreign correspondent for NBC, while Savannah Guthrie now occupies her chair alongside Lauer.

But it didn't go unnoticed by many that Curry didn't officially introduce Guthrie last week, and on Savannah's first full day as co-host, nary a word was spoken about the woman she replaced.

Somewhere, Conan O'Brien is feeling Curry's pain.

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Just watched TODAY's segment of what the cast does for liesure in London. Matt couldn't have been more drab. Funny how he jumped to the cozy seat next to Natalie on the double decker bus ride as Nat giggled like a school girl. Mama Savannah and Papa Al play it off. The viewers aren't stupid. I totally miss Ann's class, style and personal touch. After Olympics, I'm switching to my local morning show in Chicago on ABC.

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I haven't watched the Today show since returning to the states and learning of Ann Curry's departure from the show. Matt appears to be following in the footsteps of his mentor, Bryant Gumble who also started the ball rolling on Jane Pauley's departure from the show. Both think they are what made the show but the reality is the show made them. Gum le was not successful when he left the show and neither will Matt be. Like Gumble, after many years I am tuning into GMA. Too bad she has that contract, I would love to see her at GMA!

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Been a Today Show fan since the days of Jane Pauley & bryant Gumble--a long time. I miss Ann! Savannah has no personality, neither does Matt for that matter. Ann was the one who gave that show heart. Stupid, stupid execs (& that includes the loser, Matt Lauer) who let her go. You guys really blew it! BTW, Sending Meredith V. & Ryan Secrest (?) to cover the Olympics instead of Ann, is just another nail in your coffin fellas. Ann was way more intelligent and personable than anyone put in her place. I hate to be blunt, but Meredith is as dumb as a rock, & Ryan is an empty shell. No more Today Show for me. I hope Ann sees this & knows we really cared for her.

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Matt Lauer is the one who needs to go. He's awful.

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I'm curious...why wasn't Matt demoted???? Ann is by far the more professional personable of the 2 of them relating more easeily and completely to the public, He comes off as arrogant and self-serving and completely out of touch with his viewers. We've been NBC viewers for more years than I care to admit but are now viewing the other news stations. I sincerely hope that one of the other stations pick her up and that will be the station that we watch!!!

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i too had switched to gma when they didnt promote ann curry and started watching again when ann became the cohost. cant you people see she is BY FAR the very best, she's the one that went to cover the trouble situations and went to the ends of the earth for those special coverages, whereas lauer was sitting pretty doing the prima donna coverages. ann is warm and caring and beautiful and that comes across her reportings. ann is a STAR!

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Are you people serious???!!! Ann couldn't have fun if her life depended on it. A refreshing change to see the crew being spontaneous. Ann will continue to be great with her "WAH WAH" specil reports!

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i miss ann curry. i tried to watch it's not the same borring to me. will watch another show

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I agree with all that Ann Curry was a real professional and I will stop watching TODAY because of the terrible way she was treated.I hope their ratings go down lower.

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Matt Lauer is a over-the-hill, talentless hack. If a woman's not adoring him, watch out! Ann was too talented for his tastes, and worked hard and even graduated from college -- which Lauer hadn't -- Lauer is a smooth operator, phony, is the farthest thing from a journalist there can be and he's aged poorly and unattractive. He shares the ratings drop but blamed it on Ann Curry. He is horrible at Olympic coverage, too. When will the NBC execs wake up? Lauer's over.