Today Show Turmoil: Matt Lauer vs. Lester Holt!

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Ann Curry may be gone, but problems at The Today Show remain.

With ratings continuing to decline and the program losing out to Good Morning America on a regular basis, blame is starting to make its way all around to the show's golden boy: Matt Lauer.

"Staffers and producers at the Today Show hold Matt Lauer responsible for the continued decline in the ratings because they hold him responsible for Ann Curry being fired," a source tells Radar. "The staff wants Ann to be brought back and want Matt replaced with [weekend anchor] Lester Holt, but they know the odds of this happening are slim to none."

That's for sure. Lauer just signed a mammoth contract to remain lead anchor. Still, it bears asking: Who would you prefer to see behind the main desk?

And the Winner is?

Matt Lauer or Lester Holt? Which of these anchors would you prefer to see lead The Today Show? View Poll »

While we don't see another staff change happening any time soon, one must wonder how the program will respond if Al Roker and company continue to openly mock Lauer on the air.

It's suddenly getting more awkward on NBC morning than it will when Robert Pattinson walks Kristen Stewart down the Breaking Dawn red carpet.

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I, too, have had enough of Matt and have switched to another morning show (CBS This Morning). I watched TODAY for over 20 years and also hate the way Ann was treated by executives And Matt. What a jerk he is to have blamed the show's decline on Ann. What's his excuse now? Hopefully it's clear that the problem is HIM. While I don't think Ann should come back to work for the same dopes who fired her, I do think they could possibly win me back as a viewer if they got rid of pompous Matt.

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I have always watched Today show but you took off one of the best Ann Curry. Today show did her dirty & I think Matt had a lot to do with it. You lost one of the best. Didnt even give her a good send off.TODAY SHOW MADE BIG MISTAKE.I LIKE Savannah & Natalie but I dont have the respect for the show because the way you done Ann. I like Al too.But I dont have respect for Matt as I did & whoever was involved in letting Ann Curry go especially the way you did it. She deserves better.

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I agree with all of the above. Ann Curry was not the reason for the Today show's decline. I too have started watching other morning programming GMA and CBS and find both to be more informative and trendy. I don't dislike Matt L. But perhaps he has become too arrogant. Savannah has no chemistry. I think getting rid of Ann was the wrong move.

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Have not watched since Ann Curry left. Would like to see clips of Roker giving it to Lauer though. Lester Holt would be good in Lauer's spot, but they still have to bring back Ann for me to start watching again. Getting used to and liking GMA! I loved the reference calling it the Yesterday Show....how true!

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matt lauer(SMALL LETTERS ON PURPOSE) IS PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DECLINE OF nbc IN MY HUMBLE OPINION. He is totally responsible for me not watching nbc or their affiliates unless there is absolutely nothing else on all the channels.nbc bosses are guilty too for letting ml run the show.Things will change when ml is FIRED!! A national poll should be taken to show his lack of popularity.

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I haven't watched Today since Ann was fired. I love both Lester and David, and watch them other than on Today. Get rid of Matt! He and his on-air flirtations were embarrassing. How dare he input against Ann when she was the classiest person on the show!

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I like Gregory too!! He's better on Today than on Sunday morning. He likes to have a good time and we want to see that!!

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I missed Ann Curry!

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Love Lester Holt,however my first choice would be David Gregory. Just get rid of Matt Lauer.

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Taday Show has become boring/irrelevant. Too many fashion segments featuring clothes that people can't afford in this economy! Savannah G. seems like a nice person, but has a blah personality. Matt Lauer has a snooty attitude. Ann Curry got screwed the same way Stone Phillips did years ago!

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