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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The incident with Ann proved that Matt and the Today show has lost its class and viewers. No more Today show for me. Matt needs to powder his scalp. Too darn shiny.

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Bring Ann Curry back! Get rid of the make-up info spots, the monotonous clothing spots, & the outrageous vacation spots. Watching much of the Today Show is like leafing through a dusty old no brain magazine in the car repair shop. Matt Lauer should just go into modeling. He makes me ill. Ann Curry has dignity, integrity and compassion as well as brilliant intelligence. Lester and Ann, now that would be a dream come true.

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I want Lester back on he makes the show in the morning and all the time. I like Mat also but I want to see Lester back on in the morning he has always been there for you if RATING are down it is not because of Lester thats the reason I watch wxii get him back thanks.

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I stopped watching the Today show. Fire Matt Lauer now and bring Ann Curry back!

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I LIKE EVERYONE IN TODAY'S SHOW EXCEPT MATT LAUER. I HAVE ALWAYS WATCHED TODAY'S SHOW FOR PAST 20 YEARS. I SPECIFICALLY LIKE ANN, SHE IS SUCH A TRUE PROFESSIONAL AND GOOD HEARTED. I CAN NOT IMAGE WHY NBC FIRES HER DESPITE ALL HER STAR QUALITIES. I WILL NEVER WATCH TODAY'S MORNING SHOW UNTIL LAUER IS GONE. I STILL WATCH EVENING AND WEEKEND SHOWS. I MISSED TO WATCH AL AND OTHER CREWS, BUT WILL NEVER GO BACK UNTILL LAUER IS GONE.

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I will not watch the Today show anymore! I think they should have gotten rid of Matt!! It is his huge ego and paycheck that should have left!!! I love the rest of the cast!!! I miss watching them but I won't watch as long as Matt is on there !!

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I guess I am out of step with most of the comments . I I like Savanna very much!!! She is a very smart young woman I liked Ann .I didn't think she got a fair deal but Ididn't like a lot of her interviews,that low ,whispery voice was just "too much" We all knew whatever it might be was a tragedy .When she went to Japan and their wasthe nuclear problem etc, She did a great job. I have tried to watch GMA a couple of times and it doesn't! Do a thing for me. Most of the time I think TODAY does. A Great job. Can't be perfect all of the time. Matt isMatt , Probably
Gave him too much money ( is any one worth what they ll get?)he has had quite an ego for as long as I can remember. BUT they are still by far the best! Hands down!!!!

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I loved and still love Ann Curry as she is a passionate woman when she interviews and one can see what a lovely woman she is. Because Matt Lauer did not like her was no reason to get rid of her. I used to be a dedicated viewer and now switched to GMA and really am not fond of Matt. Bring Ann back and certainly the ratings will go up for sure. The new one is okay but is not Ann, as a matter of fact cannot even remember the co anchor's name this is how seldom I now watch the Today show because I am really annoyed with Matt. I truly like Lester Holt as he too is a lovely and caring man and when he is on Sat. and Sun I watch him religiously.

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NO it wasn't Ann that made the ratings drop, it was when Matt was all hot and bothered to get casey anthony on his show that myself and thousands of others stopped watching. The more he tried the more viewers nbc lost. We also boycotted many of your sponsors too. And will again if he starts demanding her or any of her cohorts appear on your show.

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Matt has to much power and for him to think that letting Ann go would bring in the viewer's he is sadly mistaken Shame on you for allowing Matt to shame you into getting rid of Ann. People liked Ann for her kindness and compassion.. Did you listen to him at the opening ceromony of the Olympic's, his comment on it being creepy.. As much as we agreed with him, that comment should of been kept to himself, the British did a take on their humor and should of been respected. He has outlived his spot on the Today show. Ann's replacement is nice, but its not Ann. Everyone loves Lester, put Matt in Lester's spot and Lester in Matt's current spot.. Matt has lost his compassion and should do something else. Good Morning America has some funny people of their show, and thats what attracting viewer's to switch over.

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