Ann Curry to Matt Lauer: SHUT UP!

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Ann Curry feels betrayed by NBC and Matt Lauer and just wishes her former Today colleague would shut his yap, according to a new tabloid report.

This week, he admitted the show messed up firing Curry - or at least how it was handled - but he also made other comments that were less flattering.

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He told the Daily Beast that she wasn’t his first choice to replace Meredith Vieira, and that he lobbied for Katie Couric to rejoin the show instead.

The two were even prepared to team up on a syndicated daytime show, but negotiations broke down and Katie went to ABC, while Matt stayed put.

Caught in the crossfire - as she was back then - is Ann.

“Ann just wants to move on from her departure from Today, and she has," says a source. "However, she isn’t allowed to give any media interviews."

"Ann was infuriated by Matt’s comments. The network has said from the onset of Ann’s demotion from the show that Matt had no power over the decision."

"Yet, in the same interview he admits to talking to Katie Couric for over a year. Clearly, Matt has a lot of clout to be engaged in high level talks of a potential hire!"

"It’s just another slap in Ann’s face."

How involved is he? Lauer was solely responsible for Curry's ouster, according to some sources, while others describe his role as less substantive.

Today, after a 16-year lead over Good Morning America, fell to #2 behind ABC’s morning show last year, and the gap only widened after Ann Curry's firing.

Particularly bothersome to Curry, allegedly, “is the outpouring of public support being given to Matt Lauer from the network brass at NBC."

"She just hasn’t had that at all. Ann was fired from the show and essentially sent off to Siberia. Ann’s on-air time has been drastically slashed."

"She knows that NBC has no plans to let her out of her contract, and so she will just try and make the best of a bad situation,” the insider added.

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I miss Ann!


I loved Ann and have not watched the Today show since her firing. I believe that Matt is full of himself and probably a bully. GMA is great.


Ann should not get so emotional mainly because Matt Lauer may be fired if he does not help the morning show on NBC to increase its ratings. That, right there, is her justice because he may lose his job.


I think you're all crazy. Ann sucked as a show host. She doesn't have what it takes as a leader. I don't even like her journalism on Rock Center. It's something with her voice. GMA and The Today Show have dumb stories that you wonder how on earth they found these people to but on the air. Too silly at times. And who cares about the family who keeps having more babies, 19. That's not a story, that's stupidity. Look for people that can a difference in this world.


Ann Curry was not an asset to the Today Show. She's a nice person but not a great show host. Her voice would change when she interviewed people. I didn't care for her at all. She had no chemistry with Matt. I also felt that Ann stumbled a lot during interviews. Savannah is wonderful and very professional and knowlegeable. So, how can you blame Matt Lauer for Ann's mistakes. I think that's very unfair.


Seams that NBC is not thinking, first they let go Katie Couric, then Ann, which was a bad replacement for Katie and now they are thinking of letting go Mat?
Who is making these dessitions? GMA?


I still like the today show..some days i could do with the Take 3 being behind the news at the 9:00 a.m. hour. Not usually up to see Lauer anyhow. Katie Couric and Ann Curry..their time has past!


Sounds like Karma to me. Ann was never the problem on the today show, quite the contrary! GMA is the place to go for my mornings now!


Let me see...(1) The Today Show's ratings are the PITS. (2) Matt Lauer's very shaky marriage is STILL in trouble. (3) And, Matt himself is acting like such an egotistical train-wreck. Poor Matt...NOT NOT NOT!!!!! Insufferable asshole!!!!!


Katie was the worst ever. Ann just doesn't have the polish. Matt has a lousy personality.

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