Matt Lauer and Ann Curry Feud: It Was Personal!

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A new cover story in New York magazine seeks to expose the mess that has led The Today Show to its lowest ratings in year.

And while author Joe Hagan reports that Matt Lauer nearly left for ABC last year, the most explosive passages document that anchor contentious relationship with Ann Curry.

Former Today Show Crew

"Everybody at NBC, everybody at the Today show, everybody understood that Ann was kicked out of her position because Matt didn't want her there," an important NBC staffer told Hagan for the story. "That's why it was so personal between Ann and Matt."

In an especially sloppy handling, Curry was let go from the program last year - and this isn't the first time Lauer has been blamed for the firing.

Don Nash, a current Today producer, doesn't try to pretend that there was chemistry behind the former colleagues.

"You can't fake it for very long that early in the morning," Nash told Hagan. "I think viewers have a sixth sense about all that. If your two anchors don't like each other off the air, they're not going to be fooled if they love each other on the air."

Hagan adds that Curry and Lauer "barely spoke" when the cameras weren't rolling and that Lauer grew more and more "disgruntled" as time went on.

"He made it clear to friends that he was miserable with Curry and uncomfortable with his corporate masters at Comcast."

The situation was finally resolved with Curry's ousting in June 2012, a transition Lauer now admits was not handled well.

Pick up the latest issue of New York for a lot more insight into the ugly situation at NBC.

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Sorry, I totally agree, no matter what Lauer says. It was OBVIOUS he didn't like her. When she tried to joke, he scoffed at her. He gave her constant dirty looks ON CAMERA.

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Ann Curry looked to me like a person i would like to get to know. She always delivered the news with respect and as a true professional. I still miss seeing her on the Today Show. It always happens to the ones that cannot or to save face will not fight back. Hopefully she is being treated with respect in her current job. Miss seeing you in the morning Ann.

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I had indicated I wouldn't watch the Today show since Ann is gone and I haven't. I still blame Matt for her leaving. NBC made a big mistake letting Ann go, I truly miss her.

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Matt you better look out, because pay back is a mother. You sound like a Crab that pull other crabs back down in the bucket, trying to stay on top. The first will be last and the last will be 1st. You sounds like you need some cheese with you wine, and I dont mean the kind you drink.

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I'M REALLY SORRY TO HEAR THAT ABOUT MATT, I WAS VERY SAD WHEN ANN LEFT AS WELL AS KATIE, YOU GUYS WERE MY MORNING FAMILY, I LOVED THE TODAY SHOW. IT'S JUST NOT THE SAME ANY MORE, AS MUCH AS I LOVE AL, I MUST CHANGE TO GMA.

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Matt deserves to get fired or replaced. He got to big for his britches. Ann was loved and what he did to her was totally unacceptable. Hope you get what you dished out.

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Shame on you Matt, Ann is a fantastic person. You could learn from her.

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If Matt was a good man he would leave and never be seen again, what he participated in in getting rid of Ann is just as low as you can go, he's a bitch!

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................most killing too.

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Matt is a jerk.

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