Matt Lauer on Ann Curry Firing: We Messed Up

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It's been a very tough year for Matt Lauer.

The Today Show host has come under extreme fire for how he and NBC fired Ann Curry, while his program has sank to second in the ratings behind Good Morning America.

Matt Lauer Blows a Kiss

Speaking to The Daily Beast about the departure of his ex-colleague, Lauer admits it didn't exactly go smoothly.

“I don’t think the show and the network handled the transition well,” says Lauer. “You don’t have to be Einstein to know that. It clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn’t handle a family matter well."

Today is still struggling to recover, as Lauer says the series has been "kicked around a lot" but a lot of the damage has been "self-inflicted."

Having been the top-rated morning program for 16 years, Today now draws nearly one million fewer households than Good Morning America on a daily basis.

What has led to this reversal?

“We want people to feel good about a portion of their morning and we got away from that,” Lauer said, adding that much of the darkness is gone, by design.”

Lauer concludes, however, that he's the "luckiest guy I know" and he hopes to use the ratings decline as motivation:

“Who’s going to feel sorry for me? Nobody. In some ways being number-two in the ratings is a real shot in the arm, a kick in the pants. It makes you hungrier - I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have a fire lit under your ass.”

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I was saddened by Ann Curry's departure from the show. She was my reason for watching. My complaint about the Today Show is that everyone talks at the same time or talks over other people. Perhaps that could have something to do with low ratings.

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Ann Curry was my reason for watching the Today Show. Matt Lauer is my reason for NOT watching the today show (note the lower case is now used for the name of the show). When they replace the matt with Curry, I will be a fan again!

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Get rid of Matt! My heart broke for Ann c.

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Fire Matt-Rehire Ann Curry! Your ratings will rise again

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I was really saddened to hear she was no longer going to be on the show.....after so many yrs:(

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Are you kidding me?!?!? Matt Lauer was very smug (or whatever) about Ann Curry's firing. Yet, he has the nerve to wonder "who's going to feel sorry for him"? What an egotistical dirt-ball!!!!! JACKASS!!!!!!

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Here's a few 'mistakes' that need to be corrected. Actually they are things that keep me from watching this sinking ship:
1. Get rid of the lying Starless Jones.
2. Drop the fourth hour. Hoodi and Kasthy Lee are horrible. They talk at the same time waaaay too much. They are horrible!
3. Give Savanah Guthrie.her walking papers. She doesn't have an upper lip and is scary looking.
4. Cut down on the giggling and laughing like a horse. Everything that Al Roker says is not funny. As matter of fact, his 'humor' is getting kind of old.

Nakia d morgan
@ joenamherst

I agree with you on certain things! 1. Savannah's lip is scary...I mean in this day and age of botox she needs to do something about that non-existing lip...it freaks me out. 2. Yes too much giggling...like another comment said...they seem to always be rushing through something. Maybe if they get a little more serious then they will have enough time for their segments. I can take or leave the 4th hour...sometimes them ladies are funny sometimes they are not. Not sure why you called Star Jones a liar..but I have never been a fan.

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@ joenamherst

Dude...I totally agree with you about Star Jones!!!!! To me, that untrustworthy BITCH is the female version of that arrogant dip-shit Matt Lauer. And, worse..........

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Matt doesn't appear to respect anyone on TS....hard to see it as "family" at all. I left with Ann ....just not a matt fan...love GMA!

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Your rating might be better if you did not rush all the speakers and the cooking segment. Everything you do is a rush so not worth watching anymore.

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@ Henke

Agreed! Can't even enjoy the cooking segments because they go by so fast!

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Screw NBC AND ABC. For one they don't have CHARLIE ROSE! On CBS