Matt Lauer to Be Fired By NBC?!

by at . Comments

Embattled Today host Matt Lauer may soon be fired by NBC if the tanking morning show's fortunes don't turn around fast, according to a new report.

Lauer’s popularity has plummeted in the past year, according to the New York Times, and execs met with the staff to discuss the show's struggles.

A Matt Lauer Pic

Staff members were alleged told that, “what matters most is the anchor connection to the audience; what we need to work on is that connection.”

“What they meant was Matt. But no one would say it,” one senior staff member told the Times about the meeting held to to discuss Today focus group data.

Lauer was not at that meeting.

Employees who spoke to the Times said that Lauer may be flat-out fired soon, but at best, his contract will not be renewed when it expires in 2014.

It’s a stunning blow and dramatic downturn for a sexy beast who has helmed a morning show powerhouse for many years and makes $25 million per.

That all feels like ancient history now, though.

The firing of Ann Curry, and how poorly Lauer and NBC handled it, is largely seen as the catalyst for this fiasco. The question is whether it can be reversed.

A source at the show says on the condition of anonymity:

“The staff doesn’t like to see Matt lose his job, but it’s time for a change. It’s just too bad that the network fumbled the entire situation with Ann and Matt."

"Network bosses just gave Matt too much power.”

How bad has it gotten? Lauer’s Q Rating, a standard used to measure popularity, crashed from 19 to 9 from last September to January 2013.

That sent NBC scrambling to rehab their anchor’s image, with Lauer speaking out recently and saying his bosses were to blame for the Curry debacle.

That didn't sit well with Ann, who apparently wishes Matt would just shut up. Bottom line, it's a mess over there, which begs the obvious question:

Should NBC fire Matt Lauer?

 

Tags:
Avatar

After the way they handled Ann Curry, I don't care what they do. I think Matt could have insisted that Ann be honored the last few days as co-anchor. I was holding back tears for her during the 5 minutes Matt hastily spoke a few positive words about her contributions to Today. I have watching GMA most of the time. But every now and then, I have to see AL, Love Al..I had watched today for 30 years prior to this incident.

Avatar

Fire Matt, I don't watch his Show anymore!!

Avatar

What is nbc waiting for to fire Matt Lauer. I do belived as soon as nbc come to realized that he is killing their show the faster they will fired him. He just dont have what it takes to be a come back man. Come on nbc it is time to get raide of this monster and the most disliked anchor man on tv history. If you worry about who leaves after he is fired them your station is going to be the biggest loser. We will like to see a new fresh face man who has caracter and charmed to captured the viewers attention. Bye bye Matt Lauer.

Avatar

I have the same reaction to Matt Lauer as I do to rotting garbage.... "Why hasn't someone taken that stinken load of crap out to the curb for pick-up already? How much longer do I need to breath that stink? Get it out of here already! Please." Then I turn the channel. "Awwwwwww, now that's better."

Avatar

Matt's interviews are way too soft, especially those with Obama. If I didn't know better, I'd say they were dating!?!

Avatar

An avid Today Show viewer for over 20 years. When Ann was fired I quit watching,,,,,, Matt originally was a great anchor and personality until it went to his head. He needs to go.....

Avatar

he needs to go, he is a jerk and no wonder the ratings are low.....really the whole show sucks. no way they even come close to GMA !!!!!

Avatar

Note to NBC brass..... Check poll above...... 84.5% of those polled want "the Nose" Lauer gone. Time for the "sexy beast" to go back to his cave. PS.....the lame attempt to re-do his image with those lil PSA's with him talking about kids is not working. Al Roker still thinks he is a punk ! Dump the ugly mo.

Avatar

It really is nice to know that the viewers can make a difference! I haven't watched the Today show since Matt did the dirty on Ann. Throw him out! Hooray!!

Avatar

Matt Lauer makes me sick. Loved Ann Curry the wrong person fired. Go GMA. NBC fire Matt Lauer and Savannah. Let Ann out of her contract she deserves better then that.

x Close Ad