Matt Lauer is not a popular man around The Today Show set these days.
That's been the case for a long time, of course, but Radar Online claims Lauer is especially under fire right now because nine employees were recently canned - and the anchor's alleged refusal to take a pay cut is being blamed for their pink slips.
“It has really irked the staff because Matt is the highest paid journalist in the business, and he only works four days a week!" the insider says. "If he had agreed to a one percent pay cut, those jobs could have been saved.”
Lauer earns $25 million per year, but rumors continue to persist that Today may fire its lead anchor.
For the first time in nearly two decades, Good Morning America beat Today in the May sweeps this spring.
Jay Leno, meanwhile, indirectly hurt Lauer's reputation last year when he sliced his own salary in half in order to avoid any staff firings.
“It would never cross Matt’s mind to voluntarily take a pay cut like Jay Leno did," this source adds. "What Jay did was total class, and he took responsibility for the situation. Matt has been calling the shots at Today for a very long time, and he could learn a lot from Jay.”
Earlier this summer, it came out that Lauer is demeaning and dismissive of Today staffers.
It just really isn't his year!