Matt Lauer Refuses Pay Cut, Fired Today Show Staffers Allegedly Irate at Anchor

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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.

Downtrodden Matt Lauer

“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!


Matt Lauer probably doesn't read our comments and if by chance he does, he care less. So, let Matt enjoy this life BC there is another life eternal coming soon. Don't forget karma could fall on his children. All good material things in life do come to a end.


P.S. put Ann in his place!!


I don't see any problem what matt did. If I was him I wouldn't take a pay cut either. NBC has plenty of money to where he wouldn't have to take a cut, that's just ridiculous.


If you put his brain in a bird, the bird would fly backwards.


If you put Matt Lauer's brain in a bird, the bird would fly backwards.


He is like a nasty pit bull that needs a good boot in his little balls! Hell has a special seat reserved for him.


I have been watching the Today show sisnce I was 15. I am now 70 and I do promised to never watch it again as long as Matt Lauer is on the air.
He is a true Bastard.


Lauer thinks only of one person, Lauer!
He has no class, is selfish, shroud & a huge egotistical problem! He has yet to
have his day of full on karma; it'll come!


Just because Matt Lauer is a goods oolong man doesn't mean that he can't or shouldn't be let go. People lost their jobs because he wouldn't take a 1% pay cut, NBC is pathetic. Just reading this article is enough to get me to watch God Morning America. $25million and he couldn't help save other people's jobs, by taking a cut. He really thinks that he is just that great. What a loser !!!!


As far as I'm concerned, that sniveling and sneer-filled MORON Matt Lauer needs to EXPERIENCE the following 3 things: (1) The unemployment line. (2) A much needed reality check. (3) And...some serious Rogaine...LOL!!!!!

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