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!

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"It would never cross Matt's mind to voluntarily take a pay cut"...yeah right. Come on...it did cross Matt's mind (more than once). Matt Lauer is nothing but a vain and insufferable windbag who only cares about himself. This latest twist in the wind (or whatever) is further proof that The Today Show's ratings are sinking faster (and even worser) than BOTH The Titanic and The Poseidon combined. Matt Lauer=INHUMANE JACKASS!!!!!

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let's hope someone will show him the back door.

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On the bright side he has aged 10 years in the last year. That is due to the fact that he is surrounded by Bad Karma. A Nasty, Mean, little man. He is not worth $25 a week....people do not like him.

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How dare he treat Paula Deen the way he did with the long list of affairs, bastard child, GREED!!! Try to make PD feel like dirt for trying to save her empire while he let people lose their jobs because he's so greedy!!!

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He isn't sexy or good Looking. He's a JERK!!! NOT worth .25% of what he's getting paid. Today Show, do your viewers a favor fire his ugly face.

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He is the Biggest Smuck!! Get rid of him. I quit Today show years ago.

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Fire him and bring the other staffers back. NO ONE sitting in front of a camera is worth $25 million dollars!!!!!!!

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What a huge cocksucker. Selfish and ugly to the bitter end.

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