Ann Curry feels betrayed by NBC and Matt Lauer and just wishes her former Today colleague would shut his yap, according to a new tabloid report.
This week, he admitted the show messed up firing Curry – or at least how it was handled – but he also made other comments that were less flattering.
He told the Daily Beast that she wasn’t his first choice to replace Meredith Vieira, and that he lobbied for Katie Couric to rejoin the show instead.
The two were even prepared to team up on a syndicated daytime show, but negotiations broke down and Katie went to ABC, while Matt stayed put.
Caught in the crossfire – as she was back then – is Ann.
“Ann just wants to move on from her departure from Today, and she has,” says a source. “However, she isn’t allowed to give any media interviews.”
“Ann was infuriated by Matt’s comments. The network has said from the onset of Ann’s demotion from the show that Matt had no power over the decision.”
“Yet, in the same interview he admits to talking to Katie Couric for over a year. Clearly, Matt has a lot of clout to be engaged in high level talks of a potential hire!”
“It’s just another slap in Ann’s face.”
How involved is he? Lauer was solely responsible for Curry’s ouster, according to some sources, while others describe his role as less substantive.
Today, after a 16-year lead over Good Morning America, fell to #2 behind ABC’s morning show last year, and the gap only widened after Ann Curry’s firing.
Particularly bothersome to Curry, allegedly, “is the outpouring of public support being given to Matt Lauer from the network brass at NBC.”
“She just hasn’t had that at all. Ann was fired from the show and essentially sent off to Siberia. Ann’s on-air time has been drastically slashed.”
“She knows that NBC has no plans to let her out of her contract, and so she will just try and make the best of a bad situation,” the insider added.
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