Hey, at least Matt Lauer has someone in his corner!
With the embattled anchor continuing to face criticism for Ann Curry’s firing and for the faltering Today show ratings, Kathie Lee Gifford came out this week in support of her colleague.
“I don’t like somebody taking blame for something that they’re not responsible for,” Gifford said of Lauer and the many rumors that he pushed for Curry’s ousting.
Gifford, in fact, had the entire Today cast and crew sign a full-page newspaper ad in support of Lauer and planned on running it in USA Today, but backed off at Lauer’s request.
According to The New York Daily News, this is what the letter – signed by hundreds – read:
“We the people of the ‘Today’ show who work side by side, day by day, year in and year out with Matt Lauer are tired of unfounded and unrelenting stories by faceless characters regarding his character and reputation. No one has coerced us to sign this. With our signatures we stand in support of our colleague and friend.”
Said Gifford of her inspiration for it:
“We all wanted to say something to Matt and nobody wanted to put him in a position that would make him uncomfortable. So unbeknownst to anyone higher up at NBC, I just started this thing.”
It sure beats talking about Hoda Kotb’s landing strip!