Matt Lauer has stayed relatively mum on the ousting of Ann Curry from the Today Show even talking some of the blame after rumors began to swirl he had her fired, now Lauer sat down with The Daily beast to tell his side of the story! “It was a hard time for everybody.We were getting kicked around a lot. Some of it was self-inflicted and perhaps deserved.I don’t think the show and the network handled the transition well. You don’t have to be Einstein to know that. It clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn’t handle a family matter well.”
“When Matt was informed that we had made this decision, his good counsel was to go slow, to take care of Ann, and to do the right things,” says Steve Capus, who stepped down last month as NBC News president. “He was quietly and publicly a supporter of Ann’s throughout the entire process. It is unfair that Matt has shouldered an undue amount of blame for a decision he disagreed with.”
Lauer originally wanted his old buddy Katie Couric back on the show with him but that did not pan out and Katie went on to her own show on ABC. Lauer acknowledged her never had great chemistry with Curry like he did with Katie or Meredith Vieira and colleagues asked him to stop faking it.
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