Matt Lauer opens up on Ann Curry and her exit from NBC
The thoughts of Matt Lauer on Ann Curry reveal that he had nothing to do with her ousting from The Today Show, and that he thought the situation could have been handled differently.
“I don’t think the show and the network handled the transition well," Lauer tells The Daily Beast. "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.” It would appear as though Lauer has finally had enough, after a year of castigation over the Curry scandal, and also being blamed for the show’s drop in ratings. He’s now ready to leave his $25m-a-year over it, too. “Matt is not happy,” a source said. “He has started saying he wants to get out of ‘Today.’ ” Steve Capus - the former NBC News president – is on Lauer’s side, and defends him, saying: “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. “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 that he disagreed with.”
Apparently, following Curry’s exit, Lauer was more than willing to co-host alongside Katie Couric. In fact, he asked her if she would be willing to return, considering the pair had dominated that time slot for nearly a decade.