One day last fall, Matt Lauer walked out of his 30 Rock office and took the elevator to the 51st floor to see Steve Burke, the chief executive of NBC Universal. Lauer was feeling down. Week after week, he was getting pummeled by the press for the sinking fortunes of the Today show. The veteran host was being blamed for the messy departure of Ann Curry and the downward ratings spiral of what had been the iconic program in morning television. “If you think the show’s better off without me, let me know,
Have never watched it. Don´t see any reason to watch it. If not for blogs like this they would not exist. Just my opinion but there are probably more critics watching just to make reports than real fans.
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Fiesta del sol, 3/11/2013 9:23:14 AM (No. 9219010)
Supposedly Lauer offered to quit, and his boss said “You’re the best person who’s ever done this,”...umm, not sure if that´s a compliment.
Today´s ratings are tanking, but I doubt it´s because of Lauer. None of these people will admit that there´s a silent boycott of anything NBC because of their rabid left wing bias. How can MSNBC call every Obama opponent a racist, and not have it affect viewers?
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mary Ellen, 3/11/2013 11:13:17 AM (No. 9219250)
I read somewhere that Lauer had an affair with Natalie Moralis and his wife said she would leave if Natalie stayed on the show. I don´t know if she did because I wouldn´t be caught dead watching "Today." I can´t stand Lauer and I couldn´t stand Katy either. Who watches the networks anyway? They get their talking points from the White House.
Who watches the networks, a poster asks? Millions of people. It´s funny that some here post about how irrelevant the nets are, then in other posts complain about how the nets are so powerful they got Obama elected.
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