Friday, June 29, 2012
When Ann Curry snubbed Matt Lauer on the Today Show yesterday morning, the tongues began to wag in newsrooms and living rooms around the country.
In spite of the Network’s sly attempt to maneuver the co-anchor off the once-popular morning talk show without a nasty spat in the glare of the spotlight, it was evident from what went down on the broadcast that Curry was being shown the door.
Her farewell speech said it all.
“For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t come carry the ball to the finish line. But, man, I did try."
From where Matt Lauer sat, she was more the “ball breaker” judging by the gossip that was circulating in newsroom gossip circles of late. Apparently, she was “bitchy” and rubbed key players at the Network the wrong way, if what “they” say is true.
In the wake of her heartfelt musings on air - which brought a tear to her eye – it didn’t escape anyone’s attention that when Matt leaned over to give her a peck on the cheek – she turned away.
The surprised high-profile host nearly ended up kissing dead air! The look on Matt’s face was priceless. If ‘ya ask me, he was furious, judging by the look in his eye.
Earlier on in the segment, Matt insisted it wasn’t a “good-bye”.
“We’ll probably have you back to board a plane or jump out of one,” he kidded.
But, after the notorious snub yesterday, I expect he’ll be the first to try and “push her out” the open door of the aircraft midflight.
Apparently, there was some friction between the two. Insiders swear the normally congenial host gave the nod to give her the “heave ho”.
Before the dust had settled, Lauer was chatting up her replacement (no official announcement has been made yet but they say it is Savannah Guthrie) in a segment a couple-of-hours later this morning.
That Lauer is cold, man!
Just recently the balding TV personality demonstrated his skills at shadow-boxing, too, when rumors persisted that Ryan Seacrest was waiting in the wings to oust him from the Today Show when contract talks allegedly went awry with the Network Brass.
Lauer aced out the effervescent DJ-cum-Producer in about two-seconds flat, but not before negotiating a long-term iron-clad agreement and a big fat pay check to boot.
But, does Lauer have the midas touch when it comes to almighty ratings?
News at 11!