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More Matt Lauer gossip (Friday 3/1/13)
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Posted - 3/1/2013 9:58:53 AM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
(From The New York Daily News-Friday 3/1/13)
Longtime host Matt Lauer’s role at ‘Today’ is under scrutiny, say insiders at NBC.
The “Today” show has fallen harder than Jennifer Lawrence on Oscar night. A former NBC executive tells Confidenti@l that as the former number one morning show slips into third place locally (and New York is the most vital U.S. market), replacing Matt Lauer is now seriously on the table.
“They are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. They can shift things around, but it’s not helping,” says our source.
“Their short-term solution is looking for new experts to replace some of the familiar faces that have been on the show forever. What they also need to do is hire someone to shake up everything and have the discussion about what to do with Matt.”
“Today,” which had held the top spot in mornings for the past 16 years, is now behind both “Good Morning America” and Fox 5’s morning show “Good Day New York,” losing to both in the February sweeps. “GMA” pummeled “Today” for the third week in a row, while “GDNY” won the coveted 25-54 age group.
“‘Today’ can’t continue like this,” says our source. “If they don’t act soon, the show will be a distant memory.”
Our source adds that Comcast, the network’s owner, is “aggressively” looking to add another executive producer to the show. However, “they are having a lot of trouble finding anyone until the network makes the one change that needs to be made – replacing Matt Lauer,” the source said.
Posted - 3/1/2013 1:33:47 PM | show profile | flag this post
How the mighty have fallen!
Posted - 3/1/2013 2:02:33 PM | show profile | flag this post
I have little doubt that their "source" is a boss at NBC/Comcast, playing CYA since they just gave Lauer a new contract and probably now regret it.
Posted - 3/1/2013 3:49:42 PM | show profile | flag this post
Today falling ad rates
That's what happen, when a network practiced the hate crime of racism. You wonder if the reason they lost to Fox 5, is because Juliet Huddy, started to do the AM show, at Fox.
Posted - 3/1/2013 5:28:09 PM | show profile | flag this post
Thought it was noteworthy....
that Lauer didn't go on the "Friday field trip" to Miami last week. And wasn't even in the promos for it.
Posted - 3/2/2013 3:35:57 AM | show profile | flag this post
I guess it's possible that he's tired of waking up at 3 am and will just walk away.
he's certainly accomplished everything he can at Today.
but if he wants to keep hosting the show, I don't think he's going anywhere.
do you really see them writing a check for $100 million or so to get rid of him?
Posted - 3/3/2013 12:23:56 AM | show profile | flag this post
If he does leave (which I personally hope he does) for all that's been said about him being the reason that Ann Curry was let go and it seems that a lot of viewers blame him for that, I have a feeling that they'll still put the "pursue other interests and/or spend time with the family" spin on it, as if folks will actually buy it.
Posted - 3/3/2013 3:01:34 AM | show profile | flag this post
Curry to me is very similar to Conan.... for all the "woe is me" stuff, neither one delivered the ratings when they were given the big chair.
And one could argue that neither had done anything to deserve the big chair in the first place.
Posted - 3/3/2013 2:36:42 PM | show profile | flag this post
Very true...Conan and Curry didn't deliver the goods...But Conan walked out with $40 Million and you would have thought they threw him out on the street the way he bitched and moaned. I don't know what Curry got but it was more than anyone else I know who ever got the boot. I don't feel sorry for any of those people. Their egos are just completely out of control. But on the other hand, NBC execs have no idea how to fire people as the Leno/Conan disaster showed. It's amazing how so many incompetent people make it to such high positions...