Source: Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite
After many months of rumors and criticism, Matt Lauer is speaking out about Ann Curry‘s exit from Today, the show’s struggles, and contacting Katie Couric about returning. In an interview with Howard Kurtz, Lauer said the network didn’t handle Curry’s exit very well. It was “a disaster waiting to happen.”
“I don’t think the show and the network handled the transition well. You don’t have to be Einstein to know that,” Lauer said. “It clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn’t handle a family matter well.”
Noting the criticism the show was getting, Lauer further noted that “some of it was self-inflicted and perhaps deserved.”
Lauer, himself, was the subject of much backlash, being blamed for the pushing Curry out. So much so, that he apparently offered to step aside. NBC executive Steve Burke recalled Lauer telling him, “If you think the show’s better off without me, let me know, and I’ll get out of the way.” Burke told Lauer he was “the best person who’s ever done this.”
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