With Matt Lauer rumored to be largely responsible for the firing of Ann Curry, it was only a matter of time before he was called out for his actions on national television. That time appeared to come on Thursday when the typically happy Al Roker made a comment that appeared to be directly aimed at Lauer.
The two Today Show hosts were taking part in an Olympic rowing segment alongside Savannah Guthrie when the US team explained a tradition in which they throw one of their teammates into the water after each race.
Matt Lauer immediately commented:
“The tradition here in NY is you throw her in the Hudson River.”
Al Roker than chimed in:
“Which is different than OUR tradition … which is you throw one of us under the bus, but that’s another story.”
Savannah Guthrie, who is Ann Curry’s replacement, and Matt Lauer both let out an awkward chuckle and than continued on with the segment.
If its true that part of Matt Lauer’s decision for resigning with the Today Show was that Ann Curry be fired, then I say all the more power to Al Roker for his candid honestly.
In the meantime, my wife and I have long watched the Today Show specifically to see what crazy, weird, and awkward comments Al Roker would make during random segments. Given Roker’s track record here, it is quite possible he was not attacking Matt Lauer to call him out but instead simply making another awkward Al Roker created joke.
Do you think Al Roker was calling out Matt Lauer?