Since people feel that Matt Lauer is the reason Anne Curry was fired from her position at Today, the host frequently has people yelling at him on the street of New York City.
TMZ reports that Lauer is a little “freaked out” about being blamed for his co-worker’s dismissal. In fact, sources explained that the co-host is “miserable” over the whole affair.
Anonymous sources also said that Matt Lauer feels hassled by New York City residents since he claims he had nothing to do with Curry’s departure from the show.
Folks have taken to shouting things like “You’re a bad guy!” or “You got Ann fired. Does that make you happy?” when they spot Lauer on the streets.
Some people have even started joking about Matt’s $25 million salary, which reportedly left him feeling “abused.”
“It’s driving him crazy. He’s so unhappy,” a source close to the network revealed.
According to Fox News, the drama surrounding the alleged problems between Matt Lauer and Anne Curry have caused some of the morning show’s crew members to split into two opposing camps.
Another source close to the network told the website:
“No one is at fault here. But things over there are not good, and this was the natural progression that happened. There are the people that love Ann because she’s so sweet and loyal and gives it her all. There are the people that adore Matt because he’s done so much for so many people.”
The New York Daily News points out that Matt Lauer was originally prepared for the backlash Anne Curry’s departure from Today might cause. At the time, the co-host was having to deal with a number of angry viewers on Twitter.
“They have an opinion and two thumbs, and that gives them the right to do whatever they want,” he explained.
Are you a fan of Matt Lauer? What do you think about the strangers who harass and hassle the Today co-host over Anne Curry’s departure?