Joan Rivers Blames NBC Executives For ‘Today’ Show Troubles [Video]

Joan Rivers have pointed the finger of blame at NBC executives for the drama taking place behind-the-scenes at Today.

Although many people have taken issue with Matt Lauer over the past several months, the opinionated comedienne said the host isn’t to blame for the show’s recent troubles. Rivers believes NBC executives are the root of the problem.

“It’s run by a lot of white men that went to Ivy League school and didn’t keep up with the times. You can’t sit on your laurels,” Joan Rivers told the folks at HuffPost Live.

Although the Fashion Police host believes that NBC should accept the blame for troubles at Today, she also had a few choice words for Ann Curry. NBC executives might be sitting on their laurels, but Rivers feels Curry was just boring.

“First of all, Ann Curry, with all due respect [makes snoring sound],” Rivers joked.

She followed up her critique of Curry’s performance by doing an impersonation of her interviewing technique.

“Do you really like coffee? Really? That’s making me cry that you like coffee,” the comedienne said.

She added, “I used to scream at the set, ‘Shut up, b****!’ But she’s a very nice woman, and I’ve heard Matt Lauer is a toughie.”

Joan Rivers also said that she thought it was wrong that Matt Lauer was getting blamed for the drama behind-the-scenes at the morning show. She called recent criticism of the host “unfair.”

Matt Lauer had a pretty rough go of it last week. In addition to facing rumors that Anderson Cooper could replace him on Today at some point in the future, the host also had to address reports that he “wasn’t very nice” to an intern years ago.

The week rounded out with a rumor that Savannah Guthrie flipped off Matt Lauer during a segment about vacuums. When Lauer suggested that Guthrie didn’t know how to use one, she allegedly gave him the middle finger. However, it was later proved to be her index finger.

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