Rumors are flying all over Twitter that Matt Lauer of The Today Show is going to see the very same exit door he allegedly pushed former co-host Ann Curry out of if ratings don’t improve in the next few months.
Ever since the Curry ousting (which many insiders have claimed Lauer was responsible for) viewers have left Today for ABC’s Good Morning America. The blame is allegedly being placed on Lauer, and NBC is reportedly looking to remove their “image problem” and gain back their ratings.
This, however, is all gossip. NBC is publicly denying all the rumors, stating they have no plans to dismiss him and his (gasp!) $25 million contract was just renewed.
Alexandra Wallace, head of the Today show, says there is no truth to the rumors, claiming they are “wrong and irresponsible.”
While The New York Post backs up Wallace’s claims, Radar Online is telling a different story. Citing a close source to the morning show, Lauer has until February of 2013 to increase the ratings or hit the road.
Says the anonymous source: “News executive Alexandra Wallace has told NBC bosses she will have to replace Matt if the ratings continue to tank.”
We know several people who would probably see the firing as an act of karma, including one of the current Today hosts, Al Roker. He was a firm defender of Ann Curry, and made an infamous jab at Lauer’s expense shortly after her dismissal.