Blind Item: NBC Wants To Get Rid Of Matt Lauer Due To Bad Publicity & Ratings Of Today Show.
Blame and Bullshit and Bus and Bullet and Bucks and Baloney
[Blind Gossip] This TV Star used to think that he was oh-so-critical to the success of this TV show. They couldn’t possibly succeed without him!
He demanded top dollar, slept with practically every female who wanted to be part of the show, and flexed his power by telling producers to fire anyone who he didn’t think was up to his standards.
When people started blaming him for the bad decisions that led to his show’s decline, he initially asked producers to lie and say that was not been responsible for the changes. In fact, tell everyone that he fought against them! Yes… that’s it… that’s the story! He really wanted his colleague to stay! And he even offered to step down to make that possible! He is a hero, not the villain! And…and…and…
Oh, please! According to staff at the show, this entire story is pure bullsh*t. They were trying to save their star, they couldn’t, and now the whole thing is such a mess, they only have one option left: They are going to throw TV Star himself under the bus!
Yes, karma has come full circle, and he is getting the boot. Although he does have a contract that runs through next year, producers are now getting their ducks in a row to push him out. They will be offering him money to walk away before his contract expires. While the buyout will be very expensive, it would be even more expensive to let him stay and watch ratings continue to decline. So they are going to bite the bullet, and pay him the big bucks to go away sooner rather than later. They don’t have a story yet to go with his departure (Illness? Family? Other opportunities?), but we’re sure they will come up with some baloney excuse.
Oh… one final thing. He doesn’t know that this is happening yet. They will be meeting with him tomorrow. Yes, you know before he does.
TV Show: Today Show
TV Guy: Matt Lauer
First Clue: The Daily Beast published a very sympathetic PR fluff piece to spin that Matt Lauer wasn’t to blame for NBC firing Ann Curry. However, it is easy to discern the article is clearly just trying to make Lauer not look like the bad guy.
Second Clue: Matt Lauer is paid $20 million dollars per year.
Third Clue: Al Roker made the reference about “throwing under the bus” after Ann Curry was fired from the Today Show.