Today Show host Matt Lauer has lashed out at the media for negative reporting on his conflicts with former co-host Ann Curry.
Lauer’s harsh words appear in the latest issue of Esquire where the NBC star gave an extensive interview:
The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience. I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining, “Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair”? No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well — your friends and your family — know what’s true.
Meanwhile, Lauer’s show has lost over 600,000 viewers since his public feud with Curry ended with Savannah Gutherie sitting next on the Today show’s sofa.