Matt Lauer Today Presence Scaled Back Because People Do Not Like Him

It looks like Today just isn’t Matt Lauer‘s day!

According to an NBC insider, the Today show’s new exec producer Alexandra Wallace is downsizing the host’s role on the show. The source says:

“Matt’s on air reporting and interviews for the TODAY show are going to be cut back because Alexandra recognizes that he is widely unpopular and many view him to be responsible for Ann Curry being fired from the co-host spot.”

Oh, come one! This isn’t a popularity contest!

It is? Oh! Well, in that case carry on. The source says:

“This isn’t personal, but Alexandra will be doing whatever is necessary to get the show back in first place, even if that means ruffling Lauer’s feathers.

Look for Willie Geist, one of the co-hosts of the third hour, to be featured more during the first two hours of the show because viewers absolutely love him. Willie comes across as genuine and warm, unlike Matt Lauer.”

It’s a good thing NBC doesn’t have a track record of backing the wrong horse *cough*Chevy Chase*cough* and firing people audiences love *cough*Conan O’Brien*cough*. People might think it was a trend…

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