Matt Lauer Talks Ann Curry

Matt Lauer was practically demonized after Ann Curry was fired from Today, and the longtime anchor says none of the nastiness was true.

The reputation of Today anchor Matt Lauer took a major beating in the wake of the dismissal of Ann Curry earlier this year, with reports that he forced producers to give her the ax. Now, for the first time, Lauer is speaking out in defense of his character and shedding a little light into his mindset during those frustrating days.

Lauer discussed the situation in a new interview in the October issue of Esquire, calling the media's coverage lazy.

"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," Lauer told the mag.

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"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."

"Over the course of 20 years that I've been at NBC, I have never seen the amount of money I make reported correctly by the media," he continued.

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"Someone once wrote a wonderful complimentary little blurb about me. At the end, the writer said, 'So that's why we love Matt Lauer. Of course, the day will probably come when we're going to have to kick his a**.' I never forgot that. Voilà."

Lauer can count at least two celebs in his corner. Kathie Lee Gifford reportedly passed around a pro-Lauer petition at the Today studios, and Joan Rivers admitted she hated Curry's delivery.

Curry is still under contract with NBC where she works as NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and Today Anchor at Large, as well as producing content and substitute anchoring for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Today and MSNBC.

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Nancy Sterk February 21, 2014 | 6:43 AM

I feel the actions speak for themselves. Matt Lauer is a legend in his own mind. He is a very arrogant, egotistical, proud man. Look how many good, Lady, newscasters have been "tossed" to the side to his so-called weight that he carries. I used to love watching him & Katie Couric & was shocked when she left! I was so happy for her when she was awarded her own well deserved show. She really puts her heart & soul into each subject & is allowed to shine. She also allows gives true compassion to her guest & their personal story. Good for you Katie! So go ahead Matt, you with your outlandish salary! Holy Cow! I could do what you do for $25 million @ year! That's ridiculous. Why not get rid of every one and just be your own star? Oh that's right, you wouldn't be able to take as many days off as you do. You really do have the producers in your back pocket!

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