Al Roker Takes A Jab
At Matt Lauer

Think the co-anchors on NBC's Today show don't take sides? Think again: Al Roker made a quip on Thursday's show that makes us think he's in ousted host Ann Curry's corner.

Al Roker is on Team Ann Curry

We've always wondered how Today show co-hosts feel about the whole bruhaha between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. Now we know: It seems like weatherman Al Roker is definitely on Curry's side, judging from some comments he made during Thursday morning's show.

It all started during an interview of the U.S. Olympic women's rowing team. The ladies were discussing the tradition of throwing one team member in the water after a victory when Lauer made a tongue-in-cheek comparison to New York City.

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"The tradition here in New York is you throw her in the Hudson River," Lauer joked. Roker then weighed in with a quip of his own.

"Which is different in our tradition, which is to throw one of us under the bus. That's another story," the jolly weatherman replied, referring to a comment that Lauer "threw [Curry] under the bus" in deciding whether or not to fire her from the show.

Ba-dum ching!

Roker's words prompted a few moments of awkwardness, with co-host Savannah Guthrie and Lauer chiding him with "Mr. Roker!"

Could he just be joking about the whole situation, or is he really on Curry's side about the whole thing? It seems like the latter, judging from the tense response of the team.

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The 50-year-old newswoman has not minced words since being dismissed from the show in July. She might have kept a cushy job with NBC, but she's obviously bitter about the way her firing went down. Basically, she thinks she was set up to fail and could never do anything right when it came to her appearance.

"One day I wore a multicolored dress [on Today] and someone asked if I was trying to be Toucan Sam," she told Ladies Home Journal. "But I chose it because I thought, 'This will perk up America.' I'm encouraged by my bosses to wear these ridiculously high-heel shoes because women say, 'I love your shoes!' So if it makes women happy, I'll wear them. But I'm still going to be me."

Curry again appeared with Lauer during an Olympics segment — and the tension was thick. They were cordial on camera, but "when the cameras stopped rolling, Ann wouldn't even look at Matt," a source told US Weekly.

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Do you think Al Roker's joke means he's on Ann Curry's side?

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Comments on "Al Roker is on Team Ann Curry"

diana simonian April 29, 2013 | 9:08 AM

I watch the news everyday, loved it ,stopped when ann curry left, all 5 of my kids & their family stopped too. we loved ann curry. savannah Guthrie is awkward. didn't like Katie curric. love al roker. Kathy lee is a dizt and what her name buddy is really stupid, never watch that. now we watch robin, George, sam, josh and lara on ABC. I watch it 6:00am to 9:00am and love it. we never watch NBC toay show with boring matt lauer. sorry.... we miss ann curry.................

joan hoyt August 25, 2012 | 7:16 PM

I always liked matt lauer---but he has always been so "taken" with Meredith--that he never seemed to accept Ann--and I think she was wonderful--know a lot of people that won't even watch the show now--why was Meredith at the olympics--Matt!!! Proud of you Al--Ann deserves some support --no longer a Matt Lauer fan

Katz August 22, 2012 | 5:30 AM

Yeah, I'm sure he is next. The reason the show is failing is because for a long time no one has been allowed to relax and be themselves. Once the focus becomes ratings and not the show, then all is lost.

Maryane August 20, 2012 | 9:35 AM

Its a sad state of affairs when cruelty is so news worthy. My impression of Ann Curry is beautiful, compassionate and brilliant. It was tragic to take her off the show. Things are not the same.

Werey August 19, 2012 | 12:47 PM

You go Al

Lucy August 17, 2012 | 12:57 PM

Thats why I love you Al, that took guts and loyalty.... Your the Best!

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