Poor Ann Curry. She was not only publicly fired from her cohost position on “The Today Show,” but she then had to sit there and weep about it to Matt Lauer – who probably couldn’t wait to see her go. But apparently that was far from the first time the show had humiliated her. Behind the scenes, Ann was reportedly dealing with a “boys’ club” that relentlessly bullied her, made fun of her, and conspired to get her fired in something her haters called “Operation Bambi.” If you’ve ever been bullied at work by your coworkers or superiors, you’ll totally empathize with what Ann went through.
Ann had spent decades working her way up the newsroom ladder, but when she finally reached the pinnacle, hosting alongside Lauer, ratings began to slip. Reportedly producers, especially Executive Producer Jim Bell, thought that Ann didn’t have “chemistry” with Matt. But Ann was also reportedly hassled in many other excruciating ways, according to author Brian Stelter in his book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. Read more on The Stir…
Eww, Matt Lauer. “Anne Hathaway, I’ve seen a lot of you lately.” Really? The “Today Show” host kicked off his interview with the “Les Miserables” actress with a pervy reference to the bare crotch shots that hit the web yesterday, taken when Hathaway exited a car at the movie’s NYC premiere and apparently wasn’t wearing underwear. Oops! Hathaway handled this awkward moment with total class — check out her response to Lauer above. [via HyperVocal]
If you thought things seemed a little, well, cold between Matt Lauer and Ann Curry on her final Today show appearance, there’s good reason for that, a source tells Us Weekly: “Matt Lauer is 100% behind Ann leaving,” the insider claims. There’s not much in the way of explanation given beyond that, though the source noted that during Curry’s last few days, the pair “were really icy to each other, and she refused to speak to him all week.” Read more …
Not for nothing, but I think Ann Curry is getting the ass end of the donkey here. Sure, her celebrity interview style was a bit uncomfortable to watch, but she’s also an incredibly accomplished journalist with a lifetime’s worth of amazing international news coverage under her belt. This woman is one of our shining stars, if you ask me. But she was put in a job where she was basically set up to fail. And I mean, what has Matt Lauer done for me lately? Ann, I love you, and I’m proud of you, and you didn’t need to be stuck on that stupid couch to do good work. Here’s hoping this frees her up to do more great, hard-hitting reporting from here and abroad.
You know, just a couple of bros, talkin’ about always wearing a rubber. How old is Zac Efron? Is my crush on him inappropriate? Please advise.
This morning on “Today,” Matt, Meredith, and Al (do they even need last names anymore?) were introducing a segment about kids running around naked during the summertime. Meredith asked, “At what age does it become inappropriate?” and Matt, pausing to think for a sec, responded, “Sixteen?” Eww? Clip of the awkies moment above! Keep reading »
The Today Show‘s coverage of the Olympics in Beijing has been cracking me up. This morning they featured this troupe of Chinese old women who taught themselves hip-hop dance moves and yesterday morning, Al Roker and Matt Lauer showed off their skills on the dance floor, performing rhythmic gymnastics. Poor Al looks like he might have a heart attack at any second. Clip above! Keep reading »
Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are BFFâ€™s! To promote their new movie, The Other Boleyn Girl, in which they play sisters who vie for the love of King Henry VIII, theyâ€™ve been hitting the talk show circuit together. On The Today Show, while being interviewed by Matt Lauer, these gal pals kept giving each other sideways glances and then giggling, which we all know is girl code for “youâ€™re my bestie” and “we totally have to rip on this later.” The pretty pair shares more than laughs, theyâ€™re together, all vamped up, on the cover of W magazine this month. While the picture will give your boyfriend something to lust after, their interviews will make you fall in love! Despite how perfectly cool they look and act, when they talk to each other, like any good girlfriends, their endearing insecurities come out. Scarlett says sheâ€™s sick of being called a “ho-bag” ever since she told Allure that gets tested for AIDS every six months and Natalie laments that she thinks people perceive her as boring. â€œI donâ€™t think youâ€™re boring,â€ Scarlett quickly reassures her. â€œThanks, I appreciate that,â€ Natalie replies. Aw, thatâ€™s what friends are for. Their real dialogue is better than the movies! Although we definitely can’t wait to see them together on the big screen. [W Magazine] Keep reading »