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Former NBC News Exec: 'Today' Won't Improve Until Lauer Is Gone
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Former NBC News Exec: 'Today' Won't Improve Until Lauer Is Gone

Nov 20 2012, 5:00am CST | by

Savannah Guthrie is, unsurprisingly, not helping ratings

NBC's morning show is about to undergo a massive shift in the management structure, but at least one former NBC News executive believes that at this point, it isn't about the people running the helm...

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Former NBC News Exec: 'Today' Won't Improve Until Lauer Is Gone

Nov 20 2012, 5:00am CST | by

Savannah Guthrie is, unsurprisingly, not helping ratings

NBC's morning show is about to undergo a massive shift in the management structure, but at least one former NBC News executive believes that at this point, it isn't about the people running the helm behind-the-scenes, but rather the man who sits behind the desk in front of the camera every day.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Lauer's brand was irreparably damaged after he was cast as being involved in the dismissal of Ann Curry from the anchor desk. NBC made the baffling move to replace the well-known Curry with the much less experienced Savannah Guthrie.

It is believed that Lauer could may not have been the one to suggest the move, but he did nothing to throw his support behind Curry. The former anchor spent her last day on the show, almost in tears as she gave a saddening farewell speech that made even tepid Curry followers gain animosity toward NBC and Lauer.

The man who took over the management of Today, Jim Bell, will be replaced by TV news veteran Alexandra Wallace. Bell is also partially blamed for the drop in Today's ratings. For the first time in decades, it is now #2 in the race, with Good Morning America claiming the top spot.

It is no doubt a vindication for Curry. Ratings have done nothing but continue to decline with Guthrie taking over her old spot. The sentiment appears to continue to be that Lauer needs to leave (or be laid off) if the show will ever climb back on top.

Via NY Daily News

 
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Savannah Guthrie's Super-Sweet Update About Her New Baby

Aug 15 2014 7:41am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Life has completely changed for Savannah Guthrie since she had her baby, the host told "Today" on Friday. She gave birth to baby daughter Vale Guthrie Feldman earlier this week. She called in to "Today" to update viewers for the first time since giving birth, and talked about being a new mom. "I feel so different," Guthrie said. "I feel like life just started. I m ...
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Alex Wallace to be Pushed Out at Meet The Press

Aug 13 2014 6:45am CDT | Source: ftvlive

It looks like David Gregory isn't the only one that will be pushed out at NBC's Meet The Press.Sources tell FTVLive that Meet The Press boss Alex Wallace will also be gone from her involvement in the show. Sources tell FTVLive that NBC News boss Deborah Turness has lost faith in Wallace's role on MTP. Back in January of 2013, Wallace was named the executive in charge o ...
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Savannah Guthrie Is Going On Maternity Leave Next Week

Aug 8 2014 7:50am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Monday will be Savannah Guthrie's last day before going on maternity leave, the "Today" co-host announced on Friday. "You know what's a universal sign it's time to go? When none of your shoes fit because your cankles are so large," she joked. Guthrie revealed her pregnancy -- and her secret wedding to husband Mike Feldman -- in March, and has been chronicling her experience for viewers. The couple has chosen not to find out the baby's ...
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Here's Al Roker Dancing Out His Entire Weather Report

Aug 5 2014 10:16am CDT | Source: Huffington Post

Al Roker danced the hell out of his weather report on Tuesday morning. That's right, the "Today" co-host was inspired by the song "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, which he said is his favorite new summer hit. He pulled it up on his phone, and just really felt the beat: var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=518355989&height=411&width=570&sid=577&origin=undefined& ...
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Aug 1 2014 3:51pm CDT | Source: Canoe Showbiz

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