Matt Lauer is reportedly "freaked out" by the reactions of passers-by outside the set of NBC’s “Today” show in Manhattan, who are calling him names and blaming him for the ouster of Ann Curry as his co-host on "Today," reports TMZ.com.
According to the report, people are screaming things at him such as, "You’re a bad guy," and "You got Ann fired. Does that make you happy?" Lauer is said to be "miserable" over what he believes are hateful and unfair remarks, and the harassment is described as constant.
“Matt is telling people at NBC there have also been lots of sarcastic comments about his $25 million salary,” the report adds. “He feels ‘abused,’ insisting Ann’s firing is not his fault. But, as TMZ first reported, Matt made it clear when he re-signed — he didn’t want Ann in the picture.”
A source at NBC is quoted as saying: "It’s driving him crazy. He’s so unhappy."
However, Lauer’s future on “Today” appears to be secure. “Aside from the fact that he has a contract, our network sources say NBC honchos are stuck,” TMZ reports. “They have no one who can step in and stop the bleeding. As for Willie Geist, the new 9 a.m. ‘Today’ host, one very connected source says the sentiment is, ‘He’s not ready. He’s not there yet.’"