Just as RumorFix predicted on Tuesday, it’s been a restless week over at NBC’s The Today Show.
As the public image of embattled Today Show anchor Matt Lauer continues to get lashed by various media outlets, one NBC personality is rallying in defense of the veteran morning newsman.
Kathie Lee Gifford is tired of seeing her colleague Matt Lauer take the fall for the Today Show’s rating dip and backlash for the departure of former Today Show co-host Ann Curry.
According to RumorFix sources, Gifford is furious over this week’s Us Weekly cover story which claims that Lauer stabbed Ann Curry in the back (figuratively, of course). The story is based on a brand new book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning Television, which was released this week.
The fellow Today Show host is so upset that, according to Entertainment Tonight, she has started an internal office campaign at 30 Rock for NBC staffers who work with Matt Lauer to sign a letter of support that she was planning on publishing on a full-page ad in USA Today!
The letter includes hundreds of signatures as well as the length of time each employee has worked with Lauer. Hundreds of signatures EXCEPT for Ann Curry’s!
Kathie Lee, who is no stranger the tabloids herself, has apparently decided not to take out the newspaper ad at the request of Matt Lauer.