I'm not a big fan of celebrity news or infotainment, but I'll make an exception to that policy when it comes to all of the drama that is swirling around the Today Show. Last summer fifteen-year veteran Ann Curry was "promoted" off of the show (fired), while her prissy co-host, Matt Lauer, was not only retained, but given a $25 million per year contract. The show's executive producer reportedly referred to his effort to usher Curry off of the program as "Operation Bambi" because he was told that firing her would be akin to "killing Bambi."
My friend Carla and I visited the Today Show on a bitterly cold morning in January of 2009. We were part of the audience standing outside waving at the cameras, waiting patiently for the staff to come out and visit with us. Ann came out and was quite charming - talking to everyone. Meredith Vieira also visited with each member of the crowd. Someone asked her about her shoes, and she kicked her heel up above her head to give the crowd a good view of the foot gear in question. Then Matt Lauer came out, tightly wrapped head-to-toe, grunted a couple of times to one of the cameramen, and hurried back inside. Lauer did not speak to any of the mere mortals. He was a real prima donna.
News out this week is that NBC is looking at perhaps "promoting" Matt Lauer off of the Today Show and replacing him with Anderson Cooper. In my opinion, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Apparently Lauer's fallback position may be to host Jeopardy when Alex Trebek retires.
Matt, I'll take Effete Intellectual Snobs for fifty.
Score one for Bambi.