Natalie Morales Faces Rumors: Anchor At ‘The Today Show’ Hit With Exit Rumors, Is She Getting Pushed Out By Controversial Matt Lauer?

May 6, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Natalie Morales rumors are keeping the Internet busy. According to them, the popular anchor on NBC’s hit morning show Today will be axed soon because of Matt Lauer. It is being reported, that Matt Lauer is not a huge fan of Natalie Morales and is trying to get her booted from the Today Show and replace her with his good friend, Hoda Kotb. However, according to another insider, the rumors are false and Morales is not going anywhere.

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Has Natalie Morales been dumped by the Today Show? Some rumors say yes, while others say no. Late last week, Page Six broke the surprising news/rumors that Natalie Morales was about to lose her gig on the daily morning show, and Matt Lauer was the one to be blamed – remember the Ann Curry drama.

An insider spoke to the New York publication and explained that the plan is to make it look like Morales is getting a promotion and move her to Dateline. Matt Lauer is hoping that his close pal, Hoda Kotb, will take over Natalie Morales’ segments. The person shared:

. “They’ll try to position this as a promotion for Natalie — but make no mistake, she’s not happy.”

A senior employee at the Today Show has stepped out to blast the Natalie Morales rumors saying that staff members of ABC’s Good Morning America are probably the ones leaking those fake stories. What’s the reason?

Last week, Today beat Good Morning America in the key adults 25-54 demo, it was the show’s biggest win in the demo since NBC’s Olympic coverage in February of 2014. For the week of April 20, Today averaged 1.793 million viewers in the demo, while GMA recorded an audience of 1.765 million. The individual explained:

“This is all hogwash. Natalie is beloved by the staff and millions of fans.”

The staff member went on to explain how important Morales is to the team:

“It’s pretty obvious this vicious rumor is being spread by a competitor nervous that we have won a week in the demo and are moving toward regaining our place as the number one morning show. We’ve got great momentum, we love our team and Natalie is an important part of it.”

This is not the first time; rumors of Natalie Morales getting axed have surfaced. In the fall of 2014, when Willie Geist was dumped from Today, it was also being claimed that Morales and Savannah Guthrie were heading to the exit door.

However, the crew stepped in and saved the two women. NBC News President Deborah Turness said at the time:

“NBC’s Today has the best anchor team in morning television.The entire Today show anchor team — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Tamron Hall, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — are incredibly talented, valued and have our support. In response to the false rumors that have been circulated about our anchor team, NBC wants to be absolutely clear: The rumors are wrong — period. This is the team we are committed to. And this is the team that our viewers turn to in the morning.”

In 2013, Lauer was almost given the boot for CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

What are your thoughts on the Natalie Morales rumors? Is there any truth to this drama?

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  1. Rosemary says:

    Love her! Natalie balances the show with her class act. Savannah brings warmth and a positive energy. The two of them make a great contribution to Matt & All. I would however get rid of Tamron.

    • Val says:

      I totally agree. I get so sick of Tamron and Al’s foolishness and thinking they are so funny. Especially Al. He really irks me interrupting people to say something childish. If Natalie goes, the only positive will be Savannah and she can’t hold it on her own. I might go back to GMA which I left when Natalie and Savannah came alive.

      • Karen Adams says:

        Give me a break! Natalie Morales is B-O-R-I-N-G!

        I LIKE Tamron Hall; she is THE PRETTIEST ONE on that show!

        I even watch her on MSNBC.

        If Tamron was truly as irksome as SOME of you claim and Natalie such the SO-CALLED PLUS, WHY DOESN’T NATALIE HAVE HER OWN SHOW, LIKE TAMRON ON MSNBC? OBVIOUSLY MOST PEOPLE DON’T AGREE, BECAUSE TAMRON HAS HAD THIS SHOW FOR YEARS!

        EXCUSE ME, WHERE’S NATILIE’S SHOW??? Oh, yeah, if she’s about to get CANNED, SHE SURE IN HELL AIN’T GETTIN’ HER OWN SHOW.

        AH, TOO BAD! CFU!

        DID I SAY SHE IS B-O-R-I-N-G, NOT TO MENTION WASHED OUT LOOKING???

        I HOPE SHE DOES GO. I DON’T WANT TO SEE HER UNEMPLOYED, BUT, TRULY – AND I SWEAR TO GOD THIS IS TRUE – SHE AND SAVANNAH (ANOTHER BORING ONE) WERE THE REASONS I STOPPED LOOKING AT TODAY!

        I LOVED IT WHEN KATIE COURIC WAS THERE – WITH MATT AND AL, WHOM I THINK IS VERY FUNNY, BTW!

        I HOPE NATALIE FINDS ANOTHER JOB – MAYBE JANITOR AT THE TODAY SHOW??? LMAO!

        • j says:

          Your a very rude person.

        • Steve R says:

          This is SHOCKING !!! This pathetic piece of brain-dead nothing watches MSNBC…. SHOCKING !!!

        • sassy says:

          You are RUDE!!!!

        • GailyC says:

          Want to calm down and take the caps lock off? Have to admit when I see rants like yours, I just go to the next one. BTW: rude and bitchy doesn’t work either.

        • SOUTHERN GIRL - says:

          You, my dear lady, are a rude, misinformed idiot. Get off the all caps – makes you appear even more ridiculous. People like you and your rants, should be removed from being able to post such trash. Wow – I would love to know where you live…seems like a pretty sad existence. Do you have any friends at all, and if so, are they as closed minded as you?

        • Republican Bob says:

          So Karen why dont you give me your address so I come on out to the northeast and give you a good screwing cause you need something to settle your biotchy a** down.

        • Carolyn McMann says:

          Have you ever considered anger management? You definitely have a problem. You pretty much insulted every person in the country —- even the northeast —— with your contemptuous comments. Do you know the definition of “elitist”?

    • chris says:

      I love Natalie because she is smart, funny, daring and is willing to speak her mind without crossing a line. I also love that she is a mom, works, is a marathon runner and has time for it all. I great role model. However, I agree that Tamron is not a good fit for the group. She is too silly, things go over her head and I don’t like her presenting style. Her “private” jokes with Al that relate to race can go a bit far, too. It also leaves Willie and Natalie sitting there clueless while they are laughing.

    • Gill Abersoll says:

      I like Natalie…..she should stay. But I find Tamron too much. Wouldn’t miss her.

  2. Sue Davis says:

    Natalie is one of my favorites. She is not full of herself. She is a wonderful contributor to the Today Show. Savannah is warm and does interviews well. I still miss Ann Curry. Will never get over her treatment by the NBC people.

  3. Cindy Miller says:

    If anyone gets canned, it should be Kathie Lee!! She is so rude, she doesn’t think anyone’s music is any good, she talks crap about them Unless they are on the show that day. Saying how old she is, I’m the same age and don’t feel old! I guess when you marry someone old enough to be your Father, you do start slowing down. Send her off to retire. Let Natalie & Hoda the job or Sara & Hoda!!!

  4. Ginny says:

    I’d like to see Matt and Kathie Lee gone, he’s become a pompous ass and she’s a prima donna. Keep everyone else, including Wrangler.

  5. Olly says:

    Get rid of the arrogant, grossly overpaid Lauer! We miss Ann Curry and find Guthrie phony. Love Natalie, Willie, Tamron, Al, and Hoda. Gifford is soooooo over-she needs to go. But why would you listen to what viewers want?

  6. Karen says:

    I certainly hope they don’t have her leave the Today show. I watch it because she is on it. I change the channel when Kathie Lee & Hoda come on. If she leaves I will be moving to Good Morning America.

  7. Linda says:

    If Natalie leaves Today, I will be watching Good Morning America. Can’t believe they would even consider Hoda as a regular. While she was subbing recently, I did not watch the Today show at all. They need to dump both Hoda and Kathy Lee. Can’t believe anyone would think watching those two was enjoyable.

    • Frances says:

      I agree with you 100%!!!!!!!!

    • Paige says:

      If Natalie leaves, I will be switching over as well. I have been watching the Today show for 20+ years. Natalie is the most relatable, genuine and respectable host on the team. She is the best thing the Today Show has going for it!
      Note to NBC executives: I fall in your demographic target!

    • Art says:

      Agree 100% with Linda and Karen. Natalie is the best host on the show. Don’t care for Hoda and Guthrie no great anchor.

  8. Richard says:

    Love Natalie ….. don’t watch the show because of Matt Lauer !!!

  9. Lisa says:

    I think the Today show has struck a good balance after a pretty tumultuous time. Clearly, this is shown by the up-tick in ratings. I have stayed by Today as a loyal fan, but if this rumor has any truth, this would be a hard pill to swallow. As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  10. Leon Austin says:

    I hope NBC does not get rid of Natalie or Tamron. What is wrong with Lauer. Stop getting into other people’s business and try to do your job well. I watch NBC until Lauer comes on and switch to GMA. Can’t take him in the morning.

  11. Karen says:

    Don’t get rid of Natalie. She is much better than Hoda.

    • Don Wynn says:

      Definitely don’t get rid of Natalie or Tamron and DO leave Hoda with Matt and Kathie on the other segment!!

  12. John says:

    If this is GMA, then let’s positively identify and squelch them. If it is Matt Lauer, then he needs an attitude adjustment. Natalie Morales is a fine journalist and fits well with the BEST morning crew on television. GMA is talented, but does not have the depth and warmth of the TODAY show crew.

    • Don Wynn says:

      I agree. I like Natalie and Tamron for the feel they bring. I think Matt should have his own segment but not with the rest.

  13. Angry Native says:

    There’s always plotting happening everywhere including NBC, ABS, and CBS show. There is only one reason I watch NBC morning show is the compassionate reporting and humble response from Natalie and Savannah. I usually pass on Matt’s reporting because he seems less caring and sensitive than the ladies. I do however, miss Anne Currey and her reporting. Now she and Natalie are genuine in their reporting.

  14. Susan says:

    If they force Natalie to go, then I’m going to be an ABC news girl. I almost left due to the forced departure of the wonderful Ann Curry. This would be the final straw. AND, why is it always the women who lose out at NBC?

  15. Michelle says:

    Get rid of Tamron and Savannah.Savannah is not very nice and Tamron seems kind of like an airhead…

  16. Donna says:

    Watch the Today show every day. Love Natalie, Savannah and Tamron. Really dislike Matt and not a fan of Al. If they get rid of someone it should be Matt. May have to switch to another morning show if Natalie goes. I like Hoda but don’t want her to take Natalie’s place.

  17. Roberta says:

    Matt is the one that needs to go! He was behind the Ann Currey departure. Natalie and Hoda are the only ones on that show that don’t have a big ego. Amy Rohrbach and Sara Haines fit in very well at GMA.
    They made the right decision to leave. If Natalie does leave they might as well throw in the towel. She is the only one that really keeps the show grounded. I’m surprised that she has stayed this long. I wish her the best.

    • Lynn says:

      I agree with Sal, Matt is so hard to look at. Who would let Ann Curry go and keep Matt? She was great, loved her. I switched to GMA after 20 years of today. Natalie is the only one left that I would tune in for. Wake up, you Today executives. Get rid of Matt Lauer, he is destroying the Today Show.

  18. vic ceren says:

    That is show business

  19. Peggy says:

    love Hoda, Natalie, Tamron, Matt & Al. Don’t care for Savannah, Kathy Lee, or Jenna Bush Hagar.

  20. Linda says:

    The show was at its best when Katie and Ann were there. Natalie is a class act just as they were. Getting rid of Matt and Kathie Lee would be the best thing that could happen to that show.

  21. arlyce says:

    I agree, keep Natalie and get rid of Matt. Tamron is good when she does her investigative report but acts too dumb on the second half of the Today show. Don’t understand why they let Matt have that much power.

  22. dilyma says:

    Keep Natalie and FIRE Matt Lauer, he’s always trying to get someone fired!!!

  23. GARY FINN says:

    The best thing that could happen to that show would be to get rid of Matt Lauer. Maybe send the big, brave “man” to the middle east as a war correspondent.

  24. Arnold says:

    Natalie is not very good at her job, but the job is all about how you look and not about being a competent journalist and knowing how to interview.

  25. jim says:

    I’ve said before in other posts of this nature. Matt Lauer is always the problem. Get rid of him and I assure you that viewership will not decrease; In fact it may very well increase. He has been holding that show back for a few years. This network has long been known for its bad decisions, and that keeps it at number three or four. Look at Brian Williams; suspended for stretching the truth. No one in the news business is completly truthful about their experience. If you were to investigate each reporter and news anchor, you would likely find that the last honest person was Walter Cronkite.

  26. Sheila says:

    They are stupid if they get rid of her. She has more class than the rest of them.

  27. D says:

    Get rid of Matt and Kathy, keep the rest!

  28. Frances says:

    Natalie is the BEST! What in the world do they see in HODA?? Please…..Hoda a replacement??

  29. GMan in Reno says:

    Natalie is awesome! Matt should go. I agree that he is a pompous ass. Tamron is a complete airhead, and SO full of herself. I just loved it when Willie put that pie in her face. When Hoda and Kathie Lee come on, I can’t change the channel fast enough!

  30. TUTU says:

    Matt comes off as a snob. Hoda and Kathie should stop with the wine Natalie is a pleasure to watch. Tamron over the top, too giddy

    • Diane Blanchard says:

      Agreed that Tamron is too giddy. Also Natalie is so much better and more professional than Savannah!

      • danny davebport says:

        I agree!!

      • Petra says:

        Natalie is way better than Savannah. I wish Savannah would go away. I hoped she wouldn’t return from maternity leave. I like Tamron but she’s always so loud and talking over people and she’s pulled Al into it, they both need to tone it down. I used to love Al but he has gotten very silly lately. Willy and Natalie are the only sane ones in the third hour. While I like some of Kathy Lee’s common sense, she needs to retire, she’s starting to become a caricature. I love Hoda. I have no problem with Matt and I think people have started rumors about him in the past but we’ll see, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

    • Tom says:

      Matt Lauer comes off as a cry baby, give me what I want or I’ll take my ” No Balls ” and go home, must feel threatened by women, could be to the point of him wanting the glamour of being one ( REMEMBER Halloween and his J-Lo !), Natalie is fun, perky, says just enough to get your attention then smartly knows when to let someone else take the lead. If SOMEONE had to leave the show, Lauer and Tamron should do one more ” Where in the World is Matt Lauer ?” together and like “Where’s Waldo ???”, go off and get lost in the crowd. Maybe then the bottom lines, RATINGS would improve

    • Rene Blanco says:

      I agree. Matt is an old bald snob. Hoda and Kathie Lee enable each others addiction to late morning and mid-day drinking. It is obvious that in the morning, people would rather see and listen to Natalie Morales. Matt Lauer has a face for radio and is just as unviewable as Brian Williams was. Who is the loser that makes all of these terrible roster decisions for NBC News??

  31. Glenda says:

    Al and Tamron need to go! Their inane sense of humor is so irritating. It’s like watching two clowns! If Natalie leaves most of the people I know will stop watching! But look at the ripoff Ann got! She should still be on that show. She and Natalie were and are the ones who made the show newsworthy. Now it’s just another Comedy Central without the swearing! Lauer is too arrogant and has an ego as big as his nose! How the two winos stay on is beyond anyone’s comprehension.

  32. Alexandra says:

    Natalie is not an easy television personality to watch. Although she has toned it down a bit; there clearly remains a tendency towards self chattering, and a habit of interrupting others in mid-sentence.

    We really enjoy the ‘gift’ of Hoda! (No ego; while consistently appearing genuinely and professionally accommodating and caring towards her peers and others.) Hoda keeps it…real.

    These are important attributes for anyone to maintain. These are also some of those key things that will keep television viewers….viewing.

    Appreciate your time. Thanks ~

  33. Rick Scott says:

    Most have switched over to Good Morning America because of Lauer.

    • Alexandra says:

      Good point, and a primary reason why GMA remains the preferred AM viewing choice in our home. Am not however, fans of a seemingly boring and transparently unbiased George S.) At least a couple of the others manage to pick up the ‘slack.’

      In any event..an annual majority of higher ratings that lean towards GMA, would not come as a surprise.

      *May Josh Ozersky be at peace. Condolences to his family and friends.

  34. hattie says:

    Natalie is a class act. She dresses well, delivers well and makes guests very comfortable. Kathy Lee does the same. I think Kathy Lee acts up sometimes because it’s expected of her – part of the show. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If Matt is the instigator, fire him and hire another woman. You don’t need a man as an anchor. Let’s see what women can do.

  35. James says:

    Natalie is a classy lady and does her job in an interesting, professional manner.

    Tamron seems full of herself and makes so many mistakes that she probably studied at the Sue Simmons School of Broadcasting. Tamron is the one who should go.

  36. Receptionist says:

    Why don’t they just get rid of the cross-dressing Matt Lauer I think we all have had enough of this ball guy, I have not cared for him in years, what he did to Ann Curry was way out of line!!

  37. Bill says:

    Not the first time Matt Lauer has been rumored to having fellow anchors fired. I really think its time he went.

  38. Richard Webb says:

    What does Matt actually bring to the table and why is he so revered? Natalie is much more interesting, vibrant and varied in what she does. Matt????? NOTHING. As for Al, what can you say…..Just go to the weather channel and do what you do………very little.

  39. RRM says:

    What is going on??? Get rid of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, Tamron, it’s enough of her on MSNBC, and let the real professionals keep The Today Show as the fans like it and who are buying the products that are paying for the commercials. It’s getting to be more and more like Washington D.C. If Matt Lauer is not happy with the programming and his peers, let him move on. I used to like Matt Lauer, but between him and Tamron Hall it is hard to know who is fighting for the limelight, they are both so full of themselves. Natalie Morales has more integrity and class in her little finger than Kathy Lee, Tamron Hall, and Matt Lauer combined. If you let Natalie go, round out the set with another loser, Brian Williams’. Now that would be a nightmare to wake up to.

  40. Judith Stoudt says:

    Matt Lauer is a complete bore, not pleasant to the eye, and Kathy Lee never could I stand her. What is wrong with this station. Don’t know what hold Matt has on the station that he hasn’t been gone long ago.

  41. Linda V says:

    Everyone on the Today Show is extremely talented. The research and delivery of material is spot on which keeps me very interested for the entire show. GMC is boring and TRYING to be the Today Show.

    • GailyC says:

      I disagree. I switched over to reruns of the Golden Girls in the morning but when I do hit the news, it’s Charlie Rose and Nora O’Donnell. Small but mighty crowd on that news desk. I tolerate Gayle King but the other two certainly run that show. Crisp, professional, not the coffee clatching air heads as are on Today. After Ann Curry got kicked to the curb by Pope Lauer, I haven’t watched it since.

  42. Anastasia Blechschmidt says:

    Get rid of that vicious, nasty, and self-serving ass Matt Lauer and watch the ratings soar. I quit watching NBC morning show when he got rid of Ann Curry. What a slime ball.

  43. Rowan says:

    Natalie should be the one staying. She is classy, pleasant, dresses lovely and promotes a health lifestyle. It will be unfortunate if they oust her.
    Matt needs to leave. So sick of hearing about his next conquest. Al is over the top and so not funny anymore, he jumped the shark at least 2 years ago. Tamron talks over everyone, makes stupid statements that make her appear dim witted. Savannah is ok, but can’t handle the show herself. Hoda need not be the savior cause she’s Matt buddy and there aren’t rumors of them sleeping together.
    I may give GMA another chance…I just can’t connect with this group of people.

    • Ann Lacoste says:

      I agree with Rowan completely. However, I have switched to CBS news as they “report the news”..and don’t try to talk over each other.

  44. Scott says:

    I think they should take a good look at Matt. One could say he may be the ratings have been dropping. First it was Ann now maybe Natalie. He is the troubled one!!!!!He is one boring man that thinks he is funny and he is not!!!

  45. connie ross says:

    Get rid of Matt Lauer! Yet another journalist bites the dust because of skudzy matt.

  46. Lynn says:

    Get rid of AL ROKER!!!! PLEAZZZEEE!!!

  47. scott says:

    Let me guess, Matt tried to sleep with her too? She turned him down and now he wants her off the show…

  48. Deborah says:

    Natalie is a breath of fresh air and an excellent reporter as well as role model. If you are getting rid of someone, give the hook to Tamron. She always seems to need to be the center of attention and does not add any value to the show.

  49. Bill says:

    Savannah is by far my pick of the litter, she and Natalie are the breath of fresh air for me. I also like everyone on the first couple of hours but never watch Kathie Lee. And I really like when Jenna comes on.

  50. DiDi says:

    I can’t begin to guess if this story is true, but I have been (for a long time) hoping for the day they get rid of Matt Lauer. He’s the reason I switch back and forth from GMA to Today Show. Everyone I know really luvs Natalie and would be very upset to see her leave the today show. If Today would get rid of the two Cocky, NON-Interesting reporters – Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall – and replace them with great folks like Natalie, then you’d have an excellent show.

  51. Gina says:

    How about they get rid of Matt and keep Natalie and Willie. Much rather watch and listen to them, than deal with Matt’s drama and pushiness. Matt’s old news and I’m over their 25 -54 demographics.

  52. Gene says:

    I,like many have commented to you before! Listen to the people and not the hot-shot executives who scramble with any desperate idea to make themselves look worthy of their over-rated salaries! Matt Lauer used to be AAA rated, but he blew it a long time ago! He still has some decent moments and capabilities; but is still highly over-rated by the media. You have a great team…but if anyone has to go; let Matt put in his papers and move to a different area of NBC. That way he can prove just how good or not-so-good he really is! He certainly can afford to take the challenge! Katie and Ann both still have my highest regard and respect. I even deal well with Tamron…she’s up and coming, and classy in her own way! I really don’t want to leave again, myself!

  53. Micki says:

    Natalie Morales is my favorite part of the show! She is better than anyone there and if they lose her, I will stop watching. I find the other women on the show annoying. She is professional, articulate, mature and drop dead gorgeous. Even when they send her to Hawaii and put her on a surf board she carries it off with grace and sophistication. NBC has lost most of its good shows, I hope they don’t lose their minds as well.

    • Steve says:

      Micki, I could not have said it any better. I was disappointed when Savannah became the co-anchor instead of Natalie, although I have learned to like her.

  54. Anna DiCicco says:

    Matt Lauer has too much to say about everything. I do not watch the Today show because of him. They should get rid of him and give him a taste of his own disrespect for people. Natalie gives the show a sense of warmth and professionalism. Many of us won’t watch when Matt Lauer is on. Why do the producers of the show even listen to him.

  55. Uncensored says:

    If you have cable, internet or a smartphone you do realize there are other sources of morning news, right? Personally, I don’t favor one over another anymore (including cable and/or internet). I am slowly beginning to wonder if we, the news viewing public including print, are being fed news in a fashion to inform the public what is being trickled out as seen fit by whomever feeds “a source close to …” (fill in the blank … gov’t?). Huge, headline breaking news that turns out to be not so much true MIGHT get corrected a few days later on page 8 or 11. In the case of television, if it’s mentioned at all, it’s crammed in between or right after a “feel good” story.

    As for ABC/CBS/NBC, I really don’t much watch them much anymore. I’ll admit to NBC if I’m trying to catch weather/traffic update. Their “exclusives” drive me crazy. ML’s skinny pants: he’s old and needs a new wardrobe person; whatever he makes it’s way too much. SG seems nice enough & needs to go back to her previous position, something to do with her law degree. As for AR, he really does need to tone it down a notch or five; the blonde (Dillon?) could step in tomorrow the show would not miss a beat. Except for Lester Holt, don’t know much of anything about the weekend Today. But I will say, I have always liked Lester Holt and his delivery. BW? I feel bad for his family & that’s all. He’s been lying all along. Wonder if his family is …. KWIM? I would be.

    Natalie. She needs to take it upon herself & not renew her contract. Period. Much like the (only) lady from Fox & Friends (Allison-sp?); haven’t seen her but read a couple of articles & she seemed like a real class act. (Again, see 1st paragraph.) Natalie has done her job on the Today show (used to be a big fan); spent countless weeks away from her family; makes me wonder if she has ever said no to any assignment?

    You’re better than the Today show. It’s past time, Natalie. I mean, once NBC decided that a 4th hour of the Today show was just the greatest idea and then pulled in KLG and had the NERVE to give her top billing over HK? I’ve seen this 4th hour twice. I was in the hospital & my mom (in her 80’s) just couldn’t miss it. I was post-surgery so I just pushed the button for the pain medication, every 10 minutes (guess that was my version of KLG’s wine?).

    This is way too long but I wanted to make my point about NM. She has been on this show for a very long time and, IMO, deserves respect. Maybe it’s time for her to take a break.

    Don’t renew that contract. Maybe free lance and call the shots for yourself = more time with your family. Don’t be afraid, Natalie. The work, if you want it, will come to you. You deserve better than this mess they call the Today show. Rumor or not, you do deserve better than sitting in the same room with ML.
    JMHO.

  56. Tom says:

    Matt Lauer again flexing his play my way or I’ll take my ” No Balls “and go home, too bad so sad !!! He must be threatened by any woman, however dressing up as one ( J-Lo Halloween green dress ) gave him the adrenalin rush he craved. He thought funny, most men figured pretty desperate. Natalie Morales is a breath of fresh air. Says enough in a way to get your attention but smartly knows when to pass off the lead to the next person, she and Savannah both. Lauer could do one more segment of ” Where in the world is Matt Lauer ??”, take Tameron Hall with him to look for ” Where’s Waldo ??” and then both get lost in the crowd…BET the bottom line, RATING would improve..NBC has made many a mistake…Natalie goes…so do most of us.

  57. leeanne says:

    agree with jmho
    lp

  58. Sheila Hansel says:

    This seems like some hogwash trumped up again by their competition (GMA??). It worked so well with the Ann Curry debacle. They made Matt Lauer out to be the bad guy. Natalie Morales in an integral part of the show and should be revered. There is someone else in that 9:00am hour that should go …

  59. Sandy Fletcher says:

    Matt is a liberal idiot, well, most of them are liberal idiots, they gush all over Obama. Tameron needs to go also.I would really like to see news the way it used to be , give us the truth keep ur own ideas to yourself.

    • Karen Adams says:

      Oh, yeah, the truth the way “FAUX NEWS” tells the truth! CFU!

      FOX NEWS/FAUX NEWS is nothing but one big PROPAGANDA MACHINE, CATERING TO THE REALLY, REALLY DUMB RIGHT!

      THIS THE TRUTH: STUDIES SHOW THAT PEOPLE WHO WATCH FOX NEWS/FAUX NEWS ARE LESS INFORMED ABOUT FACTS THAN VIEWERS WHO REGULARLY WATCH OTHER NEWS PROGRAMS!!

      TRUE!!!!

      FAUX NEWS’ VIEWERS ARE NOTHING MORE NOR LESS THAN CULT FOLLOWERS!

      AND BILL O’LIAR WAS BUSTED RECENTLY (THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE HOW THOSE IDIOTS ON THAT NETWORK DEAL IN NOTHING BUT BULLS— LIES) FOR LYING IN MULTIPLE REPORTS HE DID WHILE AT CBS NEWS.

      FAUX NEWS just tells the BRAINLESS, RACIST & SEXIST RIGHT what THEY WANT TO HEAR – NEVER WHAT IS THE TRUTH!!!

      IT’S NO WONDER THAT THE BIGGEST BLOCK OF RIGHT-WINGERS ARE IN THE SOUTH – DUMB, INBRED, WHITE SOUTHERNERS “VOTING AGAINST REPEATEDLY” THEIR OWN INTERESTS!!

      THIS IS WHY THE SOUTH HAS THE HIGHEST IN THESE MANY CATEGORIES:

      1) CRIME
      2) DIVORCE
      3) SUICIDE (WHO WOULDN’T KILL THEMSELVES IF THEY LIVED IN THE SOUTH?!?!)
      4) OUT-OF-WEDLOCK BIRTHS
      5) SMOKING
      6) DRINKING (I’D GET WASTED TOO IF I LIVED IN THE SOUTH!!)
      7) POVERTY
      8) WELFARE DEPENDENCY
      9) WORST SCHOOLS – INCLUDING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
      10)UNHAPPIEST PEOPLE

      *YOU THINK I’M LYING/KIDDING? YOU “CAN GOOGLE” ALL THIS INFORMATION – THE STATS ON WHAT A CESSPOOL THE SOUTH IS!*

      I live in the Northeast, and I SWEAR, we talk about it all the time how we wish the south would cesceed, because the SOUTH IS TEARING AND BRINGING THIS COUNTRY DOWN WITH EACH ELECTION – LOCAL AND/OR NATIONAL! THESE ARE BUFFOONS/RETARDS/MORONS/DOLTS/IDIOTS/MAGGOTS WHO VOTE REPUBLICAN OVER AND OVER AND OVER!

      AND IT IS THE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE CREATED INCOME INEQUALITY, BY SHIFTING FAVORABLY THE TAX BURDEN AND OTHER GOV’T REQUIREMENTS FROM THEM ONTON THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND THE POOR!!

      YEAH, “Y’ALL” CALL IT *SOCIALISM* WHEN THE GOV’T HELPS THOSE “WHO TRULY CAN’T HELP THEMSELVES,” BUT TO “Y’ALL,” IT’S “CAPITALISM” WHEN THE RICH AND POWERFUL ARE SUCKING THE GOV’T’S TITS DRY!

      I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE IN THE SOUTH, BUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE: A$$BACKWARDS!!!

      • Susan says:

        So right on!

      • Caline says:

        I am from the south. Tell us how you really feel about us?
        Glad to see how well informed you are.

      • NEW ENGLANDER says:

        I’m from New England and you are an IDIOT! Not even about your views, however misguided or twisted you see the world, just in the fact that you say “We ALL talk about it”. what are you supposed to be the end all, be all of Northeasterner’s views. MORON!

      • Robbie Watson says:

        @ Karen Adams:
        I’ll have you know that I LIVE in the South, born and raised. I do not do drugs, I do not drink spirits, and have never had a child out of wedlock.
        I think your post was rude, uncaring of whom you insult,(Including myself). I am not a retard, dolt, or maggot, thanks very much. Your implying such is just untenable. I am NOT a Republican either, nor am I Democrat.
        I believe you should be thrown off here following that terrible rant and shouting in capital letters. The South isn’t a cesspool, either, as we have some really beautiful places to visit.National Parks, etc. Glad that I do not know you, as you wouldn’t/couldn’t be a friend of mine. Thanks for nothing. Grow up, please?

      • Steve R says:

        Karen… I hope you are first in line when head transplants become available. You are nothing but an obvious Kool-Aid drinking, Hillary butt-kissing party HACK !

      • GailyC says:

        Once again, Want to calm down and take the caps lock off? Have to admit when I see rants like yours, I just go to the next one. BTW: rude and bitchy doesn’t work either.

      • Republican Bob says:

        Karen my dear, you are the prime example as to what is wrong with this country you snotty freaking biotch.

      • SOUTHERN GIRL - says:

        Down here in the South – we call people like you TRASH with your misinformed racist views! Do you work? You appear to be completely uneducated about the world around you. You can “Google” anything you want my dear lady! Your comments are beyond rude and disrespectful to most people – not just the ones of us lucky enough to be from the South! I am ashamed and embarrassed for the wonderful people that live in the Northeast, now that you have claimed to be from there. You are a misinformed fool. WOW is all I can say!

        And really…at the end of the day – change the channel if you don’t want to watch…fool.

      • Sostyling says:

        HEY KAREN, don’t knock the South. Girl it’s the northern people who are the stupid and idiots. They don’t know their finger from a hole in the ground. Yes, most of the South is Republican and thank GOD for that. Look what you have in office now???? What has he done for you lately???? Let me get one thing straight with you THE SOUTH, as you call it, are not a bunch of inbred dumb people. I have lived in the South my whole life and I would never move to the North. I don’t even like to visit because of people like you. Rude, unworthy to speak too, hateful, uneducated and you are inbred not the South. Read your HISTORY. All you need to do is look around you and you will see your inbred. Check out where all the crime is??? NY all Northern States. Before you throw rocks little woman you best check your own door. This shows that you are pretty stupid because the topic is Matt Lauer not FOX. So the next time you comment READ if you can????? Which I doubt.

      • Benny says:

        Not sure what this post has to do with whether an anchor is leaving NBC, but since you brought it up:

        I was born in Mississippi and live in Huntsville, Alabama. I have an IQ of 142, an engineering degree, and work in a highly technical field. If you research Huntsville, you will find that it is the home of the second largest research and development center in the world. The largest is in North Carolina (which is also in the South, BTW). Huntsville also has the highest number of holders of doctorate degrees per capita than any city in the US.

        I don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t curse, and have been married to the same woman for almost 33 years without any out of wedlock children. I also have $800,000 in the bank and have never accepted welfare – not even unemployment benefits.

        I think Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Duke, Rice, Emory, Tufts, Wake Forest, and North Carolina would argue with you about whether they are good colleges or not.

        I travel frequently to all parts of the US and Europe and have not found anywhere else I would rather live. How does this fit with your ignorant stereotypes of the South and Southerners?

      • Sebastian says:

        They are honest and fair at FOX unlike CNN where they spent their days pretending to serach for planes.
        Megyn Kelly had some tough questions for Bush and it landed him in hot water. At MSNBC they have flowers for Obama and the rest of the Democrats

    • dmalsbury says:

      They ALL need to go. I’d rather watch an old movie on tcm. Oh, wait a minute, that’s what I do! Haven’t like the show since 2001.

  60. Joey Corn says:

    Just dump Matty – ‘poo poo’ and be done with it. We are all so done with the sideline sideshows by Matty and Brian baby.

  61. DougieMac says:

    All are likeable except Lauer. He used up his last 5 minutes after back stabbing Ann Curry. Tamron is way too silly and as most have noted, she adds nothing to the team. Jenna Bush Hager is probably the biggest moron NBC has put on the airwaves, she does not come across as the least bit sincere or talented in broadcast journalism. I don’t think Lauer anchors the TODAY show as much as the other team members, and it would be refreshing to secure a solid replacement for him instead of any thoughts of removing Natalie M.
    John Stewart available??

  62. Chris says:

    Why does NBC put up with Lauer? There is always a report of his popularity dropping and cheating and rumors. Matt should be the one to go.

  63. Cindy Matthews says:

    I don’t watch the Today show because of Matt Lauer.

  64. truth says:

    You are so right she merely had a affair with him to further her career.
    Unfortunately LAUER KNOCKED HER UP WIFE FOUND OUT. kid LOOKS JUST LIKE HIM I WOULD CALL HER A GOLDDIGGING WHORE, WHICH IS WHAT SHE IS

    • GailyC says:

      Want to calm down and take the caps lock off? Have to admit when I see rants like yours, I just go to the next one. BTW: rude and bitchy doesn’t work either.

  65. truth says:

    omg I cant believe it, u have to be kidding classy, they both slept their way to the top

  66. eazy says:

    I quit watching Today after the Ann Curry fiasco, which I believe was completely the scum bag Matt Lauer’s fault. Now it is happening again? Maybe Today would be better off getting rid of Moron Lauer.

  67. leigh says:

    I think it’s time for Matt Lauer to go. He’s worn out his position. There are plenty of guys that can fill his seat. Who is he to decide who goes or stays. Who has he got over a barrel!!! I loved Ann Curry and I love Natalie. Never have like Hoda or Tamron. Didn’t FOX fire Tamron??

  68. suzie mills says:

    Get rid of Al !!! He is so irritating!!!!! The stupid Orange Room is so corny. I now watch Charlie Rose…he is the best!!

  69. Tattana says:

    The today show is fine as it is. Everyone appears to work well together. Leave Tamron alone!!!! The 9 o’clock hour is my favorite with Al, Natalie, Tamron and Willie. They work well together, they are funny and genuinely appear to like each other. Stop stirring up drama. Natalie, Tamron and Willie have limited roles on the earlier hours. Natalie usually does the news, Tamron the social media…or like Willie they fill in when Matt and Savannah are off. Natalie is great and so are her other coworkers…they are all class acts…Al is funny and I love Willie.

  70. LaLu says:

    Little will change if Natalie gets cut. She doesn’t have anything significant to say and only follows the lead. She laughs when everyone else laughs. She will agree with the majority whatever the issue. She is just scenery in my opinion. I do not find anything special about her. The show has gone downhill. They now focus more on fluff than news content which disappoints me. Savanah is a poor role model for up and coming young professional women. It would have been more tasteful if her pregnancy and wedding were kept private instead of publicizing it. And shame on the crew for glorifying it on air.

  71. Mike says:

    Matt needs to go! I feel that he brings nothing to the show. Is ego has always been too big for the show. The Today show will continue to suffer if they don’t retire Matt soon.

  72. GailyC says:

    Sounds pretty par for Lauer. After the Ann Curry fiasco, you would think he would back off. However…wasn’t he rumored to be messing around with Natalie back in the day? Hmmmm. Anyway, if they were going to get rid of someone, Natalie would be the keeper.

  73. Greg says:

    These “personalities” come and go. Maybe they will bring back Dave Garroway, along with Fred Muggs. That is about the last time I connected with the show. I haven’t watched the Today Show in years. I prefer local programming, which is difficult to find any more. Networks dictate too much what to put on.

    • Greg says:

      I forgot to add – I get a lot of my “national” news from Weekend Update on SNL. I feel like they do a better job than the others, especially the commentary.

  74. Jan C says:

    Personally I don’t care what they do with the show they got rid of all the good people a long time ago. Don’t watch it anymore for that reason. Thumbs down on Matt and Al they both make me want to vomit. if the today show wants to get back on track those two are the ones to get rid of.

  75. Patricia Meisels says:

    Since we are having a bitch fest, I would like to add that I deplore Matt Lauer. The man is substandard at best. He’s a news reader, and I do not consider him to be a “journalist” in the true definition of the word. When Katie was there, he knew his place, and it was after Katie. He got along so well with Meredith because he was never threatened by her. She allowed him the “lead”…But, when he set out after Ann Curry, who is the true definition of a “journalist” he couldn’t stand it. She truly threatened him and his ego is way bigger than who he really is. Matt Lauer is a philander, he has had several affairs according to Page 6 and the Daily News. His wife at one time filed for divorce and then rescinded it. The one thing that NBC does not like is their folks screwing around on their spouses. One of those women that were reported to have had a fling with Matt Lauer was NATALIE Morales. True/Not True, really, why do we care? The one thing I do know is that I have been watching the TODAY show since 1967 and I was in Jr. High School and my mom had it on. The Today show was THE one morning program that you would know that the reporting was timely, you wouldn’t get bored with the “celebrity” crap that they put on now. It was a “morning News Show”…Now, it is far from it. The first 30 min. is news..and everything after that is about Vapid, self important morons that need to hawk something. I was not fond of Savannah until recently, not because she took Ann Curry’s place, but because I didn’t feel she “fit”, I feel differently now because the show has concentrated on “airhead” programming, she now fits. I cannot stand Al Roker, the man has become a smug, arrogant, self important, with an ego that couldn’t fit through the front door. When Al Roker lost his weight due to the surgery and he swore it was a huge secret, BUT, on the way to the hospital cameras were there and everything was filmed for a later segment on TODAY> Yea big secret. LOL…He is a arrogant man. As for Tamron Hall. If she were blond I would think she was the epitome of the “stupid blond” jokes that have run rampant for years. Some of the things that come out of her mouth are ridiculous and she is the only one laughing. Willie Geist, I like him, and I am glad he got away from Morning Joe. He is worth more then sitting across from Joe Scarborough and his sinking fishing boat. That leaves Hoda and Kathie Lee. I love Hoda, she is an excellent journalist, I love watching her reports on Dateline. Kathie Lee on the other hand needs to go. She bored everyone for years with Regis Philbin bragging about her kids and Frank Gifford all the damned time and frankly speaking when Frank Gifford cheated on her, she shut up for a long while and then she left the show. Now she is back on morning TV and she is not relevant. I don’t mind having wine, but she is a lush and Hoda is turning into one sitting next to her. A question….why is this country so fascinated with “celebrities”…really,, why? They are no better then anyone else, they are over paid, spoiled little children that this country treats as “royalty. It is disgusting. I would love to see programming on folks that are not celebrities and yet contribute to their communities …at least one a week. Mother’s day is here, and all week we have had to endure their mommies. What, their mothers are the only mothers worth talking about? And the truth is, how many of us can afford to do the things that the Today Show 8 got to do at the expense of NBC??? If I wanted hokey I would turn to the numerous channels available on Cable TV. The whole show has had such an upheaval to cater to the younger millennials, and they have forgotten about those of us that are retirees and still have years ahead of us. Nothing is ever about Seniors, which are now between 50 – upwards. The show all 3 hours has just become VAPID. And WHY are the women always looking like idiots and the men are so damned intelligent? Seriously, this has been going on there at TODAY since Ann Curry was booted. I would love to know the difference in pay scale of Matt, Al and Willie up against the women of TODAY…now that, would be a story!!!

    • Alexandra says:

      Excellent summary, Patricia. I think someone has finally hit the nail on the head.

      Appreciated.

    • Kathy McLaren says:

      I was furious about Anne Curry and now Natalie Morales! I don’t watch the Today show because I really dislike Matt Lauer. I agree with Patricia Meisels. I would sign a petition to boot Matt if there was or is one.

  76. JB says:

    Good Bye Matt!!!!

  77. Manuel Garcia says:

    One less clone of Katie Couric. I observed that the majority of the females in the Today Show have the same tone of Katie Couric’s voice except for Hoda and Kathy Lee.

  78. Rhonda says:

    If anybody should get the boot its Matt Lauer. He’s so boring. Cardboard has more personality … and talent.

  79. Sherliey says:

    Nat is the best, Matt is skunk always insulting women.

  80. Pam says:

    Ann was just adaorable. why did Matt do that?

  81. dAni says:

    Please that woman alone, she is so nice.

  82. Zoe says:

    I have to agree on this one, Morales is very nice.

  83. Olivia Na. says:

    Natalie is super nice all the time, I love her on that show.

  84. fanofthe says:

    His character will be missed. It seems the other actors were quick to move on. After 10 years, they did not seem to care much about his departure.

  85. Da T. says:

    What a stunning woman. wow, miaou.

  86. Fanny D. says:

    They must be crazy if they think getting rid of Natalie is a good idea. She is the class and nice factor on that show.

  87. Jane says:

    I can’t believe that Matt Lauer would do something like that. This is just a rumor.

  88. Kailyne says:

    Nat is so sweet and funy. Matt is a prick.

  89. Martina says:

    She looks like a decent person.

  90. Sarah says:

    Her pic with JLO is stunning. Love beautiful women standing together.

  91. Danieal D says:

    SHE IS FUNNY – JUST DON’T ASK TO INTERVIEW OBAMA.


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