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Tamron Hall In Talks To Become "The Today Show" Third Hour Co-Host

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by Sergio
June 29, 2012 4:59 PM
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So here's a lesson on how cutthroat the television business is. As you know, Ann Curry, the 15 year veteran of The Today Show and the program's official co-host with Matt Lauer since June 2011, got a shiv in the back by NBC this week.

Officially because of slumping ratings (though the show is still No.1 in the mornings), Curry was dumped as co-host and given the job as an international roving correspondent for NBC News.

Anyone who saw her tearful and emotional farewell speech Thursday knows how devastated she was by the turn of events, and still in a fog about how everything went so wrong so fast. (And she also knows how to respond if you check her body language HERE when she gets a kiss from Lauer)

Of course the slump in the ratings could have in no way been Lauer's fault. In the network's eyes nothing is ever his fault. He could burn down Rockfeller Center and they'll blame Al Roker.

But for weeks, the talk was that the real reason why Curry was removed was because Lauer simply didn't like her. News reports said that, behind the scenes, when Lauer negotiated his new contract with NBC for the Today Show this spring (bumping his yearly salary from $17 million a year to $25 million a year) one absolute provision was that Curry would be replaced.

In Curry's place as co-host for the all important 7-9AM slot will be Savannah Guthrie who's been called "blander than oatmeal", but who, no doubt, is the right person to perform her basic requirements for the job. That is, to always smile, look at Lauer in awe and nod approvingly at whatever he says.

Guthrie previously co-hosted the 9AM third hour of Today with Roker. But now that she's been officially moved up, who will take her place?

Well, according to sources, that someone is MSNBC's Tamron Hall, who also occasionally appears on the Today Show as a substitute news anchor, and who's come a long way from her early days as a local Fox anchor in Chicago.

Reports are that she is currently in negotiations with the network to become the co-host of the 9AM slot with Roker, and she will also continue doing her daily afternoon MSNBC show NewsNation.

But the great thing about doing the Today Show gig is that she'll be working with Roker and not have to worry about getting on Lauer's bad side.

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116 Comments

  • Melissa | July 18, 2014 11:26 AMReply

    I love the Today show but, lately watching the new Anchor Tamron Hall is hard to watch! I'm not sure if she is just socially awkward or just plain out of it! It's hard to watch she seems uncomfortable up there! Hope this morning show gets better!!

  • kenbyer | July 18, 2014 10:17 AMReply

    Today was awful. Tamron Natalie and Jenna talked over each other making the show impossible to watch.
    Thank you Al for asking them to stop.

  • unbelievable | June 19, 2014 10:14 AMReply

    It seems very clear to me that women are nasty mean bitches with ZERO respect for each other. Gross and Disgusting!!!!

  • robin | June 19, 2014 9:37 AMReply

    I was out having a late lunch at a restaurant on Irving Place. Ten minutes before we where ready to leave walks in Tamron Hall. She walks to the back of the restaurant and hides in a corner with a glass of rose and a new rolex watch and her cell phone.
    We where the only people in the restaurant beside the folks that work there. I would have never guessed that she was such a stand off bitch.
    Started watching NBC about a year ago because I hate Lara Spencer and Kelly Ripa show.
    I think you lost a viewer. I hate when people think they are better then anyone else. Clearly , she is not!
    Funny thing is, We had no intention of bugging her. It truly was very awkward and it did not have to be. Good bye NBC!

  • uhaveissues | June 19, 2014 10:09 AM

    People like you who make assumptions about people they know nothing about are ridiculous, get a freakin life! Green doesn't go with everything, change your attitude and maybe one day you'll be happy with yourself.

  • Jill | June 2, 2014 11:58 AMReply

    Maybe Tee (Tamron) should stop defending her behavior and take the criticism of the viewers. Learn from it and change. Stomping your feet like a baby and insisting you are great is well, classless. Oh! Right! You are. My bad. Stop going on review and comment boards and saying the same exact things. Kinda gives you away...

  • City Gal | May 14, 2014 12:09 PMReply

    Have to agree, Tamron Hall is pushing me to Good Morning America. She is silly and annoying, I guess right on par with Savannah Guthrie. Personally I like Natalie Morales, she's getting to be the only one of the ladies with substance. Tamron needs to act professionally and tone down the way she dresses. It's up to NBC to guide and correct her, appears they're not doing their job

  • Joeblo | June 21, 2014 10:59 AM

    You are going to watch a different show because you don't like opinionated people and the way they dress? Oh I get it, you want someone who will sit up there, smile, say the "right things", and not have an opinion because you think having an opinion and expressing said opinion is " unprofessional". Hell, anybody can do that. In that case why don't we just put a blow up doll in front of the camera and dress it really nicely. You seriously need to get over yourself and realize there are different ways to go to business.

  • Carolyn Jagielski | May 2, 2014 2:19 PMReply

    I thought Al Roker was loud and annoying, trying to be funny and a comedian which he is not, but boy was I wrong. Tamron Hall has got him beat. She's obnoxiously, overly loud, always bragging how much her tacky wardrobe costs and tries to outtalk and outshine everyone else. Between her and Al Roker they give a bad taste to the morning news show. They had good lady news anchors and got rid of them thinking they were the problem for low ratings. How wrong they were and still ARE. If they would just do the news and weather, not try to be comedians, tone it down several notches and try not to outshine and outtalk everyone else, the Today show would go much better with my morning coffee. NBC could always rename the show and call it, "The Roker and Hall Comedy I Can Outtalk and Talk Louder Than You Morning News Show" and hope for better ratings.

  • Joeblo | June 21, 2014 11:06 AM

    You want them to just "do the weather" and "tone it down several notches". Sounds like you think women should just stay in their place and not have an opinion. Try giving personality a chance. The news doesn't have to be as dry as a desert.

  • GreatIdaho | May 1, 2014 11:01 AMReply

    Tamron Hall gives women of any color a bad name; she's the epitome of blonde jokes and must think she's cute when she acts silly and helpless. The tight, see-through clothes must go. Don't the producers of the Today Show care what impression she gives to viewers? Natalie could teach her a few things about professionalism and style.

  • kerrie johnson | April 3, 2014 9:24 AMReply

    Just watching the Today Show and find myself constantly changing the channel when Tamryn Hall appears. She is as annoying as Ann Curry was. She is beautiful and is a pretty good anchor when she is in a serious mode, but if you give her an inch she busts out in to such silliness it is impossible to watch. I think making her a bigger part of the desk is a big mistake!

  • Joeblo | June 21, 2014 11:11 AM

    T Jones. You want them to "just tell the news"?? Well anybody can do that. What's the point of having different people up there if they are just going to "tell the news". You sound like a really interesting person!

  • T Jones | April 23, 2014 8:21 AM

    I have to agree with this. Also, she is so opinionated that it's sickening. When I watch the news, I don't want to hear the news anchors' personal opinions, and I don't want to hear about their partying. Just tell the news!

  • Sue | April 2, 2014 3:40 PMReply

    The Today Show is a family show. Tamron Hall needs to cover her breast better. Not everyone wants to look at her, breast. I have noticed more and more that her clothes do not cover her.
    That needs to change. I have read these comments about her. Why doesn't some one listen to what we are saying? She is a disgrace to NBC. Maybe is is time to change the channel.

  • Sergio | April 3, 2014 11:09 AM

    "Tamron Hall needs to cover her breasts better."

    Hell no she doesn't

    "Not everyone wants to look at her breasts. "

    Guys like me do

    "I have noticed more and more that her clothes do not cover her"

    Good for her. Let's see more skin The more the better. It'll give me a reason to stop watching CBS Morning Show

  • Maryanne | April 2, 2014 11:11 AMReply

    I think Natalie and her family are writing all of these comments. Tamron definitely brings a refreshing perspective to the today show. I appreciate her personality, she always look beautiful, and she is intelligent. The people that don't like her, CHANGE the CHANNEL! Really. You don't have to watch. I think she'll be around for a while. ;-) Al and Willie love her. It's Natalie that doesn't fit in. Tamron loves to laugh, but I'm thinking you people that don't like her, don't like fun. Either change the channel or just stop all of the bashing Tamron. I love the Today Show.

  • Carl | March 28, 2014 10:49 PMReply

    If Tamron wasn't fine as hell and looked like many of the fat ass prairie dogs that type on this blog, you wouldn't be reading these comments. Everyone can't be fat and ugly ok? Deal with it. Turn the channel and hit a stair master.

  • Anne | March 28, 2014 10:18 PMReply

    After reading so many of these comments, I am glad to know I am not alone in my feeling about Tamron Hall. She is horrible on the Today Show, the other co-hosts seem unassuming but Tamron Hall is so egotistical and a show off - too annoying to watch so I switch to Good Morning America.

  • Vicki | June 19, 2014 10:25 AM

    AMEN

  • jane | March 25, 2014 6:38 AMReply

    Oh my... what is happening here? People are defending the ridiculous shenanigans that go on on the Today Show? It's become a terrible joke... first the over-emoting Ann Curry (thankfully gone)... the unbearable last hour with Kathy Lee thinking we care about her... now Tamron, behaving like a teenage fool. I forgot to mention the awful Jenna Bush. As a lifelong viewer, I have abandoned this hot mess. Bring back Meredith. She and Matt were super together. But now it's only watching boring, self-indulgent fools dumb down news etc. The Today Show talking heads seem to think we care more about them than we do about the issues. It's a joke.

  • Mel | April 4, 2014 9:28 AM

    I couldn't agree more! Tamron Hall talks over everyone and too much. The Kathy Lee portion is like a peek into a hen house with their clucking. Little to no professionalism on that show any longer.

  • Sue | March 24, 2014 12:02 PMReply

    I watched Tamron sometimes on MSNBC and for the most part liked her. However, on the Today show she is giggly, loud and overbearing.

  • Joan | March 24, 2014 9:56 AMReply

    What's with the white dress she has on this morning. NOT age appropriate and again that HEE HAW laugh---just tuned them out.

  • Rick Schlauch | April 18, 2014 8:21 AM

    She is egotistical, tries to talk over EVERYBODY, and annoying as hell.

  • sergio | March 24, 2014 10:26 AM

    So you're just going to bitch and moan every day about Hall? If you can't stand her then why do you watch the show? Why not watch CBS Morning Show instead? Meanwhile let me watch Tamron wear her tight clothing showing off every curve to my great enjoyment

  • Audrey | March 24, 2014 9:22 AMReply

    Is Tamron making her First Communion? Great dress for the occasion!

  • Joan | March 23, 2014 6:15 PMReply

    TAMARON HALL oh why oh why did they move her to the today show. I did watch her a couple times on her news hour and she's ok in that seat but she just does not blend in with the TODAY morning cast! Matter of fact I found myself turning off the TODAY SHOW last week 3 times, could not take her clothes, laugh and her talking over everyone else! Not a good match.

  • Amelia | March 21, 2014 12:07 PMReply

    Can't stand Tamron either. She tries to make everything about herself and makes ridiculous comments. I think she believes that she comes off as bubbly and adorable but I find her obnoxious, immature and phony. She's ruined the third hour.

  • Big Danny Burns | April 18, 2014 8:23 AM

    She is, with out a doubt, the black Jenna Wolfe, trying to get all the attention!!

  • Susan | March 21, 2014 10:19 AMReply

    She is annoying. The dress she's wearing today belongs on a 10 year old

  • Kathy moss | April 24, 2014 7:51 AM

    Its not her style of dress, her giggling or her "so called" attitude. The real problem you guys have with Tamron is that SHE IS BlACK. You must be a bunch of racists. If she smiles too much. . its a problem.

  • AHM | March 20, 2014 3:46 PMReply

    Tamron wears clothes that actually purposely draw the attention to the chest, the other day she wore a dark blue, far too short blue dress with a plunging neck that turned white at the chest so your eyes would go there. I'm no nun, by far, in fact I've always been the crazy one in my groups, but she completely distracts from the news. Savannah and Natalie also wear tailored clothes but they don't look like they're going to bust at the zippers like Tamron's do. She is also loud and interrupts and gets a little snarky when the same is done to her. Not a fan. This is the first time I've ever complained about a news anchor.

  • sergio | March 20, 2014 4:21 PM

    "Tamron wears clothes that actually purposely draw the attention to the chest..."

    And the problem is exactly what?

  • T | March 17, 2014 9:22 AMReply

    I thought it was just me! I just read comments
    regarding Tamron. I completely agree. She is very
    pretty but she is so obnoxious. I have a hard time
    watching her constantly interrupting . I thought Natalie,
    Willie and Al were great !

  • Neffi | March 14, 2014 6:02 PMReply

    Tamron is so difficult to watch. She laughs loudly at everything, interrupts everyone and wears inappropriate clothes. As a matter of fact Savannah, Natalie, Al and Matt all interrupt each other, talk at the same time and laugh, laugh, laugh at things that just aren't funny. They act like they are being paid to be comedians and bad ones at that. Today was my last day of watching The Today Show.

  • Shirley | March 14, 2014 10:50 AMReply

    Tamron is so obnoxious that I am going back to watching The Doctors. We like informative shows and all Tamron does is turn the shows into a circus, a poor one at that.

  • Adrienne | March 14, 2014 8:20 AMReply

    She's awful. I can't watch anymore. All she wants to do is talk about herself and fake giggle. She's obnoxious. And the faces-- what are you at cheerleading tryouts? It's too much. At 815am today it was uncomfortable to watch the attitude she copped when someone actually interrupted her for once. Whoa. Where's Savannah?

  • wendie | June 19, 2014 10:02 AM

    It is so sad that we have such people. You all that don't like Tamron are just haters that probably don't have jobs. She is a beautiful lady and is just trying to do her job. It's not her fault you are not as pretty. It is always hard for people to accept one for who they are and what they bring to the table. please apply and lets see how you will do. It does not matter who tells the news all you should worry about is hearing the news

  • Steve | March 13, 2014 1:17 PMReply

    Tamron Hall is so annoying. My wife and I enjoyed the show much more when there was just Willie, Al, and Natalie. Now it is so annoying hearing Tamron trying to be the center of attention yelling over everyone else. Her constant laughing,silliness and stupid acting makes us want to change the channel. As I said before, the other combination was perfect, now it's chaos.

  • wendie | June 19, 2014 10:06 AM

    Maybe you and your wife need to laugh more

  • joan ripa | March 6, 2014 1:09 PMReply

    I dont watch the third hour of the today show anymore, Tamron Hall is terrible, so is jenna bush (and too much al roker is also getting annoying) I hope to see a lot less of these three people, and get back to watching NBC all morning every morning-thank you

  • sue | March 6, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    Really don't care for tamron on this show. She needs to be a little more mature. Maybe keep behind the scenes a little longer to learn and grow more. Get a tutor on how to dress for your job.

  • Jane | March 4, 2014 1:01 PMReply

    The third hour of the Today Show use to be my favorite to watch, however with the addition of Tamron There is too much talking over each other. Tamron seems to be fighting for screen time and I don't like the new combination.

  • James | March 4, 2014 9:57 AMReply

    I have had to change to a different channel twice this week and it's only Tuesday. Tamaran has again loudly over powered the conversation, and I can't recall what the original topic was. You've lost a loyal viewer. She's uncomfortable to watch.
    Very sorry

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:25 PMReply

    Wonder why it took so long. It is now happening in 2014 and she is great. She add spirit and a new dimension to the set which was very dry during the times she was not there.

  • Fred Johnson | April 18, 2014 8:30 AM

    Im black and I totally disagree with the Teetard. She is so annoying, keep Al on there!

  • Tom Goddamnbout | April 18, 2014 8:29 AM

    Tee is black so I get it, dont agree but I get it

  • Rob Nye | April 18, 2014 8:27 AM

    Tee, your new name is TeeTard! How stupid can you be......

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:58 PM

    I meant it was dry during the last couple of weeks while Tamron was gone. I love her interactions with the rest of the team she will be working with. The chemistry is great.

  • janice | February 25, 2014 7:36 AMReply

    Tamron is a silly giggling self centered center of attention host. She interrupts every host, and takes over the scene. I hope she doesn't last, and I prey she is not replaced by Jenna Bush who is equally annoying.

  • Lisa | February 24, 2014 2:31 PMReply

    Good grief, the 9 o' clock hour used to be fun and uplifting .
    Not today, Tamron Hall was uncomfortable to watch. Seems she hung up on calling Wille Geist out. Wish she would settle down and not hog the conversation.

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 5:01 PM

    Lisa if you watch the show, you would know that Tamron is Willie's wife good friend and they seem to be buddies too and that is what you saw and it's not a negative thing. My goodness.

  • Azzi70 | February 24, 2014 10:25 AMReply

    Will, I just love Tamron and her wonderful personally to watch such a viberant person.
    She such an inspiration.


    If don't like Tamron then watch boring Savanna. I can't stand her and have stopped watch the 2 hr before.

    I thought Tamron should have taken Savanna place.

    For those two I watch GMA now.

  • Amy | February 24, 2014 12:32 AMReply

    I have been a loyal Today show fan for years. I have to say, I cannot stand Tamron Hall. She is so obnoxious, and overbearing at times, that I have to turn the channel. She wears the most inappropriate clothes, she laughs like a hyena, and she plays like she is so stupid. Please, please, please get rid of her. She is awful, and a definite cause to change the channel.

  • AHM | March 20, 2014 3:41 PM

    AGREED! She is out of place and if I wanted to see breasts in the tightest clothes ever I'd watch adult television.

  • Shari | March 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    I agree 100% Amy - I no longer watch when she is on......YECH!

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:29 PM

    I totally disagree. Go ahead and change the channel as I did with they had filling in while some of the main cast were gone. And if you were truly a regular follower of the show you would know that her and Willie are buddies and she is friends with his wife. So get a clue.

  • Rachael | February 25, 2014 12:06 AM

    Agreed.... they're just trying to bring her in so they can eventually replace Natalie Morales. Natalie and Matt are the last straw this show has for any sense of professionalism.. Good luck with this new obnoxious character.

  • S G | January 30, 2014 9:30 AMReply

    Should take Tamron Hall OFF the Today Show. She is not pleasant to watch. Very hyper and out spoken. I won't watch the show because of her. All the others are great. :(

  • Rachael | February 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    agreed

  • Marie | January 23, 2014 5:08 PMReply

    Tamron is terrible. She's so annoying on the Today show and think she's so cool. But she comes off very dumb and too flirty. I saw her do a guest spot w/ Willie and Al yesterday and it was uncomfortable to watch. She's very forced and artificial.

  • Big Danny | April 18, 2014 8:33 AM

    You are an idiot, Tee. Teetard agreed by all!!!

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 5:06 PM

    You seem stuck on putting Tamron down. Have you noticed that all of the are trying to be more lively on this show, including Natalie, Willie, Al, and Savannah? Yet you and some classless others on here have chosen to focus on Tamron. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Rachael | February 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    agreed

  • Robin | December 4, 2013 11:11 AMReply

    Tamron is definitely a very pretty woman but is there some wrong with her eyes. I have a heard time watching her because her one eye is lazy or something. Does anyone notice it bedsides me?

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:31 PM

    What a mean, rude thing to say. Go watch something else then. Maybe people don't like to look at you and your flaws.

  • Rachael | February 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    agreed

  • joanne | October 25, 2013 8:36 AMReply

    tamron is beautiful, should be one of Americas most beautiful people, also
    love her style and would love to see her permanently on the show.
    also willie is great!

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:32 PM

    I agree Joanne. Not sure what these people on here are talking about. She is great.

  • Karla | August 22, 2013 10:36 PMReply

    I love Ann Curry and Tamron Hall and think they should get rid of Matt Lauer and I do agree that Savannah Guthrie is a little like warm pudding!
    Al Roker seems to be wonderful and love him.
    Time for Matt to go!

  • Michael McIntyre | June 24, 2013 2:56 PMReply

    Tamaron Hall has gained a wealth of experience and confidence on both the Today Show and on MSNBC. She is also one of the cutest people ever on Today. I'd watch just for that reason.

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:33 PM

    Agreed. They needed her during the last couple of weeks. She adds another dimension.

  • juana | June 21, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    love her hair.. on todays show, love love love her hair

  • Tracy | June 24, 2013 9:20 AM

    I agree! Her hair rocks!!

  • Jill Tousley | May 1, 2013 10:51 AMReply

    The black and gold necklace Tamaron was wearing today. May 1st. She's wearing it with black and white dress. She's gorgeous.

  • CW Devis, Jr. | April 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    Keep saying it Rachel, she is a showoff!!

  • Jim Ward | April 18, 2014 8:34 AM

    Hey Tee, YOU get a life.

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:37 PM

    Rachel be careful, your prejudice is showing through (no matter what color you are). But who cares your opinions don't matter. Tamron is great and I am glad she was added. Anyone who has the time to make such nasty and uniformed comments need to get a life.

  • Rachael | February 25, 2014 12:09 AM

    That's the problem...she and her followers are too concerned with her fashion. She dressed very inappropriately after interviewing Mariah (aka boobs) Carey. It's annoying when she's trying so hard to show off what brands she's wearing like she's from the hood and it's unbelievable she made it here.

  • corey | March 28, 2013 9:58 AMReply

    Who made the red dress she was wearing today Mar 28?

  • cvb | March 27, 2013 4:43 PMReply

    Granted Lauer has and edge, however Curry was/is a little emotionally excessive in her interviews. All this seems to be forgotten when the Lauer roast started. His biggest problem is that he's getting older and so is Curry i. e. Leno getting the same treatment.

  • Gabriel Makonnen | December 18, 2012 10:16 AMReply

    I love Tamron Hall because she's always cheerful, bright, and through all career and News reporting exposure she always knows when to smile or laugh. Great personality for co-host.

  • Chicagoguy | August 9, 2012 10:02 AMReply

    Tamron Hall is the best for the job! I hope in the near future, Tamron take Savannah's place. Savannah is not connecting with the audience. Tamron should have been the replacement for Ann anyway. Tamron is beautiful, talented, and has what it takes. Keep looking over Tamron and your ratings will cont. to decline. Go Tamron!!!

  • DALLASGUY | March 15, 2013 4:13 PM

    Yes, please, please keep Tamron Hall on. I haven't watched the Today Show for years (maybe decades), especially since Charley Rose joined the CBS crew. While changing channels, I happened to see Tamron, and just could not change the channel while Tamron was on. She's beautiful, talented, classy and a talented reporter, and beautiful (Did I already mention that?). If she's there, I'm a Today fan. Sorry, Charley.

  • susanne | July 21, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    ann curry is one of the best journalists on the air, and I enjoyed her interviews so much more than katie couric's. I enjoyn matt lauer and think his interviews are good however my opinion nof him has changed since the departure of ann curry. I do think that he is overpaid and why aren't the female journalists on the today show making as much of a salary as he is. natalie morales is also a favorite as is savannah tamryn and of course al.

  • Andre | July 14, 2012 9:01 AMReply

    Interesting how all the hate flowing towards Tamron, she is beautiful and does her job well. Remember she's on tv and not the radio

  • LR | July 6, 2012 9:32 PMReply

    Oh, I get it. Just read she has breast implants. Guess she is more interested in being sexy than reporting the news.

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:40 PM

    Reads like this insensitive Rachel mongrel is more concerned about Tamron's style. You need to get some style.

  • Rachael | February 25, 2014 12:10 AM

    Yeah, I wouldn't doubt it. The woman is just concerned about what brands she's wearing that day and showing off her body. It's disgusting and a clue to how she probably landed this job.

  • LR | July 6, 2012 9:13 PMReply

    Tamron Hall's appearance is a turn-off on the today show. Does she have to show cleavage and/or be poured into her dress? I turn the channel everytime she is on.

  • Tee | February 25, 2014 4:42 PM

    Yes they do sound jealous and the things they are choosing to attack don't make sense. Wonder what they look like. lol

  • Zelskid | December 6, 2013 2:57 PM

    They are getting bigger. Today they seemed to have grown overnight.

  • Um No | April 11, 2013 2:40 PM

    MM...You sound like a jealous bitch.

  • mm | April 11, 2013 2:37 PM

    Amen...sick of her...if only she was as "cute" and sexy as she thinks she is or wants to be???? Turn the channel when she is on. Nothing wholesome about her.

  • sergio | March 15, 2013 4:34 PM

    I couldn't help it but just had to respond that I LOVE the way she "pours" into her dress speaking as the sexist pig man that i am

  • ALM | July 5, 2012 10:17 PMReply

    This entire situation with Ann was corporate politics in its purest form. Too many questions:

    1. What did Matt hate so much about Ann? If they couldn't give a valid reason for his dislike of her, then there is not a valid reason for it.

    2. How did Savannah get promoted before Natalie Morales, Hota Kotb, Lester Holt, and so many other capable journalists?

    3. Why did it always seem as if Ann was nervous (as if she was being harassed or shaken down behind the scenes)?

    4. What does Matt Lauer do that makes him worth $25 million a year for all of 6 hours a day of work (2-3 hours on camera + 2-3 hours of pre-show prep and post-show debrief)?

    5. Word on the street was that Matt was threatening to leave "The Today Show" to launch a daytime talk show. Why didn't NBC just let him leave? NBC overestimates Matt's popularity. God doesn't like ugly, and he isn't too fond of cute.

    6. Who on NBC's management and PR staff is so stupid that they allowed this situation to play out so messy and so publicly? I always hate when everyone in the world knows that someone will be fired before they know themselves.

    7. Why does NBC believe in Matt Lauer so much? I like Brian Williams myself.

    3 comments:

    1. I noticed that Yahoo! states that Savannah has been a legal analyst for NBC since 2007. Yahoo, you aren't slick. I have been watching "The Today Show" daily for almost the entire last 2 years, and Savannah JUST GOT THERE. There are tons of analysts behind the scenes that have been with NBC for years, I am sure. They want to gloss over the fact that Savannah just walked into the door and was handed a job. For a minute it looked like Sarah in the 4th hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda was about to get a promotion. I noticed she had an increased workload also.

    2. Ann will be fine. I have heard her beautiful voice in voice overs on the Food Network, etc. for years, so she still has side gigs.

    3. I am happy for Tamron, but I hope that she saves her money because I don't think that NBC cares for beautiful, kind, talented, classy women of color.

  • Rachael | February 25, 2014 12:18 AM

    I agree with your comments about Savannah being placed suddenly, but the reason Natalie didn't get promoted is probably due to the false accusations surrounding her and Matt having a relationship. I think Tamaron is a huge mistake for the Today show because she does not have that classy persona that we expect from anchors of such an old network. She has a great bubbly personality, but needs to tone down the sex appeal thing with revealing outfits. It is uncalled for and inappropriate for a morning news show.

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