Aren’t morning shows supposed to have nice people with sunny dispositions?
I’ve always wondered what deal Matt Lauer made with the Devil to get his gig because he’s such a huge downer and incredibly boring. I spend more time trying to figure out what a good orthodontist could do for him than ever bother to listen to what he has to say.
From what everyone reports, he’s not even a particularly nice person. People are still smarting over his perceived mistreatment of Ann Curry. None of us know for sure if that’s true or not, but it certainly always appeared that he never had her back on air. This morning, he’s on Twitter defending himself against a former intern who didn’t find him the most pleasant person to work with either. I’m still waiting for a credible co-worker to come forward and rave about him. I certainly won’t hold my breath.
Savannah Guthrie is a lovely talented co-host, but there is only so much one person can carry. Who wants to watch some grumpy mean guy in the morning? A little grumpy works when it’s late night and the brilliant comedy of David Letterman, but not with eggs and OJ. No one wants to start the day with indigestion.
Sour dour Lauer isn’t funny. He isn’t even good looking. So what does he bring to a long running national morning program with a great tradition?
Rumor is that NBC approached CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the job, but he turned them down.
Here are my two suggested replacements.
NYC Fox 5 host Greg Kelly is a very nice, upbeat attractive guy. My day would start out a thousand times better if I could wake up to Greg in the morning (on TV or otherwise).
An even better choice is Dave Briggs who recently left Fox & Friends to join the NBC family to join NBC Sports. He and Savannah would make a striking team. Both are so good looking they’d instantly be the Ken and Barbie of morning shows.
Hopefully, viewers don’t have much longer to endure Lauer. He looks like a turtle ready to throw a tantrum at any time. Plus, he’s way too short for Savannah. She can’t wear fabulous heels because she’d be towering over the testy turtle.
Clearly, NBC should send Lauer off to wherever morning hosts who’ve been around forever go. Maybe he could do obscure hour long specials for MSNBC that they could use to fill the 1:00am time slot.
In the meantime, ditch him. Then Ann Curry, the gang at 30 Rock, and most importantly the audience can all raise a glass of champagne in celebration.