Al Roker denies resentment towards “Today Show”
TV weatherman Al Roker has reportedly made a string of attempts to despite the “Today Show” — this according to some reports, claiming that the anchor is angry over Ann Curry getting booted off the show.
According to reports, 58-year-old Al Roker denied all allegations that there was some kind of animosity between him and other workers on the “Today Show,” adding that he cared for Ann Curry, but was only making a joke on Thursday.
“I miss Ann and I love Ann, but to be clear, The ‘under the bus’ joke was one we’ve made dozens of times. Nothing more, nothing less,” the news anchor posted on his Twitter page.
Al Roker also admitted that he did not understand such bad rumors, but was still happy due to the extra publicity given the show’s dropping ratings.
“Why some online sites are trying to create something where there’s nothing is beyond me. Like it or not, we actually get along on,” Roker said. “The good news, the more they mention us, trying to foment trouble, the more people will tune in.”
There have been reports that Al Roker was allegedly mad over the fact that Ann Curry — who has been described as his “bestest friend in the world,” was removed from the “Today Show” in an attempt to amp up the ratings. It also appears that the weather anchor is putting the blame on TV journalist and “Today Show” host Matt Lauer.
Reports making rounds on the Internet stated that older producers on the “Today Show” believe that Lauer is actually the one responsible for the laying off of Ann Curry.
“There are several producers that have been with the TODAY Show for a very long time, over 10 years, and Matt Lauer is now hated by them because they feel that he is responsible for Ann Curry’s being fired,” a source told media outlet Radar Online earlier this week.
Such reports claimed that Al Roker has allegedly made a string of awkward statements, one of which included an attack suggesting that Matt Lauer was responsible for Curry being fired.
On Thursday, Lauer said, “The tradition here in New York is you throw her in the Hudson River.” He was talking about the Olympic U.S. women’s team tradition of throwing a player after a race.
“Which is different than our tradition, which is you throw one of us under the bus. But that’s another story,” Al Roker responded.
“Tomb Raider” star Angelina Jolie has even been rumored to be throwing her support for Ann Curry, suggesting that she would be willing to do a personal interview, but only with Curry and refusing an interview with anyone else on the “Today Show.”
“Angelina reached out to Ann Curry after she was fired from her gig on the TODAY show and was very clear, if any news programme from NBC wants an interview with her, or Brad (Pitt), Ann will be the only one to do it,” another source told Radar Online.