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    Matt Lauer Talks Ann Curry's Controversial Departure From Today

    Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Today Show NBC/Peter Kramer

    Matt Lauer has opened up about the departure of his former Today cohost Ann Curry.

    "It was a hard time for everybody," Lauer told The Daily Beast nearly a year after Curry left and was replaced by Savannah Guthrie on the NBC morning program. "We were getting kicked around a lot. Some of it was self-inflicted and perhaps deserved."

    What's more, Lauer believes, like many, that the transition from Curry to Guthrie was simply not handled properly.

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    "You don't have to be Einstein to know that," he said. "It clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn't handle a family matter well."

    Meanwhile, Today now finds itself taking a backseat in the ratings to rival Good Morning America.

    "In some ways being No. 2 in the ratings is a real shot in the arm, a kick in the pants," Lauer noted. "It makes you hungrier...I don't think it's a bad thing to have a fire lit under your ass."

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