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Matt Lauer talks Ann Curry's messy 'Today' departure

In June of 2012, a tearful Ann Curry revealed that she was leaving the Today show. The decision to exit clearly hadn’t been Curry’s own to make: “For all of you that saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line — but man I did try,” she told viewers as colleagues Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Natalie Morales lent moral support.

To some, that support didn’t seem quite supportive enough — especially in Lauer’s case. Many viewers placed responsibility for Curry’s awkward ousting and the show’s dwindling ratings squarely on Lauer’s shoulders. Even Al Roker apparently played the blame game; in August, he made a quip about NBC anchors throwing each other “under the bus” that seemed aimed in Lauer’s direction. (NBC maintained that the joke had nothing to do with Curry.)

According to an interview with Lauer on The Daily Beast, things got so bad at one point that he told NBC Universal chief executive Steve Burke that he’d “get out of the way” if Burke thought Today would be better off without him. Burke brushed off Lauer’s offer, calling him “the best person who’s ever done this” — but even so, Lauer evidently still has some residual guilt over the Curry fiasco. READ FULL STORY

The Daily Beast and Newsweek merge (again): Meet 'NewsBeast'

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Newsweek is no more. And neither is The Daily Beast.

What was once Newsweek/The Daily Beast will now be called “NewsBeast,” CEO Baba Shetty and British spirit guide Tina Brown announced this morning.

The news marks the end of the ongoing combination of two formerly separate entities — Newsweek in print and The Daily Beast online — which first came together in 2010 when Tina Brown, founder of TDB, assumed control of the flagging magazine, which was plagued with debt and shrinking ad sales.

The relationship was marked with a series of provocative cover stories. Last year, Newsweek announced that it would cease publication and continue in digital form, with its last physical issue following in December.

The “NewsBeast” announcement reflects both that Newsweek isn’t quite forgotten and, more importantly, that The Daily Beast’s brand as a digital carnivore (it’s in the name, y’all) is taking a further step toward the literal.

Most importantly: Will more people flock to a website that name-checks a magazine that once declared Obama the “first gay president”?

Read more:
Newsweek ending print publication, all-digital by year’s end
Newsweek’s controversial cover: ‘Hit The Road, Barack’

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