Matt Lauer apologized this week via Twitter to a former "Today" show intern who said the iconic TV host was "not nice" to him when he worked there in 1997.
The exchange further fueled Lauer's bad rep in the midst of his campaign to repair it. The "Today" host was the focus of a New York Magazine cover story this week about the dysfunction at the "Today" show, and he also recently opened up to the Daily Beast for the first time about the Ann Curry disaster.
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The intern flap stated when Mark Zinni, now a reporter and anchor on Fox 8 in Cleveland, responded to a question from a Twitter follower asking what Lauer was like during his "Today" internship.
Lauer quickly responded.
Zinni got a kick out of all the attention the Lauer tweet brought him.
Zinni took to Fox 8's website to elaborate on his comments about Lauer.
"I didn't slam the guy, I just made an honest comment," Zinni wrote. "I'm not disgruntled but I am someone who's happy to be working at the best station in my hometown with wonderful people. By the way, Katie and Ann were great, but now I start my day with FOX 8 News in the Morning."
Lauer's public image has taken a beating since last year when his co-host Ann Curry was unceremoniously dumped for Savannah Guthrie
. Loyal viewers blamed Lauer for Curry's virtual demise.
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"Everybody at NBC, everybody at the Today show, everybody understood that Ann was kicked out of her position because Matt didn't want her there," a prominent NBC staffer told New York writer Joe Hagan. "That's why it was so personal between Ann and Matt."
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