TELEVISION: Matt Lauer (Sort of) Apologizes to Cleveland FOX 8 Anchor

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Another day, another Matt Lauer story.

This has been a tough week for the “Today” co-host, whose shaky footing at the morning show was the subject of a lengthy piece in New York magazine. Deadline Hollywood reported on Wednesday that the network approached CNN host Anderson Cooper to replace Lauer on “Today” before his contract expires in 2014. And today, FTVLive posted a story on the apology Lauer tweeted to his former intern.

Local Fox reporter, Mark Zinni, retweeted a follower on Tuesday who quoted him saying that Lauer was “not so nice” when Zinni was an intern at the “Today” show in 1997 (the same year Lauer became co-host). Lauer, who is not the most frequent of tweeters, responded.

To see Lauer’s tweet, click here: huffingtonpost.com

Article Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Matt Lauer Picture Courtesy of Getty Images and The Huffington Post

 

Mark Zinni

Here is Zinni’s response:

I’m not in the business of being ’in’ the news, but since I am, here’s my take on something that has gotten a little out of control.

It was a long, long time ago when I spent a summer in New York City and had an amazing internship at the Today Show.  1997 was a great year, but let’s fast forward to Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Obviously, the Today Show has been in the news and there was something else posted online early that morning. Darren Sweeney, an executive producer at FOX 8, asked about my experience with Matt Lauer.

If you know me, you probably know that I don’t take myself too seriously. So, my answer was more of a joke about being young and naive during my time at Today, but I added that he wasn’t nice to me.

I didn’t slam the guy, I just made an honest comment.

Darren tweeted my comment which was followed-up by a viewer who asked a more direct question.

My response? “How do I say this….? He was… Not nice.”

@CONCEDE i was an intern there in ’97, his first year on the job… how do i say this….? he was…. not nice.”

To see more of Zinni’s side of the tweet, click here: Fox8.com

Article and Mark Zinni Picture Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News

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