"Today" has taken a massive hit to the ratings since Ann Curry was unceremoniously ousted last year, and in an interview with the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz, Matt Lauer finally weighed in on the departure that rocked the morning show world.
Lauer's public image took a hit during the chaotic transition from Curry to Savannah Guthrie, but the longtime anchor said network executives made the final decision.
“I don’t think the show and the network handled the transition well. You don’t have to be Einstein to know that,” Lauer told Kurtz.
“It clearly did not help us. We were seen as a family, and we didn’t handle a family matter well," he added.
According to the report, Lauer offered to resign when network brass said they were unhappy with the co-anchors' decided lack of onscreen chemistry.
The Peacock and Lauer have been working to improve the show's image since the PR meltdown, even organizing a friendly lunch date for the "Today" host and Curry back in December.
Watch Curry's emotional goodbye below: