First, the "Today" host, who took much of the heat after NBC unceremoniously demoted his former co-host Ann Curry, found out he may be replaced by Anderson Cooper before his contract expires in 2014.
Then, a producer at Fox 8 in Cleveland tweeted a comment from a former "Today" intern, anchor Mark Zinni, saying Lauer had been "not so nice."
Apparently, the beleaguered host has been following the criticism, and defended himself on Twitter.
@concede i was an intern there in '97, his first year on the job... how do i say this....? he was.... not nice.— Mark Zinni (@MarkZinni) March 26, 2013
@markzinni huh? Always tried to be nice Mark. Sorry you didn'tthink so. Hope you're doing well.Matt— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) March 27, 2013
Zinni, on the other hand, seems to be taking his new-found notoriety in stride, thanking commenters for support and hoping for a quiet weekend.