"The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience," the anchor told Esquire. "I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact."
However, he noted that he wasn't allowed to complain about it because, "Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining?"
"No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well -- your friends and your family -- know what’s true," he added.
Lauer, who has been scrutinized for his reportedly astronomic salary, went on to say that in his 20 years on NBC he's "never seen the amount of money I make reported correctly by the media."
Although he failed to set the record straight by providing the correct figure, Lauer said that in spite the lows his time with the broadcasting company has been "unbelievably fantastic."
“If I were to write a contract and put it in front of a group of young broadcasters and journalists, and on this piece of paper it said, ‘You’re going to have 20 years as host of the "Today" show, and 18 of those years are going to be so unbelievably fantastic that you’re going to think you’re living in a fantasy world. And one or two of those years is going to be incredibly frustrating and challenging,’ don’t you think every single one of those young broadcasters and journalists would grab that paper out of my hand and sign on the dotted line?”