Matt Lauer has been the focal point of a media barrage in the last week, and for not very great reasons. Seems the Today Show is a cupboard packed to the brim with backstabbing and a whole bunch of other nonsense. Then the reports of NBC offering the show to Anderson Cooper emerged and, well, things don't look like they're going to get any better for Matty.
Enter Mark Zinni, former Today Show intern. In his own words from Fox 8:
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.”
Lauer, who isn't extremely active on Twitter, saw the tweet and responded. Because, why not?
And that, friends, is how Zinni became an internet famous person for a day.
He'll now return to hokey jokes and putting on big sweaters for moderately watched local newscasts.