Kathie Lee Gifford Wanted to Publish an Ad Defending Matt Lauer


By Chris O'Shea Comment

The extensive bashing of Matt Lauer has left him with few fans, but Kathie Lee Gifford — in her own goofy way — wanted to make sure everyone knew he still had friends at the Today show. The New York Daily News reports that her plan was to buy a full page ad in USA Today, featuring signatures from “hundreds” of Today staffers.

The idea of a pity party didn’t sit well with Lauer, so he asked her not to do it. Instead, she told the Daily News all about it, and now everyone knows about the ad anyway. Well done.

Here’s the ad’s cheesy copy:

We the people of the ‘Today’ show who work side by side, day by day, year in and year out with Matt Lauer are tired of unfounded and unrelenting stories by faceless characters regarding his character and reputation. No one has coerced us to sign this. With our signatures we stand in support of our colleague and friend.

Gifford said that she undertook the project, which included signatures from Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Willie Geist, because “I have a deep sense of injustice about things.” Sure you do KLG, sure you do.

[Image: Daily News]