Matt Lauer's having a rough week. Not only is his future at Today under close speculation, but now his character is under attack.
On Tuesday, Darren Sweeney, a local Fox reporter in Ohio, quoted former Today intern Mark Zinni criticizing Lauer on Twitter. "I was just a young kid with a bright future ahead of me," Zinni said, adding that the host was "not so nice." Zinni also retweeted Sweeney's tweet.
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The next day, Lauer, who rarely tweets, responded
: "huh? Always tried to be nice Mark. Sorry you didn't think so. Hope you're doing well. Matt"
Zinni, who interned at Today
in 1997 (the same year Lauer became co-host) and is now an anchor at Cleveland's Fox affiliate station, elaborated on his story on Fox 8
's website. "If you know me, you probably know that I don't take myself too seriously," Zinni wrote. "So my answer was more of a joke about being young and naïve 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."
Zinni said that he was "shocked" and "flattered" that Lauer bothered responding or remembered him at all.
"By the way, Katie [Couric] and Ann [Curry] were great," he added.
Do you believe Zinni?