By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Sep 12, 2012 11:38 AM EDT
Matt Lauer apparently does not feel as if Al Roker is trying to sabotage the "Today" show. Despite recent controversy over some past comments made by Roker to Lauer on the program, the host insisted that the beef is merely a "rumor."
While Lauer was heading home from a New York City gym on Tuesday, Sept. 11, he was queried by TMZ on not only "Good Morning America's" current ratings lead, but also on the respective "Today" drama.
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"We feel the heat every day," Lauer said. "... But we have for the last 20 years that I've been there."
"We're just trying to do the best show we can do every single day ... and I think we're doing a good job right now ... and I think the cycle will reverse," Lauer added.
On Aug. 23, Roker pulled a frozen face for roughly 17 seconds during a live on-air segment with Lauer.
When co-host Savannah Guthrie tried to crack a joke about Roker being a perfect match for the wax museum, he replied with the following:
"We ARE in a wax museum, so it all works out pretty well."
The respective comment came exactly one week after Roker made another controversial one, on the Aug. 16 airing of the show.
While interviewing some female Olympic rowers about one of their post-match traditions of throwing a teammate in the water, Lauer had jokingly said to one of the athletes, "The tradition here in NY is you throw her in the Hudson River."
This prompted Roker to say, "Which is different than our tradition, which is you throw one of us under the bus, but that's another story." It was then followed with awkward chuckles from all.
On June 28, Ann Curry announced her emotional departure from her co-host post alongside Lauer on "Today." It was revealed that her removal was due to the show's low ratings as well as stiff competition from "Good Morning America." However, buzz has continued to swirl that Lauer had personally endorsed her removal from the NBC morning show.
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