According to the New York Post, Lauer — a longtime friend of Lack — took the stage to emcee the event by saying:
"I'm a bit surprised to be asked to host this dinner. If you’ve been following the papers lately, you know it’s been a bit rough for me. These days, I only get asked to host dinners if polio is busy. Yup, I have a lower Q rating than polio right now.”
The "Today" show host continued to take jabs at himself when introducing his former co-host Katie Couric:
“Katie has a way of making headlines. Who can forget when she was co-host of the ‘Today’ show? She got a colonoscopy on TV. Not to be outdone, two weeks ago, I got one in The New York Times."
The Huffington Post summed the up the article: "Stelter reported that some 'Today' staffers think that the damage done to Lauer's reputation cannot be repaired, and that he will not sign another contract with the show; that his 'Q score,' widely seen as a top barometer of television popularity, has plummeted by more than 50 percent over the past two years and put him behind ABC rival George Stephanopoulos (though NBC disputes this); that NBC executives are concerned about his 'connection' to the audience; and that Curry still feels betrayed by him."
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