What happens when u try to speak your mind and not JUST be the token….
Al Roker’s antics during the Rio Olympics have left some Today staffers less than thrilled, according to a new report.
Page Six claims that Roker’s on-air rant about Ryan Lochte and the false story he told on the morning news show about being robbed at gunpoint left some people involved with the show ’embarrassed.’
‘There were several producers and talent who were left trying to explain Al’s over-the-top behavior,’ said the source, adding that there were also a number of insiders ‘wanting to distance themselves from his response.’
Roker appeared on Today Saturday morning and grew heated while speaking with Billy Bush, who was the first to interview Lochte about the fake robbery, screaming: ‘He lied! He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom. He left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled.’
An NBC executive shot down reports that anyone was ’embarrassed’ however, saying: ‘This is not true. No one feels this way. In fact, everyone here is happy – specifically with the Today show’s great ratings.’
Bush, for his part, seemed to have no trouble engaging with Roker on the show Saturday
‘He certainly lied about some details,’ Bush said to Roker about Lochte.
Roker quickly shot back however saying: ‘Some details? No, Billy. He lied.
‘There was no robbery, there was no pull over. There was nothing. Nobody cocked a gun to his head. He lied!’
Bush then asked Roker to ‘calm down’ and argued that because Lochte was being instructed in Portuguese he might not have understood what was happening at the gas station.
Roker fired back that the swimmers had a translator with them at the gas station, and soon after the two and co-host Natalie Morales switched subjects.
Many on social media applauded Roker for taking the stand he did, and later that evening Lochte’s interview with Matt Lauer aired in which he admitted to lying about key points of his story.
He has since been dropped by all of his major sponsors and is facing a possible lifetime ban from swimming.