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Matt Lauer and Jay Leno: Unwanted!

HOSTS OF PROBLEMS DEPT.

It’s not a great time to be the longtime host of an NBC show! In the last week, it’s come to light that in addition to swapping out Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, NBC is also possibly looking to replace Matt Lauer with Anderson Cooper on The Today Show. We know that unemployment is a big problem in this country — but in this case, we’re cool with it.

Which U.S. Job Areas are Growing (and Which are Shrinking)

UNEMPLOYS THE THING DEPT.

Today the U.S. Government released the latest job statistics, citing an 80,000 gain in jobs for the month of June. While at first glance these numbers make it appear as if the entire U.S. economy is at a virtual standstill, in fact there are many sectors within the job market where opportunities abound. Here is a breakdown of some of the job market's biggest growth areas, and a few of its most glaring losers.

The Real Reasons Why Ann Curry Was Fired from "The Today Show"

GOOD MOURNING AMERICA DEPT.

Ann Curry has left her co-anchor position on NBC's The Today Show, saying a tearful goodbye to viewers just as NBC execs were saying a tearful goodbye to the show's 852-week streak as morning ratings champ. Officially, Ann was ousted from the position after Good Morning America took the top ratings spot, but who can say what really happened in the fast-and-furious-and-forgettable world of morning TV? We can. 

Sarah Palin Hosting "The Today Show" is a "Lame Change"

MOURNING TV DEPT.

When ABC announced that Katie Couric would be filling in as co-anchor on Good Morning America, the producers of The Today Show knew they had to do something big to counter-program. And they did! Unfortunately, they did something big and stupid, bringing in unqualified V.P. candidate, half-term Alaska governor and intellectual feather-weight Sarah Palin to co-host. Is this bad, desperate TV? You betcha!

The Disturbing Similarities Between New Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri and New Today Host Ann Curry

Recently Ayman Al-Zawahiri took over for Osama Bin Laden and not-so-coincidently Ann Curry took over for Meredith Vieira. That got us to thinking…

Both work for large, poorly-run organizations.

Both are seen as bland, second-rate replacements for their popular predecessors.

Both frequently appear on camera droning on and on about nothing.

One works with Al Qaeda, the other with Al Roker.

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