Show Biz Soy reports: According to the National Enquirer, Annette Roque fears the stress of TODAY’s slipping ratings will send her husband to an early grave.
“Matt is all wound up because TODAY has been trailing Good Morning America in the ratings for several weeks after steadily trouncing the competition for years,” a source said.
“He’s taken the whole thing deeply to heart. He feels he has to right the ship, but Annette is worried sick he’s going to have a coronary.
“It’s made him insufferable to deal with and sent his blood pressure soaring.
“Annette has been begging Matt to cool down and let everyone do their jobs.”
Ratings for TODAY have fallen off a cliff since the firing of Ann Curry in June, and many fans pin the blame squarely on Matt, who was said to want someone younger and hipper as a co-host.
“Matt voiced his displeasure with Ann, saying they had no chemistry together,” a source said.
“Ann’s pal Al Roker fired back with a snarky on-air comment, seemingly aimed at Lauer, about one of them being ‘thrown under the bus.’”