Did Al Roker Call Out Matt Lauer For Throwing Ann Curry 'Under The Bus?’

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Aug. 16 2012, Published 8:45 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Ouch, that was uncomfortable!

The TODAY show had an awkward, "Did he really say that?" moment on Thursday morning when Al Roker appeared to take a jab at Matt Lauer for his role in the ousting of former co-host Ann Curry.

The uncomfortable segment occurred when the co-anchors were interviewing the US women's Olympic rowing team about how they celebrated their gold medial victory.

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"The ladies threw you in the water after winning the gold?" Lauer asked team member and California-native, Mary Whipple. "The tradition here in New York is you thrown her in the Hudson River."

As the longtime host said his goodbyes to the Olympians, Roker cheekily quipped, "Which is different to our tradition here which is to throw one of us under the bus! But that's a different story…"

After a second of stunned silence -- and nervous laughter -- both Lauer and Curry's replacement, Savannah Guthrie, said with a sarcastic tone, "Mr. Roker!"

The sly dig comes just a week after Ann practically stonewalled Lauer and his awkward attempts at small talk in her very first appearance on the TODAY show in London since she was replaced with Savannah earlier this summer.

"There is definitely no love lost between Ann and Matt," a source close to the situation tells "Ann feels Matt threw her under the bus and that he did nothing to stop her being axed from the show.

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"They worked closely together as co-anchors for a year and Ann feels Matt just turned his back on her and washed his hands clean when he could have maybe stepped up and stood up for her when the chips were down."

As we previously reported, Curry finished out her tenure with just more than a year in the lead anchor role, and her booting came after the NBC morning juggernaut lost a 16-year lead over its chief rival, ABC's Good Morning America.

On her last broadcast in that capacity, she told viewers, "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball to the finish line, but man, I did try."

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