Published on: January 4, 2013
Photography by: NBC Universal "The Today Show"

MATT LAUER is “derogatory and dismissive” towards underlings at Today—insider.

As the TODAY Show’s ratings continue to slide Lauer is still on a rampage with staffers and no one can escape his wrath, reports.

“The way Matt treats staffers at work is so derogatory and dismissive,” a source close to the show said about the 25-year-veteran host.

“He is so demeaning to many people on the staff. He is cordial to his fellow hosts and the senior executives but to anyone below him they say he treats them like dirt.”

After GMA trounced Today in the May Sweeps, beating them solidly, the show’s failures were landing squarely at Matt’s feet.

“For a while Matt was acting nicer to everyone, but now the staffers are afraid of him,” the source said.

  “They say that it is harder than ever to work with him.”