MATT LAUER’s switcheroo as he goes on the attack, demanding ANN CURRY be freed from her contract at NBC.

Lauer is telling his Peacock net masters  that his former TODAY co-anchor Ann Curry should be let out of her ironclad contract immediately so the respected journalist can take a job at CNN where her old boss Jeff Zucker is now prez.

“Matt thinks that NBC should let Ann out of her contract so that she can take the CNN gig,” a source told

“He can’t imagine why the bosses are dragging their feet and are at a stalemate. It would allow Ann to get back on the air on a regular basis and everyone can move on from the debacle. Matt only wishes Ann the best and thinks it’s for the best if she were to take a job at another network.”

AS the ENQUIRER previously reported, it’s been nearly two weeks since Ann notified NBC exec she wanted out of her contract and that her bosses are still keeping mum about whether they’ll release her so she can go to pioneer cable newser.