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#ShutUpMattLauer: NBC's Olympic Opening Ceremony Coverage Panned By Twitter Users, Critics

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Twitter users used the #ShutUpMattLauer tag to express their displeasure about the Olympic opening ceremony.
Twitter users used the #ShutUpMattLauer tag to express their displeasure about the Olympic opening ceremony.

Seems like little went right with NBC's coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday night.

The network was heavily criticized for not airing the extravaganza live on Friday afternoon and instead waiting until primetime. Thousands took to Twitter and other online platforms to express their displeasure.

But NBC's Olympic-sized headache didn't end there. The network's tape-delayed broadcast of the London opener was criticized for being insensitive, heavy-handed and just plain annoying.

The network edited out a segment that has been interpreted by some as a tribute to the victims of the July 7 bombing and replaced instead with an interview with swimmer Michael Phelps.

On a lighter note, Twitter users also jumped on the network's Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera for their commentary during the ceremony. The hashtag #ShutUpMattLauer was used by many on Twitter to jab at NBC's hosts.

"The Olympics does bring people together! America is united in the opinion that Matt Lauer and Meredith Veiera should shut up," tweeted @OddlySaid.

Some of Lauer and Viera's finer moments include linking Madagascar, the African island nation, to the animated movies, reminding viewers that most of the athletes marching in the ceremony would not win a medal, and talking over the many, many musical interludes.

There was also a particularly cringe-worthy moment when Lauer and Viera blew off a tribute to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man widely considered to be the inventor of the world wide web.

"If you haven't heard of him, we haven't either," Viera said.

"Google him," Matt added moments later.

#ShutUpMattLauer indeed.

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