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Ann Curry to Leave Today Show?

5 years ago by Reg Seeton

It appears that Ann Curry may be leaving the Today show after reports indicate that NBC News will replace Curry as co-host only a year after being hired.

Although Ann Curry replaced the departed Meredith Vieira on Today one year ago, it now appears that Curry’s longtime involvement with Today could be over. Ann Curry joined the Today show in 1997 and was hired last June as co-host. However, given the fact Matt Lauer was recently locked with a multi-year contract, speculation has it Curry became a variable to possibly be replaced.

The New York Times reported that an an anonymous source said that NBC began talks with Ann Curry weeks ago about her departure from Today.

The big question on the NBC table is whether Ann Curry will remain with Today or be transferred to another division of the network. After attempts to clarify the matter, NBC refused to comment on the Today issue with Curry. The NY Times report also revealed that Ann Curry hired a Washington lawyer to represent her in the negotiations but neither her attorney or Curry would comment on the matter.

Amid the speculation, Ann Curry did report to work at Today on Thursday morning for her on-air duties.

What do you think?

Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!
  • Lynnpatti12

    No, don’t remove her.  I love to see Ann Curry in the morning.  I WILL stop watching if Ann Curry gets fired.  I’m glad she has hired a lawyer.  Don’t allow big money and big business to stomp all over a hardworking woman like Ann.

  • Rmeegan

    Ms. Curry is being made scapegoat for GMA gaining on Today in the ratings race. At $25 million per year Matt Lauer should be able to carry the ratings himself regardless of his co-anchor. Obviously, he is overpaid.

  • Rmeegan

    Ms. Curry is being made scapegoat for GMA gaining on Today in the ratings race. At $25 million per year Matt Lauer should be able to carry the ratings himself regardless of his co-anchor. Obviously, he is overpaid.

  • Mkz516

    Ann Curry is as phony an anchor / converser / news reader as there ever was. He concern for the down trodden appears to me to be condescending at best.
    Glad to see her go. I hope she is not replaced by that pinko Savannah Gutherie.

  • Mkz516

    Ann Curry is as phony an anchor / converser / news reader as there ever was. He concern for the down trodden appears to me to be condescending at best.
    Glad to see her go. I hope she is not replaced by that pinko Savannah Gutherie.

  • Walkingowl10

    if ann curry is let go it will be the end of the today show , as i and 1000.00’s & 1000.00’s of viewers tune in just because she’s sitting in that seat . she speak’s soft,clear,& has brains witch is a plus in  ” todays” world.NBC will be foolish to make such a move i know matt & ann have a natural working order it will be sad to see this change . i wiil not watch the today show if NBC let’s ann go.

    • n

      Witch? Really?

  • Walkingowl10

    if ann curry is let go it will be the end of the today show , as i and 1000.00’s & 1000.00’s of viewers tune in just because she’s sitting in that seat . she speak’s soft,clear,& has brains witch is a plus in  ” todays” world.NBC will be foolish to make such a move i know matt & ann have a natural working order it will be sad to see this change . i wiil not watch the today show if NBC let’s ann go.

  • William B

    “Today” has become too much of a yuckfest for me (i.e. the lame jokes followed by “yuck, yuck, yuck”).  Had to switch to CBS where Charlie Rose provides some gravitas.

  • Editor1111

    When one willingly bends over and holds the position, one must expect to be poked in the behind. NBC has finally poked the stereotypical “love you long time even when you don’t deserve it” right out of her. The first time an employer overlooks you when you’re qualified should be the last time. Because either that employer is taking advantage of your loyalty or you’re just not the one they deem right for the job. And in either case, she should’ve moved on eons ago. Ann Curry. Forced to grow. Now get over it and move on!

  • clarap

    I’ll start watching the show again if Ann Curry leaves.  Personally, I feel that she’s always come across as disingenuous, and I usually vote for the underdog. 

  • Mary

    I’ve been a loyal Today viewer for 12 years.  I haven’t been watching as much lately, and it has nothing to do with Ann Curry.  I switch to GMA when they treat a story like Madonna’s daughter smoking as breaking news in the 7:00 hour.  I also switch when Today’s Professionals are on.  When Ann Curry is on, I’m watching.  I think they are fixing the wrong things.  

  • scallywag

    Time will tell how this scenario will play out but one senses that Ms Curry isn’t just a pretty face to play along to demands (she’s already got her lawyer on board and she had no problem showing up for work when everyone thought she would save face and not) which is probably what got her in trouble in the first place…for now there might be some roadblocks that NBC wasn’t counting on.

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/06/ann-curry-doesnt-care-that-shes-fired-im-here-to-stay/

  • Trish Fa

    I would hate to see Ann Curry leave. She is such a warm and real lady. She and Al are the human part of the show. I have been watching for many, many years but I may have to find a new morning show. Is anybody in this country worth $25 M a year. I think not. Our values are all screwed up.

  • Ann Curry Fired from Today Show, She talks to Leave Today Show official statement here (June 21)

    http://x.co/lLXS

  • babygirl

    Why is ann curry being replace? If ann curry be replace alot of people might stop watching the today show . I only 13 about to turn 14. I was watching the today ahow every since i could understand what they was saying. Until this day i still watch the today show every morning but now i dont know if i will. Everything will change once ann curry is gone.

  • Callie Davis

    I am upset that Ann is leaving, I have been a fan of Ann’s 15 years. I think she is a good show host. I am a fan from North Carolina.

  • Marcenemartinez

    The ratings a few months ago showed the Today show beating Good Morning America.  It is not Ann’s fault that the ratings have slipped.  Ann is awesome and it is Big Mistake to let her go. 

  • Anna

    Dont get rid of her! I will stop watching and go to GMA

  • Suzmar

    If the commradarie is not there, then as much as you try, it will always be strained and will be noticed by the audience. I always liked you as a sidekick and not as the 2nd lead.  You are too kind for that position, so good luck in the endeavour that you will choose.

  • Lilskosh

    That’s sad.  I really liked Ann Curry.  So much for giving your all to an employer.  No job is safe these days.

  • MHendry

    I think Ann Curry is a wonderful co-host, and would be terribly missed. It would be a grave mistake to put Savanna Guthrie in ther place! I for one will no longer watch the show! Ann is so genuine, while Savanna appears to be such an ego maniac!

  • MAH

    DO NOT GET RID OF ANN CURRY! She is an genuine, beautiful reporter. Unlike Savanna Guthrie, who appears to be an ege maniac! I will no longer watch your show if Savanna is the co-host!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MAH

    DO NOT REPLACE ANN CURRY….ESPECIALLY WITH THAT EGO MANIAC SAVANNA GUTHRIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I for one will be DONE with the show!

  • Mgnew

    I always felt that Ann Curry should’ve been co-host when they hired Meredith Vieira. It was only right that she was hired when Meredith left – hardly ever saw Meredith anyway. The Today Show will go down now that they’ve fired Ann. They’ve made a HUGE mistake AGAIN!

  • Jenn Donn

    First, Matt’s negative pretentious sexist demeanor towards Meredith Veira made her wise up and decide she has enough money not to have to put up with his daily subtle jabs with a coy grin. Now after years of Anne Curry WORKING her butt off to get to that position Matt’s obvious insecurities of her journalism prowess has driven yet another PROFESSIONAL from the show. Matt’s ego has been killing the show since he has moved himself up to no. 1 and has taken Al Roker under his wing to be just as obnoxious and sexist. Katie Couric MADE the today show No.1 when she took the high road after Bryant Gumble’s ego was too big to fit into the studio anymore and his pretentious arrogant era FINALLY ended. Katie welcomed no-name Matt Lauer as an EQUAL and disposed of the pretentious nature of the show, which is when it went to No.1. Once Katie left, Matt began his tryanical rule of arrogance and has obviously brought happless Al Roker in as his henchman.  THIS IS WHAT I DON’T GET, the Producers of NBC get a clue, woman are your main demographic why on earth do you think we are too stupid, niave or clueless not to notice your product is being disposed of for one person’s ego. You thought the world would end after Bryant Gumble left and you soared because of a WOMAN! Let Matt out to pasture to play golf with Bryant and slap some sense into Al. Do not put a giggly Barbie next to Ken and think we won’t notice that you replaced a real journalist with an arm-piece for an expansive ego.

  • larry sears

    BAD MISMAKE , OH WELL, I GET TO SLEEP LONGER.WHY MESS WITH WHAT WAS WORKING?????????????