Rumor: Ann Curry to Leave “Today” Show
Ann Curry and NBC executives are in talks to end her role at the “Today” show, just two months after the American breakfast television show fell to second place in ratings for the first time in 16 years, reported the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.
According to WSJ, Curry has hired media lawyer Robert Barnett to represent her in the talks and is discussing a move to a foreign-correspondent role, according to the people.
“They really want Ann to be comfortable with this whole process, and they love Ann, but it’s a bad match,” said a person familiar with the matter.
Curry could be replaced as early as this week.
Matt Lauer has co-anchored the show since 1997, with Katie Couric and later Meredith Vieira. Ann Curry succeeded Meredith Vieira last year.
Critics have complained that their pairing lacked the co-anchor chemistry needed for successful morning television. In April, “Today” fell behind ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
Possible replacements for Ms. Curry that have been discussed include Savannah Guthrie, former White House correspondent and MSNBC host who became a co-host for “Today” last year, according to the report.
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