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Ann Curry Could Be Out as Host of NBC’s Today Show

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Ann Curry, who took over hosting duties for the Today Show a year ago, could be replaced in a matter of weeks, according to TMZ. The website is also reporting that former host Meredith Vieira was secretly offered the gig two weeks ago, a position she held at the network for six years. Vieira, who was replaced by Curry last year, is apparently not interested in returning.

Several rumors regarding the reasons why NBC is hellbent on replacing Curry have been making the rounds since the story first broke. The New York Times claims that the network is none too pleased about the ratings slump they’ve experienced since Curry took over hosting duties, which has caused their rival “Good Morning America” to experience a sudden surge in popularity. Sources have also said that NBC is unhappy with Curry’s performance, stating that the veteran journalist may be better suited to a role which emphasizes her strengths.

TMZ, on the other hand, has a slightly different version of this story. According to them, Matt Lauer doesn’t enjoy working with Curry, a point he made painfully clear when he re-signed with the Today Show earlier this year. Thus began NBC’s quest to find a suitable replacement, which, according to the Times, might be third hour host Savannah Guthrie.

If all of this is to be believed, then Curry could be gone by the time the network rolls out its extensive coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics. She’s allegedly hired entertainment lawyer Robert B. Barnett, a well-known figure within the industry, to help her through these negotiations.

The Today Show, which began airing over 60 years ago, is credited as creating the morning show format. Since its inception a number of competitors have sprung up, though none of them have been nearly as successful. However, this spring, Good Morning America managed to trump its rival in the ratings for the first time.

Ann Curry Could Be Out as Host of NBC’s Today Show
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  • Darlene

    I really like Ann. When she finally became host I was really glad. She had been a news woman for so long and so dedicated to that show. I know that I probably would not have stayed on the show as long as she was and just seeing other people getting the job that I believe she highly deserved. I really like Ann Curry.

  • http://Yahoo.com Ric Popp

    I remember when NBC had the best programs, the best news, and behind the scenes producers. Now they’re a very distant second to CBS. I wondered what happened.I think with the back stabbing, utterly ridiculous thought of screwing Ann Curry and saying she needs to go is ludicrous It just shows me how NBC went from the best to second-class. Ann is loyal, smart, sincere and above all charasmatic. She’s the best “Today” has had, for many years. NBC, go ahead show us all how to get to third place……

    Ric Popp

  • Donna Hillis

    It won’t matter. Too political for me. When my kids were home I watched it to get the weather and a little news. It’s so politically one siied, I quit. I hate it for Ann! Guess that’s what happens when you get a real person on tv!!!

  • SeaSider

    After many years of watching nothing else in am, I started to click around when Ann replaced Meredith. Ann is too somber, motherly and just so boring. No chemistry with the others. Axing her may not help tho. I agree – too much fluff ‘news’. They have lost track of who their target audience is – clue: we don’t want to see the beebs for a summer concert!

    Another time I WILL ALWAYS click off is when Bush’s daughter is on – not only does she sound like a little kid, but what a total insult to all the hopeful journalists trying to work their way up the ladder! Shameful political favor and bad form NBC.

  • Carl

    NBC Today Show is in a panic over ratings. How long will it be when your rivals finally catch up to you. ABC News has been fighting hard to over take NBC News number one spot. This exit of Ann Curry is just an excuse to put in someone younger like Savannah Guthrie. The Today Show appears to show a history of overlooking and replacing loyal long standing air talent – examples Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel were replaced for younger air talent. I know I’m dating myself. Yes, no one can do the TV news forever and change is inevitable, but it appears NBC News has a management problem with the Today show format and keeping air talent happy. In recent years, there has been an exdous of NBC air talent to CNN and ABC.

  • Louise

    Ann Curry was not problem with “Today”.I have been a fan since a small child,watching dave and monkey.The problem is NBC and politics, most of us go to “Fox” for real news.Sorry!!