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Ann Curry: Gray Hair Might Have Cost Her “Today” Job

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Ann Curry: Gray Hair Might Have Cost Her “Today” Job
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Ann Curry was a beloved figure on the “Today” show for years, and when she was let go back in June, the news shocked America. NBC News president Steve Capus explained that the time had come when Curry’s heart just wasn’t in it, and that was the reason for her sudden departure; although, according to him, it was anything but sudden.

“I think it was not where her real passion was,” he said. “In her heart of hearts, I think she would admit that. I think her real passion is built around reporting on international stories. It’s tough to convey a sincere interest in something if you don’t possess it. We live in a HD world. Dan Rather used to say the camera never blinks. Well, this is an HD world now, and the camera picks up everything. And you could tell with her, you can tell with any anchor, whether they’re into it or not. And I think we’ve now come up with a role that will play to her strengths…We gave her a year to prove herself, and ultimately we came to the conclusion that she had played at the highest level she could… When you’re in the major leagues of our profession, you’ve got to continue to be at peak performance in order to stay there.”

But according to Ann, who did an interview with Ladies’ Home Journal for their August edition, the real reason may have been simply that she’s getting older.

The 55-year old news anchor said she liked to wear brightly-colored clothes on air, which often rankled the men upstairs for some reason.

“One day I wore a multicolored dress and someone asked if I was trying to be Toucan Sam. But I chose it because I thought, ‘This will perk up America’. I’m encouraged by my bosses to wear these ridiculously high-heeled shoes because women say, ‘I love your shoes!’ So if it makes women happy, I’ll wear them. But I’m still going to be me… I’ve tried to wear clogs and flats on TV and it hasn’t gone well with my bosses.”

She also refuses to dye her hair, because, as she says, aging ties her to her family. It hasn’t gone over well with her employers, Curry says, but it’s not something she’s ready to change.

“I’ve decided not to buy into the idea that I want to stop aging,” she said. “My wrinkles connect me to my family, to my ancestors and to my future. This is how my father looked when he was my age. I’ve got cellulite because it runs in my family. I’ve got gray hair because I won’t dye it. … But I don’t want to change the fundamental parts of me because it means changing who I am.”

When Curry tried wearing more age-appropriate shoes, such as flats and clogs, producers encouraged her to switch them out for heels, mostly because women of a certain age group–who made up a huge part of the show’s audience–would tune in just to see what she was wearing.

As for her appearance, Curry says she’s not sure how much longer it will be tolerated; she’s still employed by NBC.

Image credit: Mediaite

Ann Curry: Gray Hair Might Have Cost Her “Today” Job
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  • janet

    Only time will tell NBC if you were wrong in letting Ann go, or THIS show is old!

  • watertooputtoutfire

    AGE and GENDER DISCRIMINATION!!!!! ANN SUE SUE SUE SUE PLEASE TWIST THEIR BALLS SO HARD THEY SNAP OUT!

  • Kathy

    Ms Guthrie can’t hold a candle to Ann Curry!

    • Sandy

      I used to watch the Today Show regularly but haven’t watched at all since they fired Ann. I don’t plan on watching again as long as they have Savannah Guthrie there. I watch GMA now. I just don’t get why they did what they did. If this gray hair story is true, it’s okay for Matt to have gray hair but it wasn’t okay for Ann?!

  • J. Morrill

    I am so over The Today Show and NBC. Have been boycotting them since they had Sarah Palin on as guest host. The show is a big self-serving joke.

  • bev

    I feel she should not be replaced. What about MATT lAUER. YOU LET ATHE WRONG PERSON GO.
    wHAT ABOUT THE FAT A BALD MEN….lET IT BE TALENT.

  • TomThus

    Well, I have watched little of Today since Ann was treated so shabbily. Lot like when Landry was dumped by the Cowboys. America’s Team went to crap at that point and has not been dominant since. I have watched some NBC lately to catch some of the olympics, but their coverage is more NBC personalities and less sports. Not surprising since that is what they have become — a full time entertainment venue with no real news, no real mission, nothing much more than TV Guide for NBC. Thus they have no interest for me. The sooner Ann gets away from them the better for her. She was the only reason to continue to watch and without the olympics NBC would be seeing a great decline in their viewers. Besides, they are becoming the new Fox and I really don’t like propaganda enough to watch either.

  • Sydney

    Ann Curry was an asset to the Today show. She was better when she was covering international stories and real news. I do hope to see Ann in more prime time roles reporting news for NBC. She is an asset to your organization.
    However, I do not think her replacement, Suzannah Guthrie, was the right choice for the Today show and I think time will tell in the ratings as well. I know I have not enjoyed the Today show since Ann’s departure. I do wish all at the Today show the very best as they continue to move forward.

  • http://yahoo Roy B

    I can show you gray hair!!!

  • Anne

    It’s news to me that she has gray hair. To be 55 and have so little gray that it doesn’t show is impressive. I think Matt simply didn’t care for her and apparently someone finds him important.

    • Charles

      If it was a hair issue with Ann then why doesn’t Matt get a hair transplant or use mens hair color on his gray. Additionally, regarding foot wear I hate to see Matt not wearing socks on TV. Thats ridiculous, it may be okay during his time off at home etc, but reprensenting the United States of America at the Olympics as Tom Brokaw just commented. Thanks Tom for noticing and making a comment about it.

      Charles

  • Melva

    I will NOT watch the Today show anymore. There are other programs that are better and do not fault people for their age or sex.

  • Team

    I dont care what anyone says, she is hot and I miss her, maybe she will get into porn.

  • Team

    Check that, I hope she gets into porn.

  • http://yahoo Blu

    At least she has hair….and I think Matt has gray hair…what he has of it…you got rid of the wrong person..I really think NBC discriminates against women…and Matt is wearing what kind of shoes today..give me a break..haven’t watched morning show since Ann left….

  • Dody VerSluis

    Today was rotten to Barbara Walters, and even more rotten to Jane Pauley when they let her go. They have been rotten to every woman who has been on the Today show. ABC was just as rotten to the cute blonde that does the Claritin ads when they let her go. It is 100% because “they” (the bosses) want to look at young girls, not women. I have no trouble with men who want to date or marry super young girls, but to force us to work with inept people just so they can watch young stuff all day is wrong. They suck.

  • SallyB

    I’m in the demographic of women over 55 who don’t dye our hair and who wear clogs and other comfortable shoes. I’d like to be represented on shows like the Today Show. Ann Curry is absolutely a better anchor and reporter than some of the other people I see on the major networks in those roles.

  • maria krose

    I stopped watching all programming on NBC when they got rid of Ann on the today show. When they cannot be loyal to there people, who have done an exceptional job for them for the past 15 years, then I do not feel I have to be loyal to them. Simple as that!

  • vickie

    I admire Ann Curry and believe that the Today show lost substance to their show when they let her go. In Todays world it is refreshing to have the news reported with integrity. I always thought and still feel she made the Todays show look better because of who she is as a person.

  • http://GOOGLE CAROLYN GIBSON

    ANN: IF THE NBC NETWORK LET YOU GO FOR YOU STRONG FAMILY VALUE, WELL IT’S THEIR LOSS AND YOUR GAIN. GO GRACEFULLY. WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES THE LORD WILL OPEN ANOTHER.

  • Aaron Epstein

    The NBC bosses are the ones that should be fired, not Ann. To say her heart wasn’t in it is a complete falsehood. She was ALWAYS warm, compassionate, full of humor, and a professional interviewer who managed to get the true story out of the interviewee.

    Furthermore, she was treated quite shabbily when the news of her coming firing was revealed a week before she was fired while she was still on the air.

    Watching for years on the TODAY, she became part of our family.

    Dear NBC bosses, my wife and I are now tuning on GMA each morning.

  • Dawn Catlin-Strait

    The fact she was let go, fired really is painful enough. Whenever you set a goal, always giving 100% of yourself to do your very best, and this happens…it hurts. Her reward is not in this world,and it has not gone un-noticed, it may feel like the executives have control of her life, but God is the only one who really controls All things. He wouldn’t have allowed for this to happen unless it all just doesn’t line up with His plans for her.

  • Carol

    By Steve Capus saying “her heart wasn’t into it” just totally pissed me off. I am sure she gave 100% and you just didn’t like the fit, so quit make excuses like it was her fault. I wasn’t a Today Show fan and for that comment now never will be!!!

  • Ed

    No conditional statements needed: she looks GREAT for 55!

  • ron

    Bring Ann Curry back

  • Phillip Valdez

    I think Ann did a wonderful job. Executives at NBC (NoBody Cares), who change with each season are scrambling for ratings and don’t seem to care how much one gives till it hurts. The humiliation on air was uncalled for- Matt Lauer has lost his soul to the network and I really cannot stand him anymore- arrogance is not attractive on TV and esp. in the newsroom. I worked for NBC Universal- Age discrimination is a reality there- I know from personal experience- it’s not what you accomplish or the work you dedicate yourself to- it’s all about the numbers- which I get- it’s a business, but NBC has become very “heartless” on so many levels. Ann should go to another network where she is appreciated for being herself and not to a network scrambling for ratings – it’ all be a long time before NBC is number 1 again for this very reason.

  • Judy

    VEry SAd Ann was very good. Expactly what I was thinking. Why not Matt Lauer for the same reasons? I haven’t liked him for a long time. WE have a local new ancho here who is aging gracefully, but I don’t think the network would even consider retiring her. Curry was given terrible stories to report on, so she looked a little lackluster. Why not put he on the stories she is great at and she will shine again, without all the artifice. I believe that switching her to stories that are beneath her was part of a long planned design to be able to “let her go” legitimately.

  • Dena

    Intelligent female role model is why Ann was dismissed. The corporate losers are pandering to their audience. Audience: People without jobs and nothing better to do. If women are fantasizing over Matt…someone help us all!! All ego and little substance.

    • http://yahoo shocked

      I am no longer watching the Today show weekdays or weekends. I am now watching ABC and will continue. Ann Curry has big heart and that showed in everything did something Matt lacks. Matt is way over rated and way over PAID. What are they going to make him do about losing his hair? Big mistake NBS.

  • Big Brew

    She was the worst interviewer on TV. Good riddance.

  • Rene

    Ann Curry was my favorite and the only one who could be taken seriously on that show. It’s Matt Lauer and that stupid haircut that needs to be let go. He’ll never measure up to Bryant Gumble, who still looks amazing after all these years and is easier on the eyes.

  • Ellen

    Stay gray Ann! Age is nothing to be embarrassed about. I’m 41 and gray and I’m not planning any dye jobs.

  • Michael

    NBC News president Steve Capus sounds like an arrogant asshole. I have always been impressed with the professionalism of Ann Curry. Instead of firing Ann Curry I suggest that Capus and his cohorts hit the road!!!

  • AV

    I disagree totally with Ann’s comments; she was let go because she was awful!! So many times when she was interviewing victims of tradegy, she was soooo fake with the concern she tried to convey. I think Savannah will make a much better host.

    • Bebe

      Agreed!

  • Carol

    Ann Currie is an exceptional woman who has graced my tv for the last year. She was a wonderful asset to the today show and the one they should of replaced was MATT! He is not a very nice person and only cares about himself, grey hair and all. Ann you are missed and loved.

  • gary

    Matt is getting older and so is Al..they are staying on the show..What did the Today show do to Ann? Discrimanation!!!!..Now the COVERUP, because you they lost viewers..We now watch CBS..Want to revamp your show. get rid of Matt

  • DG

    How come the men (such as Matt Lauer) who are losing their hair and aging don’t get canned? How come it’s always the woman. It’s about time these women sued for age and gender discrimination to teach those old boys a lesson or two.

  • Carol Quirl

    I loved Ann Curry on the Today show and feel that it is their loss. My husband and I were faithful viewers of the Today show. Since she left, no more. We have started watching the Good Morning America show. It is ridiculous that they canned her. She is a talented, beautiful lady who by my standards, did a much better job on the show than Matt Lauer. If u ask me, they should get rid of him. He is about the same age as Ann, or maybe older and he is going bald! What message do you think that is sending. I would much rather see her on the show than him. Maybe NBC should rethink what they have done.

  • Steven R

    No, Ann Curry lost her job because of Matt Lauer, and the Today show cost me as a viewer because of their treatment of Ann.

  • http://WebProNews Barbara Steele

    Firing Ann won’t improve your ratings. I am a republican and get quite sick of the way you promote that jackass president. As soon as the olympics are over so are you until mid November. When tv goes this far to persuade people in their vote, I change my opinion of them. You and balding Matt Lauer do not impress me. I could see this back climber Savannah working hard for that top spot. Meridith knew what you folks were, she and Ann have class.Because Ann did not fawn all over Matt like a dog in heat, she was dispensable. Start looking at him for your next replacement. By the way Natalie and All are my favorites.

  • Tracy

    I have watched the Today Show for years, despite the network’s sexist and ageist attitudes about female on-air talent. But when they pushed Ann Curry out, I stopped watching. Enough is enough. Not interested in take-offs of Regis and Kathie Lee in the a.m. Can’t believe Today is still part of the network’s news division. Those in control there need to have their heads examined.

  • http://rubylincoln@yahoo.com sharon

    Are you kidding!?did the “Guys” upstairs take a poll to see if American women wanted to see what Ann was wearing?Be real! Ann was WONDERFUL! I’m 48-and LOVED her for her delivery of the news! NOT for her Shoes! when could you see them anyway! and how about Matt Lower going gray! should Ann have shaved HER HEAD!I think that those “men” upstairs were discriminating towards her because t.v. is soo full of trash-and exploytation of women that Ann was’nt “sexy” enough, I for 1 loved that we had a “LADY” telling the news!

  • David

    Then why isnt Matt fired, not only is he aweful but his heart hasnt been in it since Katie left…where in the world is Matt -

    • http://Yahoo.com Judith Kelly

      That’s only your opinion. The many, many others differ with yours.

  • Bebe

    Watching Ann Curry co-host the Today show was painful. She was horrible at interviewing and generally awkward on camera in any role that wasn’t scripted. Savannah is a much better fit and I’ve started to enjoy watching again.

  • KC

    They fired Ann for her gray hair, but didn’t fire Matt for his balding head?

  • Kay

    They need to get rid of them old a** men on the show what about the viewers. Im sick of seeing MAtt Lauer and his plain self. You were to Sexy for the show ann thats why they got rid of you. You know how old white men are, they want a ” Cute, plain Jane co host” Boring….. (and FyI im white and only 35 years old, and i stopped watching the Today Show because your gone). Look forward to seeing you on another show!

  • rsnelson

    Ann Curry was the best thing the Today show had going. I can’t believe they let her go. When Katie left, I had hoped they would replace the team with Ann and Lester. For me, the show is no longer worth watching.

  • Rene

    Ann would actually be a great replacement for Katie Couric (if she’s still on the air in the evenings)….I don’t know because I stopped watching. Ann is smart, natural and believable- a lot of things news anchors are not in today’s current climate.

  • Tam

    Ann Curry was and is a true journalist with skill, talent, and heart. She took the fall for the “Today” show’s declining ratings. Instead of looking at the old, tired format of the show and coming up with something fresh and new (that is what CBS did!), NBC simply blamed her and released her. This business of saying that they “gave her a year to prove herself” is just rot, said in response to the criticism that NBC is now rightly receiving for dismissing her. The “Today” show’s ratings are up right now because of the Olympics, but it I believe it will all become clear who and what the real problem is. Matt Lauer’s ego, maybe?

  • Pam

    I stopped watching when Ann Curry took one of the lead positions. She is annoying and has that breathy voice that conveys everything is so dramatic. I could barely stand to watch when she was at the news desk. They lost alot of viewers after Meredith left and Ann took over. Ann just does not have much of a personality on air.

  • Dennis Becker

    Ann Curry was and is great and she was treated poorly by the Today Show. She presents as a down to earth carring person. My guess is that her departure will not improve the Today Show ratings. My wife and I both think the quality of the program is worse now that Ann is gone.

  • http://yahoo phil

    nbc management is full of crap. the hell with gray hair. matt has a bald head,which is just as bad. ann held her own against all the so called big guns. i do not consider al roker a big gun, just an average fat weather man with not much to say. ann has compassion, which most do not really show, a beautiful humble smile, and a sparkling personality on tv. the whole thing is a barrel of hogwash

  • Patrick

    Holy cow, she’s 55! I’m a good number of years younger and I agree, she’s smart, charming and certainly beautiful. NBC blew it. Go on, lower the bar for America some more.

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