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.

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

    My wife and I have basically tuned out NBC. Their treatment of Ann Curry was only the latest in a series of insults to women and anyone over 30.. We gave up on our local affiliate long ago. The network epiotmizes ageism and sexism.

  • http://www.lnckitchenwaresblog.com lois

    It is totally wrong.

  • Ann Hatcher

    Don’t they know that the “over 50″ people are the majority. We like
    Ann Curry. We don’t care if she dyes her hair or has wrinkles. We look just like her as far as those things go.
    I think that she got a bum deal but then I watch Good Morning America with Robin Roberts. She had cancer and now has a blood disease but ABC is not talking about getting ride of her for a “Young Blond Female”

  • Rene

    Note to the NBC execs….no one is watching The Today Show to see what kind of shoes they’re wearing. This just shows how out of touch you are with your viewers. The only person’s shoes I’ve even wandered about is Kelly Ripa, because she sits on a stool and does fluffy comedy entertainment. Get real, and stop underestimating your viewers.

  • http://www.murderbytype.wordpress.com Beth

    The superannuated Barbie dolls can’t be taken seriously. Younger people do not watch the news. Removing Ann is an insult to the women who do watch it. Brian Williams is the most important voice in network news. What is the age difference between Brian and Ann?

  • jwillaum

    ann is a newsperson and the today show hasn’t been a news program for a long long time it’s basically a shill for its parent company.news is delivered in sound bites but celebs cooking and fashion etc. are given ample time … sabre rattling in iran ? or making a better burger by some fat fk pushing his latest book ? which gets more airtime ? i’m in my sixties and i mourn the lost of serious news coverage even cnn has become a joke …we are supposedly a god-fearing/loving nation yet we prostrate ourselves before those we shunned when this country had morals … a side note could it be possible the show’s ratings declined when matt was crawling around in the dirt



  • http://Yahoo.com Judith Kelly

    Niced try, Mr. Capus. So you’re really going to try and tell us that YOU know what is in Ann Curry’s ‘heart of hearts,” as you put it – and that she is meant to work in another country? Really? Give me a break. We, the public, and her staunch fans, are not going to believe that for 100 years. What – have you lost viewers because WE lost Ann Curry? Guess what? I wouldn’t watch Today again EVER. Plain English – YOU done her wrong, and no excuse in the world will make up for it. You keep men around as anchors until they are ready for the rest home, but because Ann Curry has a little grey hair, you get rid of her.

  • Stanley Keith

    What about Matt that does not have any HAIR, should NBC fire him for this? I have NOT watched the today show since they fired ANN. They can’t blame all of this on Ann. NBC should start at the Top and fire the people there first. Matt is OVER PAID. Not bad for a tree trimer, hey Matt………Miss you Ann, hope everthing is well for you,…. GOD BLESS YOU.

  • http://WebProNews Barbara Steele

    I loved Ann Curry. The fourth hour of the “Today Show” should be banned from tv. I am sick of watching these two women drink, drink, drink. I lost my Dad to the aftereffects of alcoholism. Its not entertainment, just an ad and excuse to drink and gossip about people.
    NBC is in Obamas hip pocket, Ge is their owner. I have a GE money card and have, due to your insensitivity to Ann, started changing where and how I bank. Your decisions to hurt someone this way is just some more of the Obama style.

  • frank cates

    I sometimes wonder if NBC ever thought of replacing management? I know they are hurting in every area. That would tell me that you have a leadership problem. But what do I know about a lying, sniveling, backstabbing pack of weasels like that

  • Andrea

    Yes, I just go turn on the news to look at shoes. NBC execs—-you suck.

  • BB

    According to Steve Capus “Ann’s “heart just wasn’t in it”. Hmmm…then why was she a mess after the announcement, and, on the day of her departure? It’s just more excuses from above and a good CYA for NBC. I have a hard time even watching Today just because of Matt Lauer. He’s pompous, predictable, flat and BORING. A bigger question I have is WHY is Ann SO loyal to that network? She should have jetted and left them shaking in their boots as to what she would do to them. There’s just too many more opportunities out there for someone with a resume like her’s!

    • http://webpronews Jillian

      I agree, Matt is loosing his hair can be boring but let a woman start to show her age and she is CUT look at yourselves Hello we all get older, I think Ann talked to the complete viewing population so good bye

  • olivia

    The sudden space left by Ann Curry was the straw that broke the NBC news for me. I no longer watch it. The girl that replaced her is “corney” and not mature. Acting silly is something I don’t want to see in the early morning. I see that all day.
    I want to see Ann Curry with her calming, intelligernt mind and news reporting style. She was one class act~ Beautiful, calming, intelligent, knowledge worthy, believable and a huge heart! NBC shame on you and your tactics to do away with “older women” us “older” women don’t want to watch some long legged girl acting immature and crazy on the show, that is not funny to us it is pathetic.
    I hope Ann gets the evening news desk….she would roll with that like the legend

    • Karen

      Totally agree with you. We watched “Today” for years – no more. We really like CBS News. They are mature & no one is yelling over each other while interviewing. I wish they would hire Ann. She is the only one we miss.

  • Nancy

    I do not watch the show anymore. There is a double standard between men and women, which you would think would be eliminated in this day and age. Did not watch the show to see what the woman were wearing, watched it for the news. Have always like Ann Curry, GREAT reporter, who cares if her hair gets gray or she wears comfortable shoes???? I don’t color mine anymore, too much hassle.

    • http://yahoo wilma mcelroy

      I think Matt Laur is a womanizer he had a great Team withAnn and Katie. But he has to have all these young beauty around him, so he thinks he is a woman’s man. They need to get rid of him and go back to Katie and Ann.

    • d

      Fire Matt!

      • d

        That’s why I watch Robin Mead in the morning. She’s wonderful!

  • http://webpronews Catherine Shinn- Doughty

    My husband aand I have watched the Today Show for a number of years,laughed ,cried,and just felt almost like you all had become family. But oh my goodness, what you did to Ann Curry was a down right crime!!!! Shame on you all!!!!! If there were age related problems change it not the person. She is beautiful,loving,caring,funny,and always was on top of how she related to people. So sorry for whoever made this decision,you can’t say one man did it. So very sorry about all of this disaster. The back lash will get you and you will say Oh no, what have we done?

  • ajd

    NBC….I don’t watch you any more. You are old, grey, colorless, flat……

  • Sparky2

    Ann is a very nice woman, attractive, smart and polite. But she had no excitement or originality. She seemed just another left wing liberal who was too predictable and out of touch with middle America…certainly fitting the NBC mode..and boring.

    • Jinny u

      She was so boring! You hit the nail on the head.

      • http://Yahoo.com Judith Kelly

        Oh, please, Jinnyju. Your final comment did you in. You HAD to bring politics into an issue that had nothing to do with politics. Obviously your brain is wired differently than everyone elses. Only “simple-minded” people like Anny Curry? Does that mean you’re brilliant and everyone else who likes Ann Curry is “simple” and liberal?? Well that says it all about how you think.

  • Jinny u

    Please. For 10 years she bugged me. Not professional. Voicing opinions when non were needed or wanted.
    She was never a good fit. I jumped for joy and danced a jig when I heard the news. I can’t see how the American norm can relate to her, unless they are simple minded. Matt is good, but TV is about looks. He is getting old and America needs someone fresh and new as well. People don’t like change, but change is life….

  • Frank

    NBC execs have always been full of sexist bull crap, starting as long ago as Jane Pauley and Deborah Norville. The ladies always seem to take a lot of corporate abuse from whomever occupies the top.

  • Laurie Wilson

    Ann seems like a nice person, and not a bad human being. BUT her interview skills and social gaffes were often cringe worthy. She regularly got over friendly with male and sometimes female guests. I always ended up wondering how she thought this was acceptable on TV? She interviewed an exercise trainer and was feeling up the woman’s leg muscles on the mat and making really inappropriate comments. Oh dear. I think she needed some social skills training and was surprised she was there as long as she was.

  • Maggi

    Bye, Bye Today Show. You are now in my past. Ann Curry gave substance,credibility and class to the Today show. Now there is no balance of ages and styles. The remaining ladies, no matter how talented, look like a fluffy, giggley group of bimbos trying to be serious. What a shame. Al and Matt now become the “elders” who get to oogle the the lovely ladies. Today has lost all appeal to me. I really miss not seeing Al. Goodbye!

  • denise

    I liked watching the Today show because of Ann Curry. I was mad when they put Meredith Viera in first, then I thought they had finally come to their senses when she left and Ann took over. Now that Ann isn’t there, I won’t be watching the morning news on NBC at all!!! I hate that they put Savannah whats her name in Anns place. The only reason I know this is because of the Olympics. Ohterwise, I wouldn’t put NBC on again.

  • Stanley Keith

    I just wanted to add something, I have watched the today show since Dave Garroway first started with the chimp. This was the only show that I watched, now that you left Ann go, I don’t watch anymore. All the so-called family that Ann had on this show were back stabbers….What’s a little gray hair among friends. I’m 61 and LOVE ANN, Miss her and hope she goes to ABC or CBS, maybe there she will give nbc a run for there money……..GOOD LUCK ANN !

  • Carmen Miranda

    I have watched TODAY exclusively since I was a very young child when it began around 1954. I’ve seen them and go for 60 some yrs. – including a couple of chimps.
    I loved Ann, such class and grace and found her a terrific compliment to the morning crew. It is absolutly NOT the same w/o her. Now the 4th hour is is another story. Nothing against the others, but it’s just not as good and not the same any more.

    On another note, I love Hoda but keep hoping KLG GOS AWAY sooner than later!!!. She can’t keep her mouth shut for 2 seconds and keeps interupting Hoda as well as guest hosts just like she did w/Regis. I quit that show because of her. The only time I watch now is when Hoda has a guest co-host.


  • flb

    What utter garbage. Where do these stupid tune-in-for-the-shoes women live? In all my 50 years I must be very lucky not to have met any of these vapid types in person.

  • http://Yahoo.com Judith Kelly

    The critics of Ann – maybe 3-4 – have the most lame reasons for not liking her: “breathy, fake, awkward?” Wow, did you mis-read her. Sorry, there’s hundreds who disagree with you.



  • Richard

    SHAME on nbc for what they did to ANNE CURRY.The cast that is there now is NOT watchable!!!! I no longer watch the today show (USING SMALL LETTERS ON PURPOSE) at all and most of the other programming too. lauer is worse than pitiful.Iam in revulsion if I ACCIDENTALLY see him.There are MANY other stations to watch.Hello Charlie Rose and Robin Roberts.Thanks ABC & CBS!!!!

  • Jan

    I stopped watching as well when Ann was let go and I watched the show for years. I think Matt also had something to do with it so I lost all respect for him as well.

  • cindi winstead

    I liked Ann Curry. I think she was a very real person and more than a piece of eye candy. Now I can’t even get the girls straight. They look alike. I am sure they are fine people, but Ann was exceptional and a wonderful reporter. American news has gone to fluff articles and a focus on celebrities. There is so much more we could be learning about. Ann was a veteran and had wisdom. Let’s get back some real reporters and not just talk show hosts when we are giving America the news.

  • Annamarie

    Ann Curry has class! She is intelligent and wonderful to listen to! She absolutely dressed professionally and always up to date. I don’t even want to entertain comments on hair color. I haven’t watched the Today Show since she left. Her farewell was heart wrenching, and I find it very difficult to believe that she lost interest in her position at NBC. Her replacement, Savannah, is not at all ready for this job. I now watch ABC each morning and will never go back to the Today Show!

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  • john bicknell

    Why is it that the women have to look young and pretty and the men can be bald, old and ugly like matt?He sure doesn’t look like he used to. Why isn’t it time for him to go?
    It’s probably because the men running the show are all ugly fat and bald and vision themselves desirable.
    Too bad it doesn’t have anything to do with talent. That’s why I watch ABC.

  • Rachel

    Since Ann Curry was un-fairly dumped I have stopped watching Today from 7:00-10AM! I can’t stand the pompous, pretentious and over-the-top Guthrie. I did not watch TV during the hour she was on when she started because she is terrible, she needs to go back to AZ or go back to teaching Law School, she is no Journalist that anyone should watch! For the 1st time I have not watched the Olympic on TV at all because all the results are on the Web so there is no motivation to watch when I know who wins.

    • Ruth

      Have to agree with this comment. I can’t believe Ann was replaced with Savannah. Ann was so professional, dignified and connected with the audience. Savannah is arrogant and never seems really interested in the people she is interviewing or the products they are showing. Ann had heart, now the show is all self serving. Matt is so full of himself and his image. I have stopped watching Today after being a faithful follower. So thankful we have CBS and ABC.

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  • Allie Braswell

    I have stopped watching Today all together since Anne’s firing. In addition
    I make every effort to boycott NBC altogether.

  • http://MSNBC Thomas Cabaniss

    Age and gray hair does not change a person. Look at Matt, he’s gray and going bald. If they fire someone on looks, it should be Matt.

    Thomas Cabaniss

  • MiMi Mino

    I can’t help but wonder why sexism is still alive and thriving at NBC.
    What a mistake you made getting rid of Ann Curry. Memories of Katie
    Couric and Brian Gumble? I no longer turn to NBC first thing in the
    am. I’m liking CBS news just fine. Maybe someday, NBC will learn
    that it’s time to come out of the ivory towers and see the real world.
    Maybe, Matt Lauer will see the light, but doubtful. Many of us regret
    your huge mistake.

  • Richard

    I would like to see nbc (AGAIN SMALL LETTERS) run a poll on the cast of the today show and lauer in particular. But wait ; I wouldn’t see it becuuse I no longer watch nbc. Kudos to ANN CURRY.

    • Jinny u

      Yea you still watch NBC…idiot

  • Rochelle

    I can’t believe this sexiest thought process NBC has. I am 51 years old, beautifull, intelligent, and have preferred your morning show for 30yrs; not after the treatment of Ann Curry. So you think I watch you to look at the shoes an Anchor is wearing,hmm. But there is no way I am watching you anymore. Its okay for your male anchors to stay til the age of 80 years old, and begin balding, and greying but not the women, your crazy! Good luck with your new target group. Remember this, my age group has money and I choose not to even buy your advertised products and services that support your show.

    • Jinny u

      Please…post your pic. You are a lonely old fat housewife..after the Today show you turn on your stories.
      America has a short memory ( kind of like your alzheimer’s) get over yourself…we don’t care about your opinion, like we never cared for Ann

    • http://yahoo.com ann

      I watch the show for the news. If you want someone to change it needs to be the man Al and Matt’s clothes are aweful. the colors are aweful. Sometime they look even worst than aweful. Ann is a very pretty woman. Gray hair is a blessing for anyone. She should not have to dye her hair for a job.

    • Ace C.

      Thank you Rochelle,we’er on the same page, along with thousand of others. I don’t watch anymore.

  • Jinny u

    Yahoo….now let’s get Al fat again, bring in Ryan and get a hot new girl and we are set. I don’t want to watch a 55 year old gray hair…flake. Her heart may be in a good lace, but it’s not right for this show. New life! New love, new fans! Nice job!

    • judy

      Bah on you Jinny, how callous are you?:( Diane you said it all and it sounds so right. The youth of today are only interested in their cell phones and should watch the news but they do not care. I bet most (not all)do not even know who Mitt Romney is or President Obama. Gosh surely they know…….maybe??? Ha, Ha, maybe not and if not well, that is a gosh darn shame….

    • Ace C.

      Well jinny u ,you are a little shallow, Ann can be let go but old,graying Matt Lauer and old bald Al Roker can hang around until they drop dead or until they decide to leave. When will the double standard ever stop.

    • http://webpronews louisa

      Learn to spell before you comment.

    • http://Yahoo Connie Pouncil

      Jimmy u You ought to be ashamed of yourself for talking the way you are talking. Did your mother raise you to be disrespectful. Or anyone else for that matter. One of these days you are going to start to go grey and you are going to wonder where did the time go. I am 56 years old and I cherish every grey hair I own. And to be honest I earned every last one of them. Oh by the way I have a daughter that will 30 years old this year and she had grey hair at the age of 14. I have medicial records to prove it. I am also a retired RN ( RN means Registered Nurse that is what RN means for stupid idiots like you that has brain like a newborn baby. )I have delivered Babies that was born with Grey hair. So I think you are this woman an apology. That is if you are man enough to do it and by the way you owe every person in amercia an apology that has already has grey hair or is turning grey. But if you don’t then you are a coward for not doing it.

    • http://Yahoo Connie Pouncil

      Jimmy u You ought to be ashamed of yourself for talking the way you are talking. Did your mother raise you to be disrespectful. Or anyone else for that matter. One of these days you are going to start to go grey and you are going to wonder where did the time go. I am 56 years old and I cherish every grey hair I own. And to be honest I earned every last one of them. Oh by the way I have a daughter that will 30 years old this year and she had grey hair at the age of 14. I have medicial records to prove it. I am also a retired RN ( RN means Registered Nurse that is what RN means for stupid idiots like you that has brain like a newborn baby. )I have delivered Babies that was born with Grey hair. So I think you are this woman an apology. That is if you are man enough to do it and by the way you owe every person in amercia an apology that has already has grey hair or is turning grey. But if you don’t then you are a coward for not doing it.

  • Diane

    Wake up NBC, if you are trying to pertain to the younger crowd, lets be clear they do not watch the Today Show, nor do they read the newspaper. Everything for the under 40 crowd is on their I-Phone, Smart phone or some other kind of device. The older crowd over 50 are the group with all the money, so the shows should be tailored to us! With that said, if Ann doesn’t want to color her hair who cares, but since you are so worried about gray hair take a look at Matt’s !!!!. Matt used to good when he was with Katie Couric, today he is a pompous — and I NEVER watch the Today show anymore, I have switched to GMA. I do have to say I miss Al Roker, but not enough to ever come back to NBC.

  • Jackie Edwards

    No… I did not watch the Today show to see what Ann was wearing, people who did are very shallow. Who cares what shoes they wear. The reason people watch the show is to find out the news. It is after all about what is going on in the world. I thought Ann Curry was a great host for the Today Show. I would have not have chaged anything. Good luck to Ann Curry, in whatever direction you go in.
    PS The Today show would still go on without Matt Lauer.

  • http://WPN Chris Hunter

    We stopped watching the moment she was let go. She was always dressed appropriately. Not like some of them with their thighs showing and low cut tops. Cannot take them seriously. Now we watch Robin Mead.

  • judy

    They are crazy at NBC. Ann was like a breath of fresh air. She is so professional, yet warm at the same time. She is a beautiful woman.
    She has beautiful hair. There is nothing fake about Ann. She dressed beautifully and she had so many fans. I am saddened that she was replaced by Samantha even though I know it is not Samantha’s fault. Matt can only stand a certain kind of woman. Meredith Vierra was certainly liked and herself and did not dress outrageously and she also looked her age which I liked and Matt seemed to like her ok and he still does as she is still getting to go back all the time but it was her choice to quit and I think it was just perfect timing. I think the real problem lies with Matt. Ann had it all, she was bright, professional, warm and compassionate and people loved that and if the ratings were low it was not due to Ann. I am glad that she is her lovely self because in this day and age that is very rare as people are so superficial with their face lifts, bust enlargements, hair extensions and all that is fine but Ann did not need any of that. She looked years younger and her face is beautiful, her complexion flawless. She always dressed appropriately. I think Matt was jealous of her as she was so popular. Matt is aging and I wonder if he is going to get hair transplants just to keep his job. He is arrogant and is obviously and seems like he is very attracted to Samantha. I bet he wanted to have her get that job all along. Men act like such fools when they get a certain age. Youth is everything to them. I think Samantha is a very bright young lady and if Matt steps over the line, she will let him know. I like Samantha and know she can do this job but she is lacking the warmth and beauty that Ann possessed. My entire family, kids and grandkids loved Ann and we will all miss her and I was hoping to see more of her at the Olympics. This is just a wierd thing and after the Olympics I will not be watching Matt anymore. He is just getting too arrogant and unstandable. I never liked him anyway and watched only because of Ann.

    • Tanya Morgan

      Firstly, NBC is full of it!!! Savannah Guthrie was hired ONLY for the 9a.m. slot and to FILL IN for either Matt or Ann. Then I noticed she was staying a lot longer filling in and Ann was looking none too happy and taking a lot of time off as was Matt (who I used to enjoy).

      Bottom line, Ann was not the cause of the ratings falling, you guys were just PLAIN BORING and so I as well as other Americans switched over to GMA because they have great chemistry. I have been watching the TODAY show since I was 15, and now I am 48; so, I think I know what I am writing about and my comments are more than justified.

    • http://Above. Virginia

      My niece just mentioned that Matt is too full of himself. I agree.
      I always admired Ann for her compassion, beauty and intelligence. We will miss her.

  • SteveAlso55

    An is a woman who made it to the top of her game, on at the time the top rated show. She was beaming everyday. She was happy to accomplish the ultimate position in broadcasting. Her heart was in it. She wasn’t well liked by the arrogant Matt Lauer. He’s not the contract that he was given. The Today Show has lost hundreds of thousands, including myself viewers because of his arrogance. He should have been given the boot. To bosses upstairs everywhere, let woman age gracefully and peacefully.

  • boyer simcox

    nbc is talking about her hair and her bright clothes. you want bright at 7am. this past week al roker had on pink pants. al roker must go.

  • http://yahoo Anne Theriault

    I too feel that Matt should have been let go a long time ago. He is such a ego tripper, a real pain to watch ! They should have definately never let Anne go ! I watched the show just because of her. She is such a caring and warm person, you can feel her pain & happiness when she interviews people. I MISS her and never watch the show anymore. We don’t need more high heeled young women running around the show.
    People don’t watch it for that !

  • Connie

    Ann Curry was and still is a classy lady. I think it was a mistake to let her go. I use to watch the Today show, but not anymore. They are losing in the ratings and it is really no surprise The show is more like the national inquirer and has no news substance. They can change the female seat all they want, it will never be the same.

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