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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  • Jennifer

    The Today Show is losing viewership because they are a propaganda machine for Obama and either flat out lie or they won’t report anything negative about him and the American people realize this. Loss of viewers is not because of Ann Curry and what kind of shoes she is wearing that day. Keep lying to yourselves Today Show!

  • Linda Doerr

    I too think that Ann was a much better anchor than Savanah. When I see the high heal shoes i cringe! Wait a few more years and they have foot problems. Maybe the male managers should spend a day in high heels, see how they feel!!

  • http://Yahoo Genee Kay

    Shame on NBC and their discrimination of a beautiful, intelligent 55 year old. Samantha Guthrie? Please! She’ll never be as classy as Ann Curry. Have you noticed a drop in ratings yet? Shame, shame, shame on the execs for not realizing there are older women who DON’T care to see all of the younger, inexperienced ladies. Get with the REAL world, folks! Beautiful, smart, experienced news anchors age….duhhh! That’s what happens in life.

  • Linda Alexander

    This is bull. Ann is not “old” she is a class act. Look at Robin Roberts on ABC, another class act. They haven`t dumbed her because they know class and intellect. To bad Ann was on the wrong channel.

  • Ken

    I had watched the Today Show for years. I enjoyed watching Ann Curry when she was doing the news, and i thought it was great when she became co-anchor. I am greatly dismayed by the NBC decision to replace her. I am now watching GMA on ABC, goodby Today Show.

  • molly

    Well, if that is the case, then why the heck hasn’t nbc gotten rid of “botox-ed, fake hair, phoney, on-air drinking” Kathie Lee Gifford who is pompous and annoys everyone? She talks about other people and she acts like a crazy knat you just can’t swap away. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.At least Anne was real and intelligent, unlike all the other fluffy airheads they had on, and not afraid to show it. How Kathie Lee has lasted all these years (denying her jewish faith) is beyond comprehension. NBC next step is to get rid of Al Roker and Matt Lauer – funny how they keep those “old” fogeys…but they let the women go. Do you think it’s pleasant listening to arrogant Matt everyday with all his affairs that people are whispering about? Or monitoring Al Roker’s weight – you need different energetic blood in there and not two old washer women like Matt and Al. Change is coming – hopefully!

  • phyllis

    I watched NBC for years. Ann was always such a lady and loved seeing what she would wear next. Miss Meredeth too. Now I dont watch the program at all. We need more respect for one another and I feel that is what Anne brought to the program. And yes America has short term memory and that is what most of the problem with this country is. Plus down right rudeness.

  • J Cole

    I believe what they did to Ann Curry is just not right. In this modern world, a person should be able to wear what they want and leave herself natural if that is what pleases them. I believe it
    had a lot to do with her age which can be shown by who replaced her.
    Ann Curry should charge NBC with Age Descrimination, because that is
    what it was. Disgusting.

  • Kelly

    Immediately switched to Good Morning America. Can’t believe they did that to Ann.

  • walter baker

    I also thought Ann never had the passion for the job. Her interviews we always boring to me.

  • phyllis

    Sounds like Debra Norvel and Jane Pauley all over again. Won’t the big wigs in their ivory towers ever get it right? No wonder I quit watching TODAY and went with GMA.Sounds like a lot of viewers did the same. GET A CLUE PEOPLE.

  • Judy Jackson

    It seems this is the way of the world anymore. Many bosses (men and women) have the attitude that if you are a woman over 40 you are too old to do the job. Gray hair is okay for men. It supposedly makes them look distinguished, but if a woman has any gray hair she is too old. I also agree with Diane that the younger crowd just uses their cell phone, i phone or pads to get snippets of stuff. They don’t stay tuned long enough to find much out about the people who are broadcasting.

  • Joan

    I think Ann Curry was a very compassionate person. Her feelings really showed when interviewing persons having a rough time in life. Getting rid of her was a HUGE mistake. I do not watch the show anymore.

    Also, I think looking at her for the way she dressed was simply ridiculous. Not wearing the high heels and certain clothes does not make one a bad reporter. She was down to earth person with real feelings for the public. The hosts on now do not show that type of feeling,for them it is just a job.

    What about Matt Lauer dressing? No socks. Brown shoes all the time??

    Love Al Roker.

    I hope NBC realizes what is important in broadcasting. It is nto the clothes…..

    Thank you

  • http://yahoo sheryl


    • Kamala

      Sherykm I think it is a shame that they fired Ann Curry when Matt Lauer is almost bald and I agree with you that he is boring.

  • mark

    Anne Curry is a strong and beautiful lady. I stopped watching the show after she was let go and even after she was reinstated, I refused to watch the show because of what she was put through. Sometimes people don’t care about the physical looks of someone, just that they sense a downright good person.
    NBC’s competence seems to be spiralling out of control lately, especially with the many goofs during the olympics.

  • PB

    Men can really be jerks. I watched Lauer interviewing the two volleyball ladies who won the gold. He acted so stupid. He was like a giggly kid. He does horrible interviews. He should have been the one to leave. That Samantha Gutherie is a joke. Her voice is very irritating. Lauer had his legs crossed through the whole interview. Most of us watching thought it was because he was sexually aroused during the interview.

  • Sue

    I have stopped watching the TODAY show since they gave Ann the boot. For Capus to say that her heart wasn’t in it, that essentially leaving was her choice – I don’t buy it. Her farewell was proof of that. He can’t change the obvious in HD – as he so aptly quoted, the camera never blinks. We KNOW she was crushed. And she would not have been if she truly were happy to go, as he implies. And then to have her replacement fill her seat right after commercial? Have they no human heart? Do they really think we were cool with that just because they told us we should be cool with it? At least Anne had a human heart. No – the TODAY show is out for me as it is for many, many others. Even with Anne coming back for a segment. I still can’t and won’t watch it. It is like watching a valiant gladiator at the Coliseum gasping for one last merciful breath of air. The truth is, Capus has been put to the test by the viewers, and has been found wanting. And for me, not watching the TODAY show has opened up a whole new way of living – actually living in real time, doing things, creating things – why would I ever go back? Thanks for the liberation, Capus. It is deeply appreciated.

  • elizabeth thompson

    What a put down for the American woman to say that we watch the Today Show to see what the hostess wears!! How about “not watching it at all due to the removal of Ann Curry and the put down of our intelligence?” It is beneath us and the last hour of the show is a joke, bad joke.

  • becky

    i loved watching the today show every day idont watch it any more still cant believe they replaced ann cury if this is what NBC IS GOING TO TEACH MY CHILDREN AND GRANDKIDS TO JUST REPLACE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN BECAUSE A MAN MATT SAYS SO I HOPE THEY HAVE LEARNED FROM THIS IM REALY GOING TO MISS AL AND HODA NBC MADE MY MOTHER INLAW CRY

  • barbara wade

    Rochelle & Diane comment’s nail it.. I am 77 years young. Had been a daily viewer of the Today’s Show. Not any more. We must stop the madness of age, beauty and simply respect the talent, sprit and joy that any person brings to our viewing daily. We are not ready yet to be honest. Ann, you are beautiful as you are.. Let you hair, face and selection of clothing tell your story.. YOU ARE OUR HERO.. Stay in the faith. Al and Matt need a make over if possible.. but that will not happen in my time zone.

  • Kaleo

    I think NBC wants wants plastic looking people with no real genuine qualities or sincere concerns, Ann gave that sense of sincerity and concern which can now see is absent on NBC’s Today Show. Matt is a suck up and could give a damn about anyone but himself and Al Roker is the next best thing they have going for them. Savannah’s a great smile but she’s no Ann, and lacks any real sense of sincerity, but like I said, NBC doesn’t seem to care much about that. I think NBC News president Steve Capus, is tired and should step aside for some more descent.

  • Pat

    I am 75 years old and have earned every wrinkle and grey hair. I get a laugh out of the women on the news shows wobbling on 5 to 6 inch heels. I doubt very much if anyone gives a hoot about their shoes. It’s a news show for gosh sake. I was getting tired of th stupid stories NBC was showing, I.e. Women who gave birth in a taxi, dogs calling 911, I could go on and on but I think I will just change the channel and watch George and Robin.

  • Robyn

    Ann Curry usually wore longer skirts and dresses, which incidentally are in style now. Those alta cockers (old guys) at Today wanted her to show much more thigh and maybe even more than that. I can’t help it but it has always looked to me that minis and those stupidly high heels are what hookers are supposed to wear, not professional women who are proud of themselves. Guthrie is very boring to listen to and she may be heading for trouble as her skirts approach the knee or (horrors!) even cover it. She’s got an annoying screechy voice and seems to be ignorant of the world. She and Natalie Morales look like twins and maybe this cookie-cutter fake blonde is the type those sexist producers want. There are always more like that waiting in the wings. BTW, can we see Matt Lauer’s legs someday, preferably in very high heels? And I know where he can get a long blonde wig.

  • Mary

    First NBC canceled “Harry’s Law” because it didn’t appeal to the under 40 set. That was the only scripted show on NBC that was worth watching.(I don’t want to think about reality tv). Then you treat Ann Curry the way you did, just because she would die her hair and would wear dull cloting. Get real. Look at ABC’s morning show. They are not spring chickens and people have made them #1. I have been a NBC news fan since Huntley and Brinkley–So that means I am pretty old. I conclude thatI don’t matter any more. Guess I will start watching Scott Pelley on CBS.

  • Norma

    I think the bosses or men should try walking around on those very high heels. As for me I can’t wear very high heels due to my doctors, and they told me I couldn’t since I have broken my ankles and they are uncomfortable. Wearing a smaller pump is fine . As for covering the gray in hair should be up to the person as you age not anyone else,and I think it makes you look distinguished. Bosses don’t know everything about fashon and aging. They will be in the same boat as they age.The bosses should think about what a person brings to the show and their accomplishments in life, not so much on how high their heels or color of their hair.

  • christine

    I think NBC is full of shit…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;

    I think Ann’s heart was in it….

  • rosemary

    Ann Curry is class and nbc made a big mistake … she was genuine and very knowledgeable … and by the way, i liked her attire. Another thing, she was voted the most beautiful a few years back….did they forget that. Savannah is ok, but will never be as good as Ann. Why Ann is still working for them is beyond me.

  • Noemi Alvarado

    Bravo for Ann to have the courage to stand for what she believes. How is that a man can aged gracefully and keep his position,a woman has to change who she is or be put to the pasture. We have set of standards that the media controllers have set on our entire society for the only purpose of making news. Shame, shame, shame on America! We all lose on this.

  • jwillaum

    funny i posted defending ms. curry wrote the today show not a news show but a marketing tool for its parent company and pondered if matt’s behaviour had anything to do with the decline in ratings went about my business returned only to find out my posting had been deleted [as this one probably will be]who’s connected to this site i wonder

  • Helen Milunec

    Unfortunate for NBC, since the babyboomers identified with’Ann Curry and her ability to be real- not fake!
    Kudos to her and I hope she realizes that aging isn’t the problem, that her spirit and passion was never in question, that her professionalism was compromised by an arrognant male chauvinistic pig ! Keep smiling and live life and be strong for all of us baby boomers who are cheering you on! Don’t let the turkeys keep you down!!

  • http://AnnCurry'sgairhair bren

    What is a stupid move you have maded! The way you handle this shows alot about yourself head of the Today show. I will never watch this show again! You need to take a look at people such as Matt, Guthie for the ratings slump. Matt is definetly not into the interview most of the time? You need to let people be themselves? Curry is a true and caring person, cann’t say that for Matt or Guthie.


      Matt. Good grief, he is as bald as a cue ball. He should be the last person to talk about someones hair. Ann, looks pretty damn good from where i sit.

  • http://yahoo paul

    I believe Ann is alot more real than Matt the moran , or katie the smile that never goes away, I just wish Ann would join George and Robin , NOW THAT would pull in the ratings! wheres matty, who gives a F*** were he is whole show has turn to CRAP! shes lucky to leave there with no damage to her own GOOD Name. Oh by the way anyone remember matty crying I’ll leave unless i get a raise ? too bad they could have save a lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$ and got some one good, too much talant out there to put up with his crap GET A LIFE little matty

  • Jennifer

    NBC= National Barack Channel.

  • Nan

    Ann is a warm, caring, compassionate human being. I was absolutely shocked at her announcement that she was leaving the Today show. How could you do that to her? I have been literally depressed since that day, have hardly watched the Olympics and really have no interest in watching the Today show anymore.

    If Ann is on, I will watch her. Sorry Samanatha. You just don’t measure up, even with your 6″ heels.

  • DD

    Mr. Lauer is the problem. All of the ladies with chutzpah have left the show because of him. He’s pompous, self-serving & sexist. I refuse to watch the show not only because I cannot take him sitting there with his legs crossed condescendingly talking down to women, but also due to the lib bias of NBC. Give me the news straight without leaning left. Granted, the “Today Show” is not a news show; it’s 4 hours of fluff. Ann Curry is so much better off delivering fact based news stories than having to deal with that nonsense. Now Mr. Lauer can talk ad nauseam on some inane subject while the ratings continue to drop. If a woman was running NBC she would have nixed Mr. Lauer & brought someone in like Seacrest.

  • K

    Matt Lauer sucks.

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