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Ann Curry ‘Tortured’ By Today Execs in Final Months

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Ann Curry’s relationship with the Today show has been speculated about for nearly a year now. Her tearful goodbye in June 2012 left viewers sour, and led to the Today show falling behind Good Morning America in the morning show ratings war.

Though fans have been blaming Matt Lauer for ousting Curry from her anchor chair on Today, a new story has begun emerging, showing that Lauer was just one among many at the show that wanted, or were at least indifferent to, Curry’s ousting.

The New York Times this week published an article about Curry’s departure that was adapted from an upcoming book titled Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. The article relates that Curry feels the “boys’ club atmosphere” at Today had made her final months on the show “a form of professional torture.”

The article describes Lauer as “indifferent” to Curry, and states that there was “a general meanness on set.” As an example, Today show executive producer Jim Bell is said to have asked for a blooper reel of Curry’s on-air gaffes, though he denies the accusation. In another example, staff made fun of a yellow dress Curry wore one morning, comparing her to the Sesame Street character Big Bird.

Ann Curry ‘Tortured’ By Today Execs in Final Months
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  • jan

    She had to go! She dressed like a clown, way too young for her age. I wrote NBC many times regarding her outfits and when she looked really silly I watched another network. Way too dramatic when she interviewed someone, leaned way into their space. She really needed to go.

  • rebecca perkins

    Ann Curry was the HEART of the Today program. She was the HUMAN FACTOR that reached the heart of the person she was interviewing. As a news reporter she touched the public she spoke to. If NBC is not humble enough to take her back, and watch their ratings climb, then please release her contract and allow another news program to benifit from her talents. Today program or the powers that be you messed up big time. I am 60 years old and this is the first time in my life that I have ever spoken out on the internet about anything. I wish Ann Curry the best and I know where ever she goes she will be successful.Oh, and about her wardwrob nothing but professional and a compliment to the today program.

  • Joe Z

    I’m actually glad for Ann. She’s too serious of a journalist to fit in with what the morning “news” shows have become. I never actually thought she was a good choice as co-host. She was great as the hard-news reader and reporter, but trying to be morning co-host is a differet beast. And if you’ve noticed, “Today” has become nothing more than a promo for NBC entertainment shows, and “fluff” news pieces. It used to be the whole first hour was solid news. Now it’s the first 15 minutes, and then roll out the preview of tonight’s espisode of “The Voice”. In the end, I think Ann should be glad she’s out of that picture.

  • http://facebook steve

    lauer and his group are a bunch of over paid asses,my friends and others have boycotted the morning show and will not be be back advertiser note i will or we will not by any product advertised on this gppd old boys show,good luck to you anne ,robin roberts,screw the rest of the staff,anne you have class,which the others have zero,when is lauer going to wear a wig or hat,he looks ancient for the audience appeal,steve

  • Robert A.French Jr.

    Matt Lauer is a low down dirty snake and we will boycott the Today show
    and watch GMA from now on! Ann did not deserve the treatment that Lauer
    gave her,what a back stabbing coward he is!!!!!!

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