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Savannah Guthrie Makes Her Co-Hosting Debut on TODAY

    July 10, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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Savannah Guthrie was selected to fill the hole left by former TODAY co-host Ann Curry, who watched helplessly as NBC scrambled to replace her following record low ratings. This week, Guthrie made her debut as co-host on the popular morning program, alongside Matt Lauer and Al Roker. As a fan of Ann Curry, Guthrie’s shift to the co-hosting gig isn’t particularly thrilling, as I still hold the belief that the seasoned journalist got the shaft by her superiors. Still, at least the network went with someone who’s already established herself with viewers. That should make the transition a bit easier for devoted TODAY fanatics.

“This was a little unexpected, as we all know, but I just want to say that I’m so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women I admire,” Guthrie explained. She added that it was nice to have a job that “you can describe as fun and actually mean it.”

Although media speculation about Curry’s departure was rampant, the network itself has said very little about her replacement. However, NBC New President Steve Capus explained to the Hollywood Reporter that Curry didn’t have the enthusiasm for the “fluff” pieces that the network required her to tackle. Curry’s expertise is in serious journalism, so feigning excitement over cooking segments and celebrity pieces wasn’t exactly her forte.

This week may be Guthrie’s “official” first week as co-host, but it’s certainly not her first rodeo. One day before Curry bid farewell to viewers, Savannah took the spot next to Matt Lauer, resulting in Good Morning America’s complete annihilation of TODAY in the ratings. According to Nielsen, GMA stomped a hole in its competitor to the tune of 670,000 viewers.

NBC is hoping that Guthrie’s warm personality and jovial manner can help bring viewers back into the fold. Sadly, a lot of folks are none too pleased with the way the network has handled Curry’s departure, which may ultimately cost them in the long run. Personally, it’s kind of hard to view TODAY in the same light knowing that they’ll boot their hosts at the drop of a hat if they fail to meet expectations.


  • http://www.patriciarileyleyden.com Patricia Riley Leyden

    I wanted to see how the Today Show handled the first day without Ann Curry, so I turned it on and was disgusted when Matt Lauer said that “we are all so excited around here,” or something to that effect about this new beginning. I feel that Natalie and Al are disloyal people now too. I switched on GMA immediately, which I have been watching since Ann’s last day, and I will never return to Today, and this after 50 years of watching it. I think NBC made a deadly mistake in removing Ann.

  • Ron

    I have stopped watching this morning show. Matt Lauer laid
    the ground work for Ann Currys demise. He was challenged
    by a true Journalist. His quest for power, to keep fluff
    and BS alive on NBC is way to evident.

  • Debra

    We won’t be watching Today anymore, Matt obviously has a ‘thing’ for this woman and it’s a shame that Today played a part in helping him by ruining Ann’s career.

  • http://nbc Bonnie

    Savannah is SO ho-hum! WHY? Back to GMA

  • Mully

    Just one left wing shill replaced by another left wing shill. Ho hum.

  • Carla

    What was NBC thinking when they had Ann Curry step down as host. She was the main reason so many people loved the show. Ann was sincere, compassionate, warm and brilliant. She earned her job, venturing into dangerous parts of the world and interviewing terrible leaders of their countries. She was a great sport and I know my family, office workers, and friends that have switched to GMA. Matt should have been the one to leave. He was the Brutus and stabbed Ann in the back behind the scenes, in my opinion. NBC WAS NOT RESPECTFUL OR COMPASSIONATE in the way they had ANN CURRY LEAVE- NBC- NOBODY CARES SO YOUR VIEWERS WON’T CARE UNTIL ANN COMES BACK AS THEIR CHOICE OF HOST!

  • Carol Widenmore

    I loved GMA until I witnessed Ms. Curry being bullied from the top down on national TV!!
    How sad and disgusting.
    I will watch CBS from now on.
    The TV business is often cruel, but the manner in which they
    came about ousting her is akin to lynching.
    Ratings and money are the name of the game in television.
    Godspeed Ms. Curry…

  • Renee

    I really fell bad that Ann Curry didn’t see this comming. I love her as a jouranlist and an anchor. I really feel that Savannah was brought in and groomed for this position from the very start. I sincerely hope that Ann will go on and find bigger and better things to do. Sometimes God wil move you to bless you in a bigger way.

  • Jeffries

    This was the worst move that NBC ever did. I have watch the Today Show for over 30 years. Not any more.

  • http://yahoo.com tanya gutierrez

    matt lauer was typically despicable and following the newsy trend of needing cute, younger women to keep a following, which is ok, except, as in all cases, it dehumanizes women, and trashes them if they can no longer fit into “this mold”. As a protest, I too will switch to Good Morning America, after all, if everyone else is watching it, there must be something to it. I encourage you all to do the same, one day your wives and daughters will be Ann Curry’s age, and I hope this humiliation will never darken their doorway. I say TUNE OUT!!!

    • http://yahoo mommiedearest

      I agree. Matt better watch his balding head or he’ll be next! That would put a smile on my face!

  • http://yahoo mommiedearest

    After what Today did to Ann Curry, I switched to GMA.

  • http://YAHOO MINDIJORDAN

    ANN CURRY WAS THE EMBODIMENT OF CLASS AND ARTICULATION. SHE WAS WONDERFUL AS A CO ANCHOR AND WHY THEY DISMISSED HER FROM HER SERVICES IS TOTALLY BIZARRE. WHY DOESN’T SOMEONE POINT AN EYE AT MATT. I WISH THIS NEW GAL ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD BUT SHE GOT THE JOB BY REPLACING SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T NEED REPLACEMENT.

  • Rose Dolce-Skarphol

    Shame on NBC for getting rid of Ann Curry. They are more interested in “fluff” pieces, isn’t this why we have the last 3 hours of the Today Show? Kelly, Hoda and Kathy Lee, Extra in the everning, isn’t there enough fluff and poor Journalism? We live in a world of “in the moment” mnentality when the serious news reported by Ann Curry is considered boring if you are not covering the demise of yet another Hollywood marriage or bad behavior which is now rewarded. They have lost a considerable amount of viewers like myself who still cherish “real hard news stories”. Matt is pathetic with his gushing of Savannah on air knowing that Ann might be watching.

    • Janne

      Could not have said that better myself. Get rid of Matt, it will be a whole lot better show.

  • jack campsey

    Maybe their ratings wouldn’t drop if hey reported both sides of the story. I have switched to HLN and Fox because you get both sides of the news. Obama is not in every sentence they use.

  • Jewell

    The Today Show makes me sick.. I have seen Ann do cooking segments before so they knew how she was, and they still made her Co Anchor.. So stop blaming Ann for the ratings, How do you know Matt isn’t the problem? Or the crap they show? Fire Matt and let Ann and Savannah run the show.

  • john

    C’mon, she looks like the clone of Natalie Morales. Even LULAC and other activists have started posting that NBC passed her over because she’s Hispanic. Can you even tell them apart? At least they didn’t bring in Connie Chung or Margaret Cho to replace her. If if was Miss Swan, now that would be funny.

  • Barry

    Ann Curry was the only reason why I continued to watch Today. I no longer have need to sit and endure Al Roker’s forced buffoonery to keep his job, and Lauer’s abrasive interviewing style just to see Ann’s segments. Ann’s professionalism is still unmatched. It really hurt to see her uncomfortable, tear-filled exit along with the uncomfortable fidgeting of the remaining staff. Not to take away anything from Savannah Guthrie (mind you, she towers over everyone and it stands out!), I wish her well, but she’s no match for the class of Ann Curry.

    • Kimberly

      I agree. I have not watched Today since I found out that Ann was leaving.

  • Lora

    “Fluff” is exactly the reason why I don’t watch the today show anymore.

  • Jim

    I quit watching today as well. I don’t care for matt and am tired of all the hollywood/fluff pieces that they try to pass off as news. Please not one more kardashian piece. I am now watching cable news and it is much better.

  • carole

    I liked Ann, what I don’t like is Matt. He is getting old and abrasive, seems to like himself too much. GMA has a much better show, with much better host. Won’t be watching the Today show anymore, NBC has to get better management and new host…

  • Mike

    I have always watched the Today show. Over the past few years the quality of the segments and material have gone down hill. I want to see the news of the world, if i want cooking i will go to the food chanel etc. I though Ann was excellent.

  • Jean

    I will no longer be watching NBC Today Show since their superficial decision to fire Ann Curry.Since placing two young attractive women who could be look alikes is their idea of who they want to appeal to as viewers, good luck with that. I know quite a few people who share my viewpoint.

    • louize

      Who the heck cares! Geeze!!!!!!!!!!

      • Janne

        The NBC Executives will when their ratings go down even further. They only have themselves to blame. That’s who.

  • Johnny at the Harbor

    Again…big mistake replacing Ann with whats her name..Oh yeah, shes a Lawyer…big deal..did she ever practice law?? I doubt it…Im watching GMA now and Im glad cuz I got real tired of the left wing BS…Im guessing the the Today Show’s rating will continue to decline and it will make my day……And frankly..Im liking GMA…

  • diana

    I will never watch the Today Show again. Matt is the problem…NOT all the girls.

    • http://www.Yahoo.com Nancy Lowell

      I agree–Matt and his oversized ego are the problem–if I were Ann, I would take myself to a Network that appreciates her–so long NBC–heloo CBS–N.l.

  • One big family?

    That wasn’t a hole created by Ann Curry’s departure, it was a crater that resulted from the bomb dropped by NBC. Ann may not have fit NBC’s cookie cutter version of the cohost, but she was warm, genuine and the epitome of the kind of person who should be sitting in that chair. I find myself going to other morning shows more than ever. I hope Ann is quickly hired by another station who appreciates her talent and professionalism. NBC may be one big family, but Ann’s firing makes a clear statement that they eat their young. P.S. I know a great employment attorney in Philadelphia.

  • Consuela Margalotti

    Ann Curry was class, I don’t watch the Today show anymore. I don’t like the replacement and the news segments are more like the Inquirer newspaper.

  • dianab

    She is missing an upper lip

  • Mike

    Ann is a bore and should be on NPR. Savannah is exactly what Today needs. Sexy, well spoken and energetic. She will do great.

    • Janne

      She has about as much personality as a rock. As far as sexy….well, she has a lot of leg but there really is nothing upstairs except for a kniving backstabber. Need I say more.

  • http://none Charles T. Schenck

    Al may be next! All his silly bellowing is not very humerous. Better reporting, less talking over each other would greatly improve the show. Ann is missed but some smarter network will realize the valuable asset that she is. Slumping ratings indicate a need to re-evaluate your content.

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  • Ruth

    Savannah, Congrats on your new position, However hope that you are aware that once Matt is tired of you, and knows that audience likes you better than him, he will some how figure a way to get rid of you. Ann was one of the best Anchor’s they had.. She had the experience of traveling the world and covering stores that some never got a chance to, articulate, down to earth, and reported NEWS.. NBC has lost allot of viewers due to the underhanded way Ann’s departure was handled due to a Pompous Ass throwing temper tantrums and using threats of not returning, shoot I don’t think over half of the viewer’s cared. NBC thinks they lost viewers, just you wait till the votes come in.. The worst is yet to come.

    • Janne

      I agree. Matt has really gone down hill over the last several years. I think they should give him the boot the way they did Ann.

  • http://yahoo cheryl lopez

    I was disgusted about all the gushing over Savannah..the baby pix…the guitar playing..they gave Ann two minutes to say goodby after all her years of service..and Savannah all that time to gush and blush..shame on NBC!

  • Shannon Meadows

    I think it is terrible what NBC has done to Ann Curry. I thought they passed her over with Meridith Vierra years ago. I would agree that the Today Show is not about “News” anymore. I am switching to GMA and I hope other viewers follow my lead. Shame on NBC.

  • june

    I no longer watch the Today show ANN CURRY was the only reason that I tuned in everyday because she was made the show with her persona she is a great lady that tells the news with human kindness not rating interest I will follow where ever she goes and like the others on here I have other A.M. shows to watch whoever picks up ANN CURRY will be my next permenate A.M. show

  • Sue

    The NBC News president has it backwards: Ann Curry was extremely enthusiastic and polite during all of the “fluff” segments. She was one of the most genuine co-hosts the show has ever had. Often times I feel both Matt and Al are condescending with their “tongue in cheek” comments about particular segments, whereas Ann kept it more professional and classy.

    I agree with others who posted, and I no longer will turn automatically to NBC at 7:00 am. I’m going to give ABC and CBS a try after many years as a Today Show fan.

    On another note, how sad that Ann’s good-bye from the Today Show “family” was so brief and insincere. I was shocked at how involved and congratulatory Savannah’s first day was. There was far too much celebration for her after the way Ann was “dismissed” so abruptly. Her chair wasn’t even cold yet.

  • Karen Noggle

    I Will never watch the Today show again and I had been watching for 18 years!! If they would do that to Ann Curry then they do not care one bit about the audience. Hey, try Good Morning America people!! It is awesome Today who?????>

  • Nancy

    I have already switched to GMA. I will no longer watch The Today Show after what they did to Ann. I too felt Ann should have received the position before Meredith. I cannot stomach Savanagh Guthrie. I have watched the Today Show for longer than I can remember so it feels weird watching GMA but I know I will come to love that show. Goodbye NBC!!

  • Lois

    Savannah didn’t do anything..She was already a host on the show, I like her very much, loved watching her on weekends with Jana Wolfe, Lester Holt and the gang….Savannah deserves a little extra show of who she is adn what she has done..She will be great along Matt Lauer and hopefully they can keep that weatherman under wraps a little..I am back with the show, go Savannah!!!

  • Obamanation

    NBC and the Today Show have low ratings because of their content… not the “prettiness” of the female spokesmodel.

  • Ron H

    Savannah is not going to move the needle either. She will be gone in 2 years. Nobody could do it like Meredith and Katie Courick. Why ? The Today show is an entertainment show, not a news show, and its core audience is 40-45 years old. Meredith came across as a smart, mature, attractive woman, who commanded respect with people she interviewed. Katie had that bubbly, genuine personality.

    Ann Curry was one of the worst interviewers I ever saw. She always bent over and faked this over concerned tone. Nobody over 35 is going to take Savannah seriously.

    Hey NBC… wake up. Check your all time ratings, and who was co hosting then.

  • Susan

    I too have said adieu to TODAY. Ann Curry was a serious journalist placed in a program that basically has become “People Magazine” for 4 hours! Nothing against Savannah Guthrie but Ann Curry was not the problem…hope it works out for Savannah but I will not be watching.

  • Julie

    Goodbye Today Show. I have watched for over 30 years, but no longer enjoy the show. i am now a fan of CBS and GMA.

  • Renee

    I have switched to GMA as well. Matt Lauer’s buzzed haircut is so redneck in my opinion. Savannah, bless her heart, is homely. Just not what I want to watch everyday. I hated when Ann was on vacation, and now that she’s gone, the Today show will not be aired in my house. What jerks!

  • Allen

    Hey, Todd, grow up. I’ve been in the broadcast business since 1962 and it’s always been the same…get rating or your gone.

  • http://yahoo Peter

    I think Savannah should of replaced Matt; he looks so out dated. I will try GMA.

  • EILEEN

    I no longer watch the TODAY SHOW..Good Morning America is now is my 7am time slot. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.. Anyway i am tired of Matt Lauer

  • http://Yahoo Jose

    I have to agree with most of the bloggers here. Ann Curry was not a great interviewer, but the way NBC handled her departure was classless and warrants viewers’ disloyalty. Ann had been on the show for, what, 15 of so years and they gave her two minutes air time to say good-bye. This past Monday, TODAY did a 5 minute segment welcoming Savannah as if NBC just hired the greatest newcaster in the history of television. Classless!

  • Bonnie Anderson

    I was very disappointed in the way NBC handled Ann Curry’s dismissal. I’ve always considered her very professional with class who gave the Today Show depth. The show definitely needs some changes & improvements, but getting rid of Ann wasn’t one of them. I think if NBC listened to the public Ann would still be part of the show, however, there may be some others replaced.

  • Georgia Resident

    Shame on NBC ! I have been a loyal fan for over 20 years. NO MORE! I have found another morning show to watch after the way they booted Ann Curry. Corporate jerks! Replace Ann, because Lauer says there is no chemistry? They should have replaced that germophobic anchorman when he took chemistry to a new level by having an affair with one of his co-host! Watch the ratings soar now, I mean down! Listen up NBC, now you can thank your 25 million dollar per year germophobic Matt Lauer! She was genuine and the public loved her! You become loyal fans of the people not the show. Take note NBC.

    • Janne

      Couldn’t have said it better.

  • Peggy

    I too will be switching to GMA. The treatment of Ann Curry by NBC executives and her on-screen colleagues was deplorable. NBCs decision to have Ann announce her own exit without having any network- prepared send off which would honor her many achievements and contributions to the Today show over so many years was shocking and a callous departure of what has been done in the past for prominent Today show personalities. Even Brian Williams in his congratulations to Savannah on his Nightly News did not pay any tribute to Ann Curry. This is poor journalism at the very least. Did it ever occur to decision makers at NBC that the success of GMA is due to personalities very similar to that of Ann Curry. Diane Sawyer, Robin and George all exhibit a gentle, empathetic, and thoughful persona,the same qualities I truly enjoyed in Ann Curry.

  • gman

    She seems OK, but Ann was likable, which Matt and Al are not. I stopped watching a few years ago, before Ann took over, but no one wants to watch a morning show that is like a revolving door, which is what all major morning shows are now – someone is always off or on vacation, no one has any clue who will be on at any given day. Plus I don’t have the time to waste. Matt Lauer must take off three or four months a year, or so it seems. I stopped watching after a while because he and Al Roker were both getting on my nerves. I expect the ratings for this show to just continue to tank. I will not watch it…

  • Jo

    Have switched from Today show and will not go back…….Anne Curry is one classy and gracious lady! She did not deserve to get booted. NBC did not learn a lesson with the Jay Lenno fiasco.

  • Janne

    We haven’t watched the Today show since they made a mockery out of Ann Curry. Even my Teen Age kids saw through that business. For all the years she has been with them they could have given her more than 3 minutes. The reason the show has gone down the tubes is the fact that Executives can’t get it through their heads that the show is to predictable. Let me see what do we have. Cooking, Styles, Hollywood Gossip, oh yea a weak attempt on legal advice. Throw in 3 minutes or less of news and we have the Today show. Not all of us are that dense or shallow. Get with the program. Do more with the news. Give us some meat not this dribble that you call news worthy. It’s just junk. Maybe when you do, some of us will come back to viewing. But until you have turned a lot of people away to other programing.

  • http://WPN Kathleen

    Not a fan, watched the Today since Tom Brokow and Jane Pauley times, will be moving to ABC/GMAC…

  • equinelady

    Savannah . . seems brittle with a very strident voice — not easy to listen to — did anybody run an audio test on her???? Ann was classy; Savannah not so much. Very average in my book. Switching to Good Morning America. Matt Lauer is the one who should have left.

  • http://yahoo J Mealy

    I too have switch to GMA after watching TODAY every morning for over 30 years. I have to admit, I miss the TODAY show, but I will not return without Ann.

  • jane

    I stopped watching the Today Show the day they booted Ann,the Today Show made a mammoth mistake in letting Ann take the fall, so gracefully as I might add!!! Savannah is lovely but Ann was the Real Class Act………

  • matt

    I agree and hope someone from NBC reads the comments to see how their decisions affect things. I cant stand looking at savannah, and will be switching to GMA. You wanted change NBC? Now you have it.

  • Dave

    Have not watched the show since Ann left and do not plan to watch it again!!

  • Greg Strone

    AnnCurry was the credibility of the Today Show. Without her you have the blandest and most air-headed show on television. Couple that with the way NBC treated Conan and you have a network that is run by The Sith – seriously NBC you stink. I hope you’re rating go down and Ann Curry will be back in a better place than this horrible network, so good for her.

  • Pat Muir

    Shame on NBC, I will never watch again, changed to GMA. It’s also about time they get rid of Matt Lauer. We will miss you Ann.

  • CSB

    If they booted Ann because she wouldn’t feign excitement over “fluff pieces” they might as well put a Kardashian in her place.

    • lorrie e.

      I agree with all the above comments. I shed tears along with Ann
      when she said goodbye. She worked many years to become co-host.
      There is no one on tv that has the velvety easy-to-listen-to voice. No matter what or where she was reporting from, I listened, if only to hear her voice. When she interviewed someone who had experienced a tragedy, you could feel her empathy.
      NO ONE else comes close, although Natalie would be next-best. What does being a lawyer have to do with being co-host? It never was important before; so why now?
      I wish you the very best, Ann; and I will be watching for you wherever you will be next.
      I actually feel sorry for Savannah.
      Lorrie

  • http://WebProNews CM

    I agree that Ann Curry got the NBC shaft. She is a knowledgable newswoman, much better at hard news than Matt. NBC sent her on so many dangerous assignments. Remember the mountain climb when she got altitute sickness? Bet Matt wouldn’t go near a mountain climb.
    Savannah is the new type of anchor…Lawyer (why so many lawyers on TV doing other things?). And she is giggles way too much. And she slumps. And her voice needs some work to be at a lower register because the squeaky voice is irritating. Then there’s Natalie, whom everyone loves. Why didn’t she get a chance?
    I hope Ann got to keep the clothes. No one else could wear them with such style. So, I’m off to Good Morning America. NBC nudged me out their door.

  • Flip Flop

    Already I see signs of this not working. She just does not have it when it comes to pulling off that position.

  • Pat Muir

    I agree with all the above. The next one to go should be Matt Lauer.

  • Lulu

    Watch your back with Mr. Lauer Ms. Guthrie. Even if Ann didn’t make it as the co-anchor, she should have gotten the nes desk back. You can bet, Matt could’ve done more to keep her. There is something underhanded about that guy. I’m going back to GMA even though George is too political……….

  • skydoglvr61

    Let the “three professionals” take over the Today show. Star, Donny and Dr. Nancy are all articulate, well educated and have had some real life experiences because of their professional lives. Why does Matt still have a contract after all of the unsavory rumors that swirl around him? Ann, you are a classy, intelligent woman. What happened to you is not fair to you or viewers. I know you will do an outstanding job in your new position but I will miss you!

  • lori

    If what I’m reading is accurate, Savannah Guthrie will not be the answer to the Today Show’s ratings. She will have a lot of pressure on her to bring up the ratings & will be gone as quickly as Ann. Switching to GMA as well. Shame on you NBC for your treatment of Ann.

  • David Pierce

    Ann was absolutely a huge reason why I watched. Savannah is ok, nothing against her, but it just feels like the network scrambled to find a replacement. Watching the Today shows makes me feel kind of dirty now. GMA is really good. I will be watching it from now on.

  • Leisha

    You mean…boot ‘WOMEN’ anchors. Never watching NBC again for their horrible treatment of Ann Curry. Really miss her. Watching GMA from now on.

  • LINDA BUSH

    I WATCHED TODAY SHOW YESTERDAY AND IT WAS SO BORING WITH SAVANNAH GUTHREY. SHE DOESN’T HAVE THE WARMTH AND COMFORTABLE FEELING THAT ANN DID. SHAME ON NBC FOR NOT TREATING ANN BETTER. THIS REMINDS ME OF JERRY JONES WHEN HE REPLACED TOM LANDRY COACH OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS. IT WAS DONE IN A WAY THAT SEEMED SO DISRESPECTFUL FOR SOMEONE WHO HAD DEDICATED SO MANY YEARS TO A CAREER THAT HE HANDLED SO ADMIRINGLY. WHEN THEY THOUGHT HE WAS OF NO VALUE TO THE TEAM ANYMORE, THEY DISCARDED HIM, MUCH IN THE SAME WAY THEY DID ANN, IN MY OPINION. IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE BOTTOM DOLLAR. HOW DO THEY KNOW THEIR RATINGS WEREN’T LOWER BECAUSE OF MATT OR AL? ANYWAY, THE SHOW WAS BORING AND I WILL NOT BE WATCHING ANYMORE. ANN WAS MY FAVORITE PERSON ON THE SHOW, AND FROM WHAT I’M READING, OTHERS TOO. GOOD LUCK, ANN. YOUR ADMIRERS ARE STILL WITH YOU.

  • toobusy

    The day after Ann left, I started watching GMA. It is refreshing & much more light hearted. Today Show seems somber and not so “fun”. I’ve been watching NBC loyally since 1990 and after their treatment off Ann Curry, I went off to GMA. Loved Matt Lauer when he first started, don’t know what happened to him.

  • T

    Ann Curry invested 15 years in NBC. I’m quite sure she intended to retire there. She did the stories no one else could. i.e, the north pole segment! Matt lauer is the balding pig who crafted her exit while securing a 25 mill dollar contract. I used to like him until that happened. I would put up with him. Now he’s just an aging greedy old aggrogant boring grump. I hope his ratings tank!!! I hated that they played “welcome Savannah” with old clips of her, etc. and Ann Curry’s chair isn’t even cold yet!! Shame on NBC. I’m watching Amy Robach on ABC now.

  • Jill Anderson

    I stopped watching the Today show due to all the fluff involved. I don’t give a darn about celebrity news, I want to hear news about politics, world events, etc…Stop with the cooking segments, celebrity interviews, and “the professionals” segment. I really don’t care what those three think. I used to watch the first 15 to 20 minutes to hear the news and then moved to other things.

    Personally, I’m glad Ann Curry was able to move on. This show is a waste for someone with as much talent as she has. I do think that Al Roker, Matt Luaer, and the others should have shown a little more respect for Ann on her last day. Especially Al Roker, as they always came across as being such good friends. Wow! With friends like this, who needs enemies. Good luck Ann Curry! I’ll be waiting for your specials.

  • http://yahoo rosebud

    I have been a longtime loyal Today fan for about 25+ years but no longer. The main reason I tuned in over the years was the excellent reporting and when Ann Curry was brought in my appreciation of Today went up a notch. Classy, soothing, professional and chic, Ann really was the epitome of what I like to watch on the morning news channel I select. The manner in which Ann was shoved out the door; the complete LACK of any appreciate in her goodbye- 5 minutes to tell her loyal watchers she was leaving w/ NOTHING done by NBC to showcase her excellent reporting was nothing less than not only a slap in the face to Ann but to her viewers. I’ve always like Matt Lauer but I am DONE with the Today show. This has left a bad taste in my mouth. I hope Ann finds another network eventually who will appreciate the professional and enjoyable newscaster she is.

  • J.M.

    I enjoyed the show in the past. There was quality, serious interviews and some humor. Lately it looks like you prefer to cater to pure entertainment and not always in good taste. I am afraid that you will lose the older audience. The lady’s in your group don’t really care about manners. Yes they are mostly smart and can deliver the news, but the minute you see them standing in front of the camera, it looks like they are in a hurry to run to the bathroom. What is it with crossing their legs like they need to go?? It looks ridicules and offensive.
    The young generation today has no upbringing; maybe they could learn thing or two from the show. Lets them see the way a person should stand up, not like a five year old in the desperate need to go…
    The change of anchors is not going to help. Ann is a serious, compassionate human being. The network was making clown out of her. They have to make a decision if they are following the air heads in the public or people who really would like some serious , quality reporting. We can always move to other news stations. I would like to watch the news not to be entertained, but to be enlightened.

  • http://Yahoo David

    Maybe it’s time to get rid of Matt Lauer and Al Roker I can’t stand either one of them. I liked Ann Curry I hope she get’s a good gig.

  • m kiefer

    I used to be a daily viewer and supporter of the Today Show. NO More. I now watch GMA for the first time and will NOT return to Today. See ya Matt!!!!!

    • Tammy

      I agree that NBC treated Ann terribly and I was disappointed in Brian Williams shoddy comments. I don’t feel any rapport with Savannah G never had and really dislike the gal now. How did she shoot up the ladder so fast and surpass Natalie, Amy Robach and Jenna? Beyond me.

  • bill houlihan

    Guthrie is a pro and I am rooting for her.

    Curry is a pro and I am rooting for her.

    NBC Prez Capus is a panicked idiot and I am not cheering for you or your network.

    At a saturday night party in Palo Alto, 5 of 6 attendees have refused to wtach Brian Williams and MSNBC altogether after the shabby treatment of Ann Curry. (This is not a passing moment Mr capus)
    We all agreed to turn into GMA and wait for your next stupid move.

    You overlooked and underestimated that Ann Curry has millions of fans out here, and we are supporting HER, not you.

    For Lauer, he should have stood up for Curry, but didn’t. I am sure he was trying for Natalie Morales as his sidekick (so many rumors etc about them both) but NBC settled to the talented Guthrie.

    MSNBC is my daily must see, as is Brian Williams. Not today, not tomorrow, not again.

    God bless the remote. And when your overall ratings dip, blame it on Capus and Lauer who failed to stick up for Curry.

    Disgusting behavior all the way around. Guess loyalty doesn’t pay.

    • Me

      Guthrie is lame and immature. I no longer watch the show.

    • Deb

      NBC has a long track record of disloyalty to their talent. Pierce Brosnan could have been James Bond in the ’80’s, but they refused to release him from a tired show. And, more recently, the shabby treatment of Conan O’Brien is another shining example of NBC’s supporting of their talent.

  • steffie

    going to GMA….something about Savannah that just does not click with me…maybe it is that goofy smile…

  • http://Yahoo Charlotte

    I think Anne Curry has suffered a great injustice and because of that:I am NOT watching “Today” anymore! I don’t like the strong-arm tactics of the Network, and I still wonder WHO REALLY was behind Anm’s departure from “the couch”…and if a “Benedict Arnold” was hidden in their midst?!
    Whatever: I wish you well Anne, you have long been one of my favorites and I will follow you wherever you go! Good Luck dear Lady, you have beauty,intelligence,guts and best of all: CLASS!

    • Val Cabellon

      When are they going to replace Matt L. and Al Roker????

  • shelly

    I was a loyal watcher of the Today but when Katie left I switched to GMA and I love everyone on that show. I do like Ann and feel she was done wrong by everyone.

  • peggy

    I,m so pleased to see that so many people deplore the way NBC treated it;s most classy host, Ann Curry. Shame on them, I could not bear to watch since, that two-faced Matt Laurer, and for the newest host, Savanah – she’s scary….

  • JOHN R. RIDLEHOOVER

    I NO LONGER WATCH THE SHOW SINCE ANN CURRY LEFT, SAVANNAH GUTHRIE AND KATIE COURIC WAS THE WORST

  • Rick Winoker

    What redeeming traits could you possibly think Ann Curry had? GOOD RIDDANCE. Savannah Guthrie is only very mildly better. You need a star for co-host-like a Diane Sawyer, a Jane Pauley,a Viera, a Ciuric. Why has everyone forgotten? Someone with a great journalistic backround, with a flair for entertainment and lifestyle segments.
    Norah O’Donnell.

  • http://yahoo.com Sherry

    Matt Lauer appears to be an egomaniac. Al Roker is a tired act.
    And Ann Curry, who is a professional class act, definitely should have been the one to stay.
    But she didn’t like “fluff?” Duh. She is a talented journalist, who is serious about her job.
    I no longer intend to watch Today now that she is gone.

  • ann sosa

    I thought the way ann curry was treated was just terrible! Also…to hire someone in her place that quickly was Very dis-tasteful! Shame on NBC!! I’m looking very forward to becoming a GMA Fan! Good Luck to Ann Curry we Love You and we are ALL pulling for you!

  • stone

    I only watched Today cause of Ann; I hope NBC’s news viewership craters; I’m not watching any NBC news.

  • 12know

    It’s no secret that the media is a snake pit with everyone jockeying for a secure position, even if it means stepping on someone else’s toes or getting them fired. Ann is a class act but hails from a different time when journalism was more serious. Savannah is more like today’s type of journalist, appealing to the audience for ratings approval. I prefer the old school style but that doesn’t go over very well now. Also, what the public wants is rarely considered in making these types of decisions. The head honchos zero in on the ratings only. Well, with many former Today fans going over to GMA, the executives will be left scratching their heads as to why the ratings continue to plummet.

  • Susan Blanton

    It was Ann Curry’s dislike of Fluff that made me watch her on the Today show. I want to see news in the morning not cooking and celebrity gossip. If Ann Curry was the reason for the low ratings, then it says a lot about the stupidity of our nation. We are rapidly becoming a nation of imbeciles who would rather watch Dance Moms then Sixty Minutes.

    • Deb

      If you want real news in the morning, watch CBS’s morning show. It’s the only one I like.

  • pianolegs

    Hey! CBS has a pretty good morning show — try it — they discuss serious stuff and they’re all grownups!!! The Today Show is past history. Savannah Guthrie — come on — she lives in a teenage world.

  • Bonnie

    I agree with most of the comments. Ann Curry did not make the ratings go down. Maybe it was the show itself. Let me see, the cooking segemnts where no middle class person can afford to make. That segment should go. All that glamour. Dresses only $100.00 what a deal! Gotta go. Lets not forget those houses that Al tries to sell. Only $300,000 what a bargain. I will right there to buy one maybe two. Again, this segment should go. Just maybe the show needs revamped. Do you think? I am sorry to see that Ann is still staying with NBC. She deserves better. She is a classy compassionate lady and a great journalist. She has been all over the world for NBC. Putting her life in danger and for what. Getting rolled over like a steam roller. I will be surprised if the ratings go down further. I heard Matt had alot to do with getting the ax and that makes me sick. Whats so great about him. He is old, gray and almost bald. He can also be replaced. As for Savannah, well she has a big pair of shoes to fill. That cheezy fake smile just doesn’t do it for me. I wish Ann all the luck in the world. I hope she gets to move forward soon. Miss you Ann.I am also switching networks.

  • JC

    She’s o.k. but, I would have rather seen Natalie Morales get it.

  • Pissed at NBC

    If the Today Show wanted there rateings to go up they should have shit canned those two stupid DRUNKS Kathy Lee and Hoda.

  • Sally

    I echo the sentiments of others here. I stopped watching the Today Show (after loyally watching for many years) on Ann Curry’s last day. I now watch GMA. I will follow whatever Ann does next, however I have no desire to waste my time on the Matt Lauer/Savannah Guthrie team.

  • Deb

    Apparently Ms. Guthrie is too young to remember Deborah Norville being thrown under the bus by NBC when Jane Pauley left the Today show. All I have to say is good luck, and I’ll be watching Charlie Rose.

    • Martha

      I’m with you… CBS and ABC, here I come. There is so little hard news anymore, it’s like watching the National Enquirer… yucch

  • Take That

    Matt Lauer is the problem. I’ll never watch as long as that putz it still antagonizing his “guests.”

  • Karrie

    WTF – Matt did all the talking and I didn’t get to see anything but Savannah’s poor posture and silly, youthful, unprofessional persona (was my first impression). I” just read my news online…thanks.

  • Gilligan

    I was a fan of Willard Scott and the Today Show “persona” during his time, but the ratings race and the left leaning course since then have left me cold. Not a fan of Matt, and he can only blame the ratings slippage on the co host for so long. Eventually an overhaul will be the only way to salvage the show. The Kathie Lee and Hoda segments are nauseating.

  • elizabeth

    I too am sorry to see Ann Curry go. Who know’s if she was the cause of NBC’s sinking ratings? Maybe it’s Mat Lauer? I’d much rather watch, learn, listen to Curry than Lauer. I sometimes find Lauer cold, condisending and almost rude. Guthie seems very bright, a big too smiley, but I’ll switch stations, to protest the way NBC really treated Curry badly. Too bad, I’ve enjoyed NBC since Jane Pauley’s time.

    • elizabeth

      Yes, Savannah needs to sit up straight; she definitely sloughes; looks bad!

  • Martha

    Ann Curry is such a class act and my only regret is that she doesn’t leave NBC completely… I would love to watch her reporting on another network. Please give us some hard news and get rid of this fluff stuff we see all the time.

  • Ellen Devens

    Ann Curry is possibly one of the classiest and brightest. What’s the expression, “A camel is what happens when executives meet to discuss a horse”…. or something like that.

  • Donna

    The day Ann Curry left the show was the last day I watched TODAY .. Matt Lauer is a pompous ass and Savannah Guthrie’s voice drives me crazy .. she is just another piece of fluff that NBC added in an attempt to win the ratings wars .. Ann Curry is a classy journalist and didn’t belong there. I will watch Ann Curry no matter where she goes!

  • jme

    Ann isn’t the problem with this show. Savannah is slumped over & behaving like a teenager, hardly the way to bring in viewers. Matt is grumpy & seems irritated by this job, kind of like Regis Philbin did before he FINALLY “retired”.

  • Josephine

    Though I have no dislike for Savannah, I too will switch stations due to the dismissal of Ann Curry. It is with amazement and disbelief how “superiors” can treat a kind, intelligent, and positive person as Ann in such an inhumane way. She is much more deserving than the big shots give her credit for. I wish Ann all the best and I will be watching to see her kind, energetic face on TV again!!

  • missing Ann Curry

    The whole transsition just doesnt look right. Conspiracy all the way, I think Savannah f.u.c.k.e.d somebody. Matt is the reason nobody wanna watched. They may never recover now.

    • missing Ann Curry

      * watch

      • OLLIE

        DO NOT ENJOY THE SHOW ANYMORE,,NO IMPROVEMENT,,,,,,ANN WAS BETTER.AND MORE REAL. SHE GOT THE SHAFT…. NEVER SAW THE POINT IN CHANGING.

  • missing Ann Curry

    Remember when Al Roker called Savannah Samantha instead of Savannah?_ there was an underlying reason behind that. I watched her talk with Tamron Hall once and she seems a bit conniving.

  • RR

    Anne Curry is an intelligent journalist with class and her worldly experience has a lot to offer the viewers. The problem with the Today show is that they are following the trends of worthless air time spent on idle chatter, just to talk. The Today Show needs a face lift, eliminating Anne Curry was a huge mistake because she has a lot to offer, perhaps NBC should have changed around their program and finally get rid of Matt Lauer. I will not be watching the Today Show. I find Matt Lauer personality dry and pompous at times. Anne Curry was grossly undervalued and her talents were disregarded when NBC decided to drop her.

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    PROGRAM NOW STINKS.. SEE ABOVE.EVERYONE IS RIGHT.

  • Second Mouse

    This Ann Curry business has left a bad taste in my mouth. Ann was the only reason I stayed with The Today Show as of late. I do not particularly care for fluff stories but watched anyway while she was on. It seems lately that the show is more slap stick/goofy. I think they joke around TOO much. I want some NEWS! Now I think I’ll just start GMA.

  • Kristine Brown

    The reason Ann doesn’t have the “fluff,” is because she’s not fake and the way NBC RUNS through all of their interviews and segments is enough to make one sick! Ann is a real, down to earth sweet person….we love you Ann. NBC should be shut down for airing on line Ann’s reaction and response to her departure. I have never seen anything so shallow and heartless in my life!!!! I have watched NBC for years, but I can honestly say that they have lost any respect that I had as a long time viewer. You deserve better Ann, get out of there!!

  • jordan

    I absolutely believe this is the smartest move you have made in a long time. Savannah is great and is an honest down home person. She is Real

    • jordan

      after reading some of the older comments, would like to tell you that I formerly wathed CBS, ABC, and now watch NBC Today every day. You have a great morning show. What this world needs now is a little honesty and an “Old Fashioned” person, not a jaded, one sided person.

  • janlincoln

    Actually, NBC might consider getting rid of Matt Lauer. What an ego! Ann was lovely. The way NBC replaced her leaves me with no respect for the network. I am now a GMA fan. The Olympics may save the Today Show, butjust temporarily. People and how you treat them matter to the public.