I’m not really a big morning show person. I generally work late at night and have worked as a night editor here and there through the years. But I’ve been following the story of Ann Curry’s exit from Today, and it just doesn’t seem right.
Word has it that NBC ousted her because of low ratings, deciding she wasn’t the best cohost to boost Today back to the top. Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as Matt Lauer’s cohost a year ago. During that year, Today fell into a virtual tie with ABC’s Good Morning America after holding the morning lead for more than 15 years.
Ann Curry: “Not the Way I Expected to Leave”
Curry told USA Today that she was “hurt” by NBC’s decision to replace her, and said she didn’t consider herself responsible for the drop in Today ratings. Based on her tearful goodbye, she clearly doesn’t like how it all transpired. “This is not the way I expected to leave,” she said. “For those of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line.”
But at least she’s staying with NBC. Her new title is “NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor” and “Today Anchor at Large.” No word on who will replace her, but the rumor mill is speculating it’ll be Savannah Guthrie, NBC’s chief legal analyst and cohost of the 9 a.m. hour on Today.
Not having watched Today much, I wonder why viewers consider her a groundbreaker … feel free to tell me in the comments below. And is there more to the story? Did Matt Lauer get her fired, as the Interwebs proclaim? Inquiring minds want to know.
@reellifejane I don’t know. But as a TODAY viewer and Ann fan, I did not think the co-host gig seemed like a good fit. I cringed a lot.
@thepaleobaby Not having watched Today much, what did you find appealing about her? Did she seem more “real” than other hosts?
It was definitely an awkward TV moment. Obviously they were in a hurry to get Ann out the door- she announced this with only five minutes left, and it was probably the quickest exit in Today show history. Total opposite of when other anchors left and we had to endure seemingly endless buildups to the big goodbye show.
So true. Everyone on the couch with Ann Curry seemed very awkward about the whole thing. It’s like they didn’t know whether to kiss her or scoot her out the door.
And yes on the other marathon exits that went on for months. Not on the Today Show, but geesh, when Kathie Lee left Regis & Kathie Lee, her goodbye seemed like it lasted a year. And didn’t Katie Couric have a long goodbye, too?