It seems the mad charade that has been playing out at NBC may finally be coming to a close as insiders are disclosing that NBC and Ann Curry are now deep in discussions about her exit from the show whilst Savannah Guthrie has already been confirmed to become the Today show’s new co anchor alongside Matt Lauer.
What though may hold up things is the amount of money that NBC will have to be Ms Curry to send her on her marching papers. That unfortunately for NBC may be the new thorn in their side as Ms Curry who despite the wide public sympathy she has been receiving has actually being playing a very shrewd behind the scenes game with NBC, which ironically might be why they want to see her go. Ms Curry rather than been too empathetic as one NBC insider disclosed in a NYT’s article over the weekend may infact may be too belligerent and too demanding for NBC’s tastes. The sticking point now it seems is whether Ms Curry can get NBC to give her $20 million to get her out of the way as opposed to the $10 million they have proposed.
tmz: As we first reported, Ann gets $10 million a year. She is one year into a 3-year contract, and from what we’re hearing NBC does not want to pay her $20 million for the balance of the contract.
Sources tell us Ann wants the full $20 mil and her exit papers. NBC wants to pay her $10 mil and give her a foreign correspondent job. And therein lies the hang-up.
What a hang up it could prove to be as well. With the London Summer Olympics just around the corner and NBC having already stated its intention of running its operations from London in lieu of the games certainly wont be in any mood to see negotations drag and are probably furiously trying to figure a way to get the monkey off their back. Except of course Ms Curry knows all this and is probably trying in her own very clever way to see what possible best deal she may be able to cut out for herself.
If she does manage to get herself a $20 million buyout deal, she’ll probably be locked from working for the next two years. Meanwhile, NBC insiders have confirmed that Savannah Guthrie has been offered the job of co anchor and is anxious to start.