Ann Curry Fired: Ann haggling for $20 million exit money and NBC confirms Savannah Guthrie.

Ann Curry Fired: Ann haggling for $20 million exit money and NBC confirms Savannah Guthrie.

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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.

Matt Lauer re-signs with the Today show whilst Ann Curry is a goner.

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  • PatR

    How the f&ck is Ann “haggling?” She signed a 3-year contract for $10 million a year. She has 2 years left on the contract. So now she’s telling NBC to pay her the remaining $20 million and she wants to leave the network. How is that haggling?? That’s following the contract. NBC is just being slimeballs by saying, well, uh, we would prefer to pay you just $10 million and give you a job somewhere else within the network. Well, too bad NBC. What you “prefer” is meaningless. She has a contract. Pay her the damn balance on her contract or you’re going to find youself in court and getting your butt kicked by a judge. Then, it will end up costing you even more.

  • Katherineklong

    ANN IS NOT HAGGLING–NBC DOES NOT WANT TO STICK TO THEIR DEAL–YOU AGREED TO HIRE HER FOR THREE YEARS SO SH E DESERVES THE THREE YEAR SALARY—I AM MISSING SOMETHING—WHY IS MATT LAUER WORTH SO MUCH – WHY IS KATIE COURIC WORTH SO MUCH—I FAIL TO SE E IT

  • PatR

    The salaries of Matt Lauer and Katie Couric (or anyone else) has absolutely nothing to do with this story about Ann Curry. This is strictly about what is owed to Ann Curry. And for the record, Lauer and Couric made relatively the same amount of money as Curry when they started as hosts of the show. Ann’s been there 1 year as a co-host. She’s a rookie. Matt has been there for 15 and has proven himself in terms of ratings and viewer reaction (via focus groups). He’s a proven winner for the show. And so was Katie. If Ann had made it to 10 or 15 years on the show, she too would’ve been making the huge money.

  • HelenG

    It is hard for me to understand why NBC would get rid of Ann Curry. As much as I like Matt, Natalie, Al, Leonard and the rest of the Today show lineup I believe Ann is at least as important a player in the success of the show as are they. Maybe NBC needs to dump whomever is behind this crappy decision.

  • Ed

    Amen….I like Ann. I think they will keep messing with the show until they screw it up in a way it cannot be fixed….Already screwed up lettinh Amy Robach go…….

  • Lorraionehiebgert

    I enjoy Ann Curry on the today show, did not care for Meredith, as far as Matt goes he is very stuck on himself, I have been a viewer of the Today show for years and just lately have turned the dial to Good Morning America, they are happier people on that show and Matt seems so grumpy and the young woman talk too fast, as far as interviewing etc, if they would just do a segment instead of saying it is coming and you wait and wait, that is why people are switching not because of Ann Curry, get rid of the program director and stop keeping people dangling.

  • jax

    I like Ann Curry! Actually I like her better than Matt and Katie combined!! Maybe it is time to give Matt his walking papers??? Not a big fan of the Today show for their decisions. I wish Ann the best. She deserves to have her contract honored!!!

  • KathyS

    I really like Ann Curry – she is one of the reasons I turn to the Today show. However, I find Savannah incredibly annoying. She does not think well on her feet and always seems unprepared. I agree – time for NBC to tell everyone to just be professionals and do their jobs instead of continuously playing musical co-anchors.

  • Louise

    Thank goodness Ann is leaving Today!! She can not interview worth a crap and when she does an interview she does not let the person answer her questions; she keeps running her mouth. Sounds like she does no homework before an interview.

  • Jessie

    Sorry, Ann just didn’t gel with Matt or the others; oftentimes she seemed to be forcing the bantering or joyfulness. Just wasn’t a good fit. I wish her the best.

  • Dolly Dittrich

    I never cared for Ann Curry’s interview style even before her promotion. Too touchy, feelie. Leaning into the subjects face. Appears not to listen to their answers. Repeating her questions to the guest, etc. Viera however was even worse. Don’t think Guthrie is ready for the big time full-time. She needs time to mature. She needs to develop skills that will allow her to relate to the issues of the world. Matt is terrific at his job. He has the intellect and savy to do a true informed interview with the guest be it the POTUS or the cancer patient. He’s worth the big bucks. Never liked the Happy, Happy group on GMA. Give me the facts and info I need to be informed. I’ll stick with the Today Show every day. Wish Katie would consider returning.

  • Rds4horses

    I really like Ann Curry, a true professional journalist! I may have to leave the Today Show, after many years of it being what woke me up in the morning. I can’t believe they are letting Ann go.

  • apache

    The only thing that will save NBC is to have their morning show co-hosted by Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.

  • Marla Adams

    History repeats itself again at NBC. Remember Jane Pauly/Deborah Norvell? I hope this one backfires also. Ann Curry is a classy lady. When she leaves, I leave; and I’ve watched the Today show for probably 40 years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cherylbalmas Cheryl Martell Balmas

    Savannah who? I don’t care one way or the other if Ann Curry stays or goes but they are replacing her with someone who is bringing what (?) to the show? I don’t see how they think this person is a match or a complement to Matt or what makes them a good team. I’ve never once watched her on the show and thought ‘oh they should replace Ann with this person'; she always just seemed to be filler. These morning shows are ridiculous anyway. Trying to cram so much material in 2 hours they talk over their guests and over each other. As for GMA, don’t get me started. They may be a ‘happier’ bunch but maybe too much silliness. It’s like 2 minutes of news/weather repeated over and over and the rest is ‘filler’ nonsense. Fashion. Food. Entertainment. Home Improvement and Decorating, etc., etc, etc. These morning shows are trying to be news, Ellen and Martha Stewart, Dr. Oz and HGTV all in one and all in 2 hours! and

  • hi

    This article is a terrible piece of writing. Hint: commas are useful.

  • Netu818

    I think Ann Curry is great. Savannah is the last person that should be the co host, I have been wishing her to go away ever since she started. If anyone should be co host it should be Natlaie, how do these people come up with these crazy decisions.

  • http://twitter.com/johnothy Johnothy

    I don’t understand this. Why would they replace her with Samantha Guthrie? I don’t like the third hour of Today at all. Over the years Matt Lauer gets more arrogant. They’ll regret paying him so much money when the ratings continue to drop after Ann is gone. It is no wonder GMA is beating them.

  • Pegsue50

    matt is an ass, don’t like him never will ann is so sweet hate to see her go…..

  • Macknack123

    Savannah had better get a good ‘Early Termination’ clause herself… say a billion dollars in stock and bonds so that she can become a majority stock holder and crack the whip… a ‘pre-nup’

  • Kathice

    I’m not a fan of Ann Curry’s and have wondered why NBC has kept her.

  • GFP

    I THINK LETTING ANN CURRY GO IS THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN. SHE IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN MEREDITH EVER WAS. SHE KNOWS HOW TO SPEAK AND KNOWS HER NEWS BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE. I’M SAD THAT MATT ISN’T STANDING BEHIND HER TO KEEP HER! THE RATINGS ISN’T HER FAULT AND BELIEVE ME I FELT LIKE SHE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE JOB BEFORE MEREDITH DID BECAUSE MEREDITH ISN’T A GOOD SPEAKER AND SHE MESSES UP ALL THE TIME!
    WHY GET RID OF A GOOD THING? I WILL NOT WATCH YOUR SHOW EVER AGAIN, AND I KNOW THERE ARE ALOT OF OTHER PEOPLE THAT FEEL THE SAME WAY I DO!
    I HOPE YOU RETHING THIS SITUATION!!!!

  • Elaine

    So glad to see Ann Curry leave the today Show, They need to replace Matt Lauer also!!

  • Elaine

    So glad to see Ann Curry leave the Today show. They should let Matt Lauer go also!

  • Skye

    I vividly recall how NBC (Nutjob, Butthead, Corporation) treated the talented Conan O’Brien shortly after hiring him and then giving into pressure from Jay Leno and friends. NBC (National Bitching Central) getting rid of Ann Curry, and not Matt Lauer, confirms my viewership of CBS every morning from now on. Maybe NBC ought to fire itself and let the janitors run it. It’s probably because she is half_Asian. I love her for that.