Welcome to NBC’s battle of the ego. Who needs news when you have backdoor news to hide from the world….?
It is generally thought to be understood that Ann Curry‘s position of co anchor of NBC’s the Today show will be formally given to Savannah Guthrie sometime today (rumors nevertheless persist that Hoda Kotb is still in the running) whilst NBC still iron out financial arrangements with Ms Curry who is keen to get a $20 million payout as her contract stipulated as opposed to the $10 million NBC are at present content to pay Ms Curry (how she if she chooses to exercise her contractual rights remains to be seen).
Yet that said, there seems to be a new storm in the clouds of NBC as frayed egos now begin to take center stage. Who it said might walk out now that she has been passed over for the role of co anchor of the Today show is Natalie Morales who insiders reveal is mortified that NBC executives have ostensibly passed her over not once but twice.
Reports the NY Post: “This will be the second time [Natalie] has been passed over for the top job. And she’s not happy,” a source tell us.
A NBC Universal rep had no comment on Curry or her replacement, but said the talk about Morales being disgruntled is “totally untrue.”
A different source adds: “Natalie couldn’t be happier in her current role.”
Curry, meanwhile, is expected to leave “Today” imminently, after a year on the job.
Oh dear. Happy, disgusted, disgruntled, elated? Who can really tell what is going on behind the closed doors of NBC whose wayward ways are certainly catching attention these days after the outlet’s less than stellar handling of the Ann Curry debacle.
It will be of course interesting to see how the other members of NBC’s Today show handle the re shuffle and who over the next few months gets to stay or who have little daggers start to mount silently behind their backs, hardly the chummy feeling that NBC could hope to evoke on their frazzled talent pool.