“Ann Curry refused on her last week of the Today show to even talk to Matt Lauer.” Insider reveals horror behind NBC’s Today show.
There may have been reason why Ann Curry on her last day of NBC’s the Today show was not too forthcoming with co host Matt Lauer as he leaned over to offer her his condolences.
According to an undisclosed source, US Weekly have just released an articlewhere it is claimed that Matt Lauer was 100 % behind Ann leaving,” something that may strike seasoned TV viewers and devout Today show fans as less than compelling indictment on the highly paid co anchor.
But the source goes further to say so high were tensions between the two (if was by now no secret that Matt Lauer had orchestrated Ms Curry’s departure at the show) that relations were said to be particularly icy and that ‘she refused to speak to him all week.’
Meanwhile the ratings jump that NBC had been looking for has of yet not materialized and might put considerable heat under the assertion that NBC were rash to get rid of Ms Curry.
hollywoodreporter: Preliminary Nielsen data has the June 28 broadcast of Today pulling in 4.31 million viewers, topping ABC’s Good Morning America by 180,000. And though it is a win for Today, that number was shy of the previous week’s average (4.49 million) and the significantly stronger second-quarter numbers (5.03 million).
As for Curry’s replacement, Savannah Guthrie’s first day on the job did not immediately help her series’ ongoing ratings battle with GMA. Fast affiliate ratings have the ABC show topping Today by 398,000 viewers on Friday — preliminary numbers give 4.41 million viewers to GMA and 4.02 million to Today.
Time will tell if NBC chose the right course of action, but judging from the above numbers it seems viewers are none too pleased with the way NBC handled Ms Curry and may have inadvertingly pushed away dedicated fans who were appalled by the supposedly ‘family’ channel’s behavior towards one of its insiders.