Ann Curry fired: Savannah Guthrie makes official Today debut, viewers flock in droves.

 

Ann Curry fired: Savannah Guthrie makes official Today debut, viewers flock in droves.

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Ann Curry may be gone and Savannah Guthrie may have officially taken on Ms Curry’s old role as co anchor of the NBC’s The Today show this morning but it seems judging by recent Nielsen ratings and vociferous reader comments viewers are flocking by the droves.

Sensing things are quite shaky, it was noticeable that the NBC this morning gave Ms Guthrie quite an extended hello, going out of its way to show greatest hit blogs, reflect on company tweets and to spend a few extra moments shining the camera in her sunny direction. Ms Guthrie for her part even joked that her new title was ‘a little unexpected, as we all know.’

Of course this morning’s new found bliss might have a craggy Matt Lauer smiling with his perfect tea cup manners for now but things behind the scenes are less than rosy. In the last few weeks ABC’s Good Morning America has tied back and forth with NBC’s The Today show, (this after handedly beating them since 1995) never mind the the disastrous drop off of viewers the day after Ms Curry’s ouster, which was completely anticipated.

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For now NBC executives will have to closely monitor the situation and assess whether with the presence of Savannah Guthrie the show can whip off ABC’s challenge or whether in the not too distant future it will have to eat its hand off as many commentators have alluded to in order to save itself….

Then again there was these 2 telling comments that even had me sit up and take notice:

I have watched the Today show for the last 30 years, as I see it Campus,Burke and Matt Lauer should be fired for what they did to Ann Curry I will not be watching the show anymore or until Ann is back and Matt is gone…

Steven Capus, NBC News President, arrogantly served Ann Curry viewers with “cold turkey” in a very distasteful way. This act of infamy by Capus will have the Today Show falling to last place in the ratings just like NBC primetime ratings. Capus continues to scapegoat Ann Curry in the media in defiance of the outpouring of support for her and viewer backlash. Stephen B. Burke, CEO of NBCU/Comcast, needs to FIRE Capus, apologize to Ann Curry and bring her back to the Today Show. Until Ann Curry returns to the Today Show, a boycott list consists of the Today Show, NBC, NBC affiliates, Comcast, Universal, GE, and People Magazine.

And from huffpo this morning:

Unfortunately, Matt Lauer is still there and that is reason I switched my morning viewing.

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  • cb

    As much as i love Ann. She got 10 million dollars. Thats more money than ive ever made times 10. So who is the real victim here? I am. And so are every one of the hard working Today Show viewers. And as interested as I an in this story. At a certain point, we have to realize that us in the 99% shouldn’t be fighting the battles for the 1%. I hope GMA beats Today, and I hope that tgey get even lower ratings with Savannah than they did with Ann. Nothing against Savannah. She was offered a job, and took it. But it is the aforementioned one-percenters Campus, Burke, and Lauer I want to see fail.

  • Joanne Renshaw

    There is definitely a “good ole boy” mentality at NBC. They are out of touch, out of step, and out of their minds. They did a bad job of analyzing the “problem” with their ratings and need to reassess the decision. I hope Ann does not come back to the Today Show. I hope she will have her own show, or preferably leaves NBC altogether, and lands a job on a net work that will recognize and use he talents! Matt’s reputation has been questionable for quite a while.

  • GK

    Ann Curry, she did all the hard stuff, Antarctica etc. She’s from the Northwest, our only representative. They don’t care about us out here, and if you don’t believe me just listen to Al’s weather report, repetitive, repetitive from January thru June. I hope Lauer gets lost on his next “Where in the world”. I’ll never know since I won’t be watching !!!

  • Se Lmiller

    ann curry has been there for years.. she has done a great job and i like waking up to her and the rest of the today show. i watched this morning and i have to say i’m not impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiffany.young.75491856 Tiffany Young

    The Today show ratings will continue to fall. GMA has a great group and energy. Matt doesn’t bring anything to the table.

    Maybe they should think about bringing Ann back with Savannah. Matt and AL are the weakest link!

  • Lucy

    Ann has been a wonderful co-host at least one you can understand. Savannah , l have a hard time understanding her talk, her words just roll. l say get rid of her and Matt and bring in fresh along with Ann , she made your show , her smile ,how pleasant she was with people that appeared on the show. What is wrong with you people getting rid of the best one?

  • Sam

    I think you did wrong by firing Ann Curry from the today show. I thought she was tops. I believe it is going to take more than that to get back to top ratings.

  • Bamuir77

    Ann Curry was the most boring talk show host. Savannah is a close second. I don’t see how they can replace Viera. GMA is much better (except for Lara Spencer). Good Luck! They’ll need it.

  • jRocks94

    Matt Lauer and his antics including this squeezing out Natalie Morales reminds me of an L.A. counterpart, Tom Snyder, and his way too big sized ego, and his antics with a younger coanchor, Kelly Lang, whom he edged into the job, and then could not handle her competency. This is an age old script — the aging, under-performing, lead male anchor who wields undeserved but existent power nonetheless over the network personnel decisions demands placement of a female co-anchor whom he views as no threat to him.

    How can Lauer in any parallel universe believe he can control Savannah Guthrie? Guthrie may look innocent, but she’s an attorney for God’s sake, and she has network reporting experience as well according to wikipedia.com. She can if it serves her purposes manipulate him out of the little hair left on his head — maybe.

    I won’t watch ever — as far as I’m concerned the suits at NBC always “screw the pooch” — that’s their best effort every time with every major decision, and it’s no difference in this time. Ann Curry was and remains a gem whom then treated like dust.

  • u_go_guys

    OMG. I cringed for Meredith when Matt would be cruel to her and she got a look of disbelief and was rendered temporarily speechless. Savannah uses an irratating “cutesy ” slurring (teasing) baby-talk voice. Matt is, and I suspect you are too, a sadist. Ann boring? LOL!

  • u_go_guys

    So eloquently said. I sincerely hope that everyone continues the boycott. Too bad we can’t have a similar national boycott, or something in that order, to pressure our leaders to act more responsibly and effectively on behalf of the United States instead of in the interest of themselves and their benefactors.

  • Monroedixie

    Ann has done a great job. NBC should be ashamed of firing her. I now am watching GMA. The producers should have been fired not Ann. It seems they are the ones who make the show. GMA has better stories and more anchors that are more appealing than NBC.

  • Kurious

    That is a rumor, it’s not true, and unfortunate that people such as you perpetuate rumors such as this. Sad. Make an effort at due dilligence before you ASSume.

  • Mary_Lakeland

    I am done also after about (30) years. They should be ashamed!
    I am getting used to GMA, and actually, I wish they would call Ann, LOL

  • NB109

    I have been watching NBC Morning shore end she w for many years. Just like sea waves I have seen many anchor come and go. Savannah may be good in the management eyes,but at the end she is not any better than Ann Curry, Let us see who is behind the DIRTY game.Few named Matt lauer ……is he a culprit for this game? NB109

  • Sam

    I have to go along with Lucy above. I have been watching NBC for years. Something big is going on that I don`t like. I don`t think Ann was the problem. Maybe someone else needs to get the ax to get the good ole Today Show worth watching again.

  • Gfede72821

    I agree. let’s use the method that the NBC executives use to kill the real news by using the ratings. STOP WATCHING THE TODAY SHOW!! this is your opportunity to start speaking out against the media that has sold us out. The have not given the information we needed over the past ten years. The issue of Ann Curry is just another sign of what is going on. The only thing they seem to car eabout is .the ratings. So you not watching the TODAY SHOW makes the difference

  • Eileen A. Hickey

    Ann Curry should be in a more serious position.I watched
    her every time when she took
    over Brian Williams place and I thought she did a great job.On NBC she tried to be funny
    and it did not suit her in my opinion I really think she did a great job being serious.

  • u_go_guys

    I disagree. She was not “in your face” funny. Sense of humor is a matter of taste – there is vaudville, laugh track, crude, lude, dry, etc, etc. She definitely was not “cutesy” like her replacement (tee hee hee).

  • Lucy

    I agree on that one , what an emabarrasment that would be for NBC to hire Ann Curry . I myself do not watch NBC anymore it was my fav station for years ,not anymore….Cannot stand Matt or Savannah