Katie Couric has publicly come lambasting NBC over their firing of former NBC ‘The Today’ show anchor Ann Curry.
Said the former co anchor herself (1991-2006):
‘I felt really bad for Ann. I still don’t understand why they didn’t give her sort of a proper send-off.
Ann did some extraordinary work during her time there. It was just not the best chapter in the Today show. It made me sad for the institution.’
What perhaps makes Ms Couric’s comments interesting is the fact that Ms Curry was effectively ungracefully hung out to pasture back in June and then again earlier this year when Matt Lauer effectively singed the death bell for his co anchor when he stated he would not be signing on for another contract should Ann Curry not be soon given her marching orders. The fact that Ms Couric has chosen to now voice her concerns has certainly raised some eyebrows.
That said, it’s understood Ms Couric will herself be launching her own new talk show ‘Katie’ (Disney-ABC syndicated) straight after Labor day on Sept 5 (could this be a subtle overture to get Ann Curry to come along?).
Offered Ms Couric at the time of Ann Curry’s final appearance as co anchor in June:
‘It really broke my heart this morning to see Ann, because I know she’s suffering and is feeling a lot of pain with this transition.’
‘I know that it’s really hard for everyone on the show. I still have a lot of great friends that I made over those 15 years on the Today show, and this kind of tumult is really hard for everyone.’
What’s noteworthy is the fact that Ms Couric’s latest comments come after a series of back to back comments disparaging her former employer NBC as well as CBS where she hosted the evening news for five years until 2011.
dailymail.co.uk: She said that anchoring the show left her feeling ‘constrained’ and that only by biting her her tongue and just getting on with it could she deal with the poisonous atmosphere.
With Ms Couric slated to make a whopping $40 million a year with her new show (not bad for a journalist, but then again define journalist?) Ms Couric’s comments could certainly strike observers as a cynical ploy to draw attention to herself and as a way to perhaps differentiate herself from the networks from where she got her first breaks. Then again it could also be a subtle feeler to perhaps get producers to take a chance on Ann Curry as a kind of co host with Kate?
Either way, since Ms Curry’s departure, the fortunes of ‘The Today’s show have continued sinking. Not that Ms Couric is paying attention…