Looks like things could be getting dicey over at NBC as Ann Curry pulled a surprise move this morning by turning up to work when it was widely expected by insiders that she’d rather save face than attempt to come to work after a disparaging nytimesarticle was released (did NBC help in the timing of that article?) yesterday evening heralding the network’s ambition to replace the Today show co anchor.
Defiant and calm pressed Ms Curry turned up to work as the Today’s co host, as she has done for the last year, probably to the great surprise and consternation of NBC insiders and co host Matt Lauer who recently made it clear he would not sign on to the show (for another $30 million a year thank you very much as compared to his co host’s $2 million annual salary)if his co host remained. Nevertheless there she was prim and proper, mildly perturbed but nonchalant nonetheless ironically proving why she’s a seasoned media junkie.
The show of course went on as if nothing had been spilled on the floor which must have been quite painful and ridiculous for the Today team as well as viewers as finally the cat has been released out of the proverbial bag.
At present NBC producers are left wondering what to do with Ms Curry who it seems has decided to put up a defiant front despite been the subject of much rumors that the show’s ratings have taken a tumble due to her lack of slow wit and bad tea cup manners. Something that one wonders NBC must have noticed before inviting her to be co host as she has been with the network since 1990 and joined the Today show in 1997 as a news anchor.
It will of course be interesting to see if Ms Curry comes in to work tomorrow and what steps NBC will now take as they have clearly have begun to fill the sting of mud all over their faces.
Isn’t it wonderful to tune into a morning show not because of the news and the fluff it delivers but because of the venom and bad blood it tries so very hard to hide…?
ps Matt, for a second time, where do I send my resume again?