The reassignment of Ann Curry, one the most heartfelt and real co-anchors the Today Show has ever had, is a travesty. We deserve to know why this is happening. Ann Curry probably gave one of the most difficult news reports of her entire career this morning; that of her ouster and how those damn tears came out… It was never going to be pleasant and it has been generally understood that Ann Curry would at some point have to go public and basically admit that she has been thrown out of journalism’s most revered roles, that of co anchor of NBC’s the ‘Today show.’ And brutal and bitter sweet it was. Perhaps rueful might be the better word: “This is not easy to say,” Curry said at the start of her tearful announcement, “but today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of ‘Today.’” And she continued after a long pause: “this is not as I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years.” Curry’s voice then grew husky with emotion as the moment seemed to sink in, and her eyes filled with tears. “I’m going to have a new title and a new role,” she said. She addressed the viewers directly. “You are the real ‘Today’ show family,” She added “For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line–but man, I did try.” And then in the end, the ship faded out deep behind our view: “To all of you watching, thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me touch yours.” Could it be even more brutal than that? Even Matt Lauer generally understood to be one of the major authority figures behind the backstabbing of much revered Ann Curry couldn’t hide his emotions. Even if by now he has paradoxically gone from a beloved hero to a much maligned figure: “You have the biggest heart in the business,” he offered his eyes averting hers. “It’s not goodbye, not by a long shot.” a grim-faced Lauer said.
Ann Curry’s exit represents NBC’s most visible response to the popular morning show’s worst stretch in the ratings in nearly two decades. “Today” hadn’t lost a single week since 1996, but this spring it was beaten four times by ABC’s resurgent “Good Morning America.” Such are the bitter affairs of corporate media and the public that watches the fantasy of it’s news heroes go up in flames… Ann Curry fired: Officially leaving Today, to make farewell speech imminently. Ann Curry fired. Lap dances, grumpy fits and behind the scenes back stabbing… Ann Curry Fired: More upheaval as passed over Natalie Morales set to leave Today show. Ann Curry Fired: Ann haggling for $20 million exit money and NBC confirms Savannah Guthrie. Ann Curry Fired. Backstabbed by NBC. Ann Curry Fired. Refuses to take the hint now fed up NBC will go public. Ann Curry doesn’t care that she’s fired. “I’m here to stay!’ Ann Curry Fired: ‘Am I not good enough?’ Ann Curry turns up to Today show, acting as if she hasn’t been fired. Ann Curry fired cause NBC hates her. Matt Lauer re-signs with the Today show whilst Ann Curry is a goner. Ann Curry rumored to be fired because her co host Matt Lauer hates her guts.