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Ann Curry Fired: More upheaval as passed over Natalie Morales set to leave Today show.

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Natalie Morales and Ann Curry

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It is generally thought to be understood that Ann Curry‘s position of co anchor of NBC’s the Today show will be formally given to Savannah Guthrie sometime today (rumors nevertheless persist that Hoda Kotb is still in the running) whilst NBC still iron out financial arrangements with Ms Curry who is keen to get a $20 million payout as her contract stipulated as opposed to the $10 million NBC are at present content to pay Ms Curry (how she if she chooses to exercise her contractual rights remains to be seen).

Yet that said, there seems to be a new storm in the clouds of NBC as frayed egos now begin to take center stage. Who it said might walk out now that she has been passed over for the role of co anchor of the Today show is Natalie Morales who insiders reveal is mortified that NBC executives have ostensibly passed her over not once but twice.

Reports the NY Post: “This will be the second time [Natalie] has been passed over for the top job. And she’s not happy,” a source tell us.

A NBC Universal rep had no comment on Curry or her replacement, but said the talk about Morales being disgruntled is “totally untrue.”

A different source adds: “Natalie couldn’t be happier in her current role.”

Curry, meanwhile, is expected to leave “Today” imminently, after a year on the job.

Oh dear. Happy, disgusted, disgruntled, elated? Who can really tell what is going on behind the closed doors of NBC whose wayward ways are certainly catching attention these days after the outlet’s less than stellar handling of the Ann Curry debacle.

It will be of course interesting to see how the other members of NBC’s Today show handle the re shuffle and who over the next few months gets to stay or who have little daggers start to mount silently behind their backs, hardly the chummy feeling that NBC could hope to evoke on their frazzled talent pool.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. I have met Ann Curry at a work event and hung out with her for two hours that night. How she has handled this whole thing with complete class does not surprise me. She is the nicest person and superior journalist (not to mention human being) to the likes of Lauer and will no doubt shine in other ways in her career going forward. Good luck Ann and yes, I have now swtiched to GMA out of disgust whereas I had watched the Today show exclusively before. Can’t stand the fake smiles of Lauer.

  2. I think OBama is bringing the show down. If there ever existed a true lack of journalistic integrity, it’s evidenced daily as each story is turned to either be a pro-Obummer spin or to use as weapons against his opponents, many who are just CITIZENS!! So when interviewing the England’s prime minister, Matt salivates over the minister’s use of the word “charasmatic” or some such synonym in describing our pee u, PO. Matt tries repeatedly to get him to call Romney stiff, but it doesn’t work, so he tries to go back to the “personality” of the “oh man” Oman. It looks weird. Whenever Matt can mention that Obama has called someone, he does it. I think he only has the athletes on so he can mention Obama’s self-serving calls to the athletes. I mean, sure, call when the Olympics are over, but to call whilst they are yet in the midst of competing can only serve to be a distraction. Not sure how it’s news that a president calls or that a CITIZEN is happy to receive a call from their president. Any good citizen would be happy to have been singled out by such as one, but it doesn’t mean they are thrilled with his work, so as an “endorsement” angle, proof that he’s “loved” is weird. Additionally, I’m glad Missy Franklin talked more about Beiber’s call than most talked about their “O” call, but it’s surprising she didn’t get an “o” call. If she did, it was so eclipsed by the “B” call, that it was hardly worth mentioning.
    So NBC’s ratings are going the way of the Obama presidency and campaign–DOWN THE TUBES!

  3. For a very long time I had watched Today – but only for the first half hour. After that it became fluff, celebs and other empty meaningless nonsense. I had always admired Ann Currie for her reporting and professionalism and yes her humility and honesty. However, after she became co-host, I felt that she had changed . In keeping with the nature of the show, she had to dumb down. It really saddened me to see her talents essentially going to waste. Matt sets himself up to be judge, jury and executioner. I think he is more comfortable with Savannah because she is not as competitive as Ann. I find it hard to listen to her very nasal intrusive voice.
    I have been fed up with NBC for quite some time. They read their scripts like the zombies that they are and push celebrities for news. I guess they have to distract us from really learning something about what is happening in the world.

  4. I couldnt have said it any better. I met Ann in person when I went to New York to watch the show. She stayed outside for over 2 hours saying hello to everyone one at a time. Matt was too stuck up and was sick of having to talk to anyone that didn’t matter. Go away Matt bring back ANN..We also love Natalie!!! Makes the entire show!

  5. NBC … listen carefully.

    If your ratings have tanked, there must be a reason. That’s true. But to assume it is the women? Really? You have gone through co-hosts like a hot knife through butter. If you need to fix the ratings, why haven’t you looked at the one constant …. MATT!!!

    Arrogance and bad acting is what he has to offer. His emotions are fake, and his personal life is in shambles. Is that who you really want your viewers to adore???

    Ann was the one who acted like a real person. When she laughed she was sincere. When there were tears, they were genuine. She never tried to look cool or clever or hip.

    That’s because she is one of us … real American women with real stresses and concerns over our very real families and the rest of our real communities.

    You think your ratings were down before. But I think those were just the good ol’ days. Your future is hazy at best.

    Grab a brain, NBC.

  6. Ann should be thrilled to be off that dopey show. Cooking segments where the hosts talk over the chef, celebrity gossip nonsense, and softball interviews, really??!! Take your $10M and have one hell of a vacation.

  7. If the people that thought Ann Curry was bringing the ratings down , I think they will soon see that a major mistake was made . She has such compassion for people . Maybe the exec’s need to fire Matt Lauer and maybe Al Roker if they are looking for change . Sometime when people see the same old people on a show for as long as these two have been on the show , the viewers need a change . Ann Curry helped the show , not hurt it.

  8. I too will be leaving the Today Show after 20 plus years of watching! Ann IS a class act. She really could relate to her audience and she is so compassionate….she touched our hearts day after day. Her humility on Thursday was heartbreaking. NBC will pay for this one dearly! I hope Natalie really does leave and it would be awesome if they both jumped ship and were hired by another network to anchor their morning shows….watch which station would take the ratings! I pray God would comfort Ann’s heart. She is loved and she is being supported. NBC will regret this one!

  9. Have watched Today show over any other morning show but will no longer watch. I have always loved Ann Curry, although, admittedly haven’t watched a lot this year. So sad to see her massacred on live tv. Where is respect for someone who has had a lot to do with the success of this show over many prior years. Very sad…

  10. Ann Curry carried this show in my opinion! She was always sincere, compassionate, and brought a human side to the Today Show. Ill be moving on over to Good Morning America. Ann Curry was the only reason I watched. Her and Al but I can see him on the Weather Channel. Should be bye bye Matt!

  11. Ann is one of the best journalist in the business. She is not one of the best co-anchors. I always felt she tried too hard.I hope now she will focus on what she is the best at. This change in her life is painful now, but down the road when she is doing great journalism she will realize it was good to go. I wish her the best, she is an incredible women.

  12. NBC got rid of the wrong person. Time will tell, Ann needs to go to another Network, she is the greatest.

  13. I watch the Today Show for Al, Ann and Natalie ! I think matt has been a downer ever since Katie Couric was around. I thought that Katie carried him. When she left, I thought “oh wow, they want Viera to carry him”, but to get rid of our sweet girl Ann ??? Has anyone thought to get rid of boring Matt ? Ann – I will follow you where you go ! I love you, Al, Natalie and Lester ! Lester and Ann – that would be awesome ! Get rid of Matt – he is a pompus @$$ ! Matt, it was great that you showed up and did the show for all those years and we appreciate it, but you told the suits to get rid of Ann ? If that is true – I would sooo rather get rid of you and keep Ann and Natalie ! I was just tolerating you because I thought you were kind ! NBC – we love Ann ! Move Matt to “Where in the World is Matt Lauer” 24 Hours a day and keep Ann on the morning show – I love spending my mornings with her ! Everyone is so awesome except for him ! Ann, Al, Natalie and Lester, you make my mornings rock !!! Everyone feels good in the morning except for Matt, he thinks he is better than everyone else – Al, Ann and Natalie make you feel good – we need that in the mornings in this day and time…

  14. whoever writes all the articles, is so annoying. You use way too many majorly descriptive run-ons to describe things. It’s just too much! Just state the news. GOOD GOD!

  15. We have always watched the Today Show, for years and years, but we will be leaving in support of Ann and Natalie. All that Ann has done for NBC and this is how they thank her. We will be shopping for a new morning news show; we have never watched any of the other morning news shows, we were always loyal to the Today Show, we now will be testing the other morning shows.
    Good Luck Ann, we wish you success in all your endeavors. Natalie, we hope you get out before they stab you in the back.

  16. Matt Lauer is a JOKE. No wonder NBC is imploding. First the Leno/Conan fiasco and NOW you get rid of Ann Curry and replace her with Savannah…… You pass over Natalie for Savannah……Have you suits all lost your minds!!!!! I have watched Today forever but I WON”T be watching anymore!

  17. by the way, nbc and all the hosts are way too liberal for me. they are not fair when interviewing or doing a story. i’m kinda sick of the whole show.

  18. Who really cares ? if i don’t watch this morning show, i’ll watch another one. today show is all about dumb fluff anyway this means no difference to me. i really don’t like matt lauer, he thinks his s–t don’t stink. i’m not getting any money………..

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