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Ann Curry fired: Surfaces with new tweets, inspires more controversy.

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Ann Curry. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)
Ann Curry. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

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It seems American tv audiences are hardly ready to put behind them the debacle that saw long time NBC alumni and short lived co host, Ann Curry of the Today show publicly bludgeoned put to rest.

Perhaps sensing that her absence was painfully conspicuous the former anchor this past Wednesday went on twitter for the first time since June 22 to  tweet the following: “236 years old and just getting started. Happy 4th America. You are beautiful.” In essence reminding audiences that she’s a trooper (the $10 million pay off will certainly help to take some of the sting off) and that she’s had a moment to digest many of  the comments which have applauded her acumen.

What was interesting though was her under the radar response to a student who called her an ‘inspiration,’ telling them to ‘study hard’ because ‘this world needs great journalists.’ In essence reminding us (and one reckons herself ) that in the end she is a great journalist worthy of adulation and not necessarily the entertainment fluffer that so many journalists, bloggers and commentators are finding themselves being forced to be in order to curry favor with studio heads, advertisers who have turned the media paradigm from once compelling news segments to flighty tabloid regalia that titillates more than it provokes.

One supposes Ms Curry is slowly coming to peace with having being recently dragged through the mud and at the same time reminding us she is the real McCoy when it comes to journalism, something that she will get to prove again when she resumes her new duties at NBC as a foreign correspondent with a hand picked team (by her) of 7.

This of course touched a variety of thoughtful responses from huffintonpost commentators (which has always being the journal’s best and most well conceived draw) who it seems are also coming to terms with the changing media landscape, if not wearily then at least with some degree of reticence.

The comments below will enlighten. So what can we say about American media going onwards? As one great hard cover editor told me once back in 2oo2 when I asked him what the new cultural paradigm would be going forward he unequivocally retorted ‘tabloid journalism.’ Interestingly he no longer vigorously pursues his journal but has made gone back to the arts, as Ms Curry has gone back to rigorous journalism….

 

Oh please…he (Matt Lauer) didn’t get rid of Ann. These Stupid Networks have polling on each of their on air stars and if the polling in negative consecutive monthsthen they are thinking someone needs to go…they are not going to let the guys go…so the problem always has to be woman. I think Lauer looked really pained when Ann was making her goodbyes on the show. I think he probably fought for as long as he could, but that polling will send him home, and their is not much when the boss wants someone to go. Remember Lauer is talent and has a boss just like Ann. I had a friend who worked in a top market in television. It was a market that the networks mined for new and upcoming talent. So I learned about the hoops all on air talent have to jump through to survive. Ann had a long run and she wasn’t one of those silly girls they usually hire. I think she should be fine with it, bet she will love the independence in the end.

 

Ann is NOT the problem with Today. Letting her go is a symptom of the trouble. They could try getting back to actual news, or even interest stories, instead of being PR mouthpieces for entertainment and political figures. Naaah, NBC execs are the masters of their universe and they have all the answers.

 

You’re absolutely right, said this a few days ago:The problems the Today show has is that it used to be a credible news show, lightly interspersed with interesting or entertaining segments. That’s what the viewer base wanted. Instead, it has become some hybrid of a variety and talk show with little journalism. and the final happy hour is ridiculous. This is not an Ann Curry problem; it’s an executive management problem. Ann’s departure won’t change that.

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  • I totally agree. She will be snapped up and better appreciated. She is too talented for NBC!

  • wavyline

    Get rid of Matt Lauer and Capus. Unfortunately Savannah is… well my god, do you see another Paula Zhan happening??? Poor lady, she will be hosting a show on HSN soon. Ann was never the problem, the distinct arrogance of Matt Lauer has been driving viewers away for a long time. Thank god for Good Morning America!

  • sutphinsmiles

    Have not watched the Today show since the day they slaughtered Ann on Today. So long Today and Good Morning America! I know that when the dust has settled Ann will know that she has many many people on her side. She will realize that people loved her and the way she was treated is not going to be accepted. Yeah, they pull out of the slump so people watch the Olympics but after that, it will be Good Morning America again.
    I see it coming, egg on NBC big boys face and it will be well deserved. What they did to Ann is not right. If Matt was really behind this, he too will have egg on his face. My wish is that Natalie and Ann will slide into Good Morning America and NBC can kiss it goodbye. It will take them years and years to regain what they lost in a matter of a week when they decided to use sweet Ann as a scapegoat!
    What goes around, comes around! There is a civil way to do things. Remember the golden rule…do unto others as you would have them do unto you!
    Don’t worry Ann, you are 10 million richer and your future is bright. This could be a blessing in disguise!!!

  • Denisemeyer78

    I do not believe for one minute that the ratings slump was the fault of Ann Curry! Ann is a wonderful reporter and a beautiful person. If the ratings were failing, perhaps NBC should have looked to Matt Lauer as the reason…he has been on the show for such a long time that watching him is like wearing a worn out shoe! Also, perhaps the ratings slump had something to do with the decision of NBC to not renew its contract with Time Warner Cable. After all, if you annouce to the world that you are not going to renew your contract with your current network carrier and tell people that in order to watch the news program and a show that has aired in their living room for the past decades, they will have to switch to a different cable provider…what do you think people will do? Duhhh, they are going to switch to watching a program aired by their current cable provider! What a stupid mistake NBC! Ann…keep you chin up and God Speed! You are worth so much more than NBC could have ever paid you!

  • John Conners

    Steve Capus is a moron that does not realize it is bad programming…the Duggers and their 19 or so kids every other week, Octo Mom and her brood, Mandy Drury looking like a Times Square hooker reporting from the NYSE, Donnie Douche and the Professional Clown Circus, Paula Dean cooking death row last meals, and let’s not forget Fat Albert Roker. Jesus…thats the big problem. Then throw in a dose of Matt “the Nose” Lauer and you have the receipt for failure. But what does NBC do ? Capus, in a moronic moment, gives Lauer a hughe contract. WOW. And this guy leads a major news network. Wonder why the country is in the mess we are in ?

  • Candy

    Haven’t watched the Today show since Ann left. The quality has left the building. Nothing against Justin Bieber but what audience gets excited because he and Matt Lauer exchange tweets.

  • Barbara Kulukjian

    I have watched the Today show for years. Not anymore. The way the network and the disgusting Laurer treated Ann Curry was horrible. If I were her I’d go work for another network. NBC WAKE UP, your losing. Barbara form California

  • JJ

    Recently I looked at Matt’s education backgroud. It confirms my long suspicion. He essentially does not have a college degree until 39 yr old with working experience counted in.

  • Bill2345

    According to US Weekly, Matt Lauer was 100% behind Ann Curry’s dismissal as co-host. Ann was by far the best person on the Today Show

  • Anna Mom

    I THINK KARMA HAS APPEARED…THE CHILD’S DNA SHOULD BE TESTED….NBC EXECUTIVES FIRED…MATT LAUER….WHAT WOULD BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR A TRAITOR…WHY WOMEN STAY IN A MARRIAGE AND ALLOW MEN TO CHEAT…ANN CURRY YOU ARE A 100% BETTER OFF AWAY FROM THAT SICK ENERGY…YOU ARE A BETTER PERSON…LET THEM FALL IN THERE HELL HOLE….

  • KeenObserver

    In blind support of Steven Capus, NBC News President, the posture of NBCU/Comcast is silence, inaction, and indifference to the outpouring of viewer support for Ann Curry that completely repudiates the scapegoating by Capus.

    Capus was “crushed by a 670,000-viewer margin” on Day 1 post-Ann Curry. The ratings will only get worse for Capus. Ann Curry viewers to NBCU/Comcast : FIRE Steven Capus and bring back Ann Curry to the Today Show.