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Maybe the worst moment in 50 years of the Today show: Ann Curry, in tears, explaining to the audience this morning that she’s been ousted from her role as co-anchor. Curry, who’s been scapegoated for the show’s poor ratings the last few months, explained–barely holding back tears–that she was leaving her job and getting a new role on Today and NBC as a roving reporter. She sat on the couch surrounded by Al Roker, Matt Lauer, and Natalie Morales, and apologized for being a “sob sister.”

It was just about the worst thing I’ve ever seen on Today. And that’s hard to explain considering the two crazy segments preceding–one with two very frumpy women and Al Roker picking their favorite books of the year, and another with some crazy sounding guy from “Consumer Reports” shouting at Lauer his choices of best and worst chain restaurants. Those two segments, which had nothing to do with Ann Curry, were more indicative of what’s happened to Today than anything with the departing–and extremely talented–anchor.

“This is not as I expected to leave this couch,” Curry said, in an understatement. “They’re giving me some fancy new titles.” She pointed out that the network likes to call the Today show hosts a “family.” Curry corrected that. “It’s you, the viewers, who are the Today show family. I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball to the finish line.” Frankly, she has nothing to apologize for. This was really an egregious way to handle Today’s ratings slide.

Now PS: Who will replace Curry? It looks like it will be Savannah Guthrie, who appeared moments later on the couch in her role as a co-host of the 9am hour. But stories that her co-host, Natalie Morales, is angry and will leave can only be partially true. Even if she’s angry, I’m told Morales has two more years on her contract and is resigned to her fate. There’s still a chance that Hoda Kodb will wind up with the job.

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28 replies to this post
  1. It’s to bad that you had or thought you had to let Ann go, you think your ratings were down before watch them now. Ann was the relatable one.
    Well, I’ll be watching another morning show.

  2. I really miss Ann Curry. I long for the sound of her voice more than anything. Ann, after a hectic morning getting my 3 kids off to school, I would relax with a cup of coffee watching the Today show while enjoying your soothing, calming voice. You were so beautiful to watch as well. My favorite was at night watching Dateline with you as the host because I would love to fall asleep afterwards with the sound of your voice in my head. I love your expressions, your compassion! I hope to see you and HEAR you very very soon. If you did a book on tape (any book) I would buy it!

  3. I personally Loved watching Ann every morning! Don’t let this decision change you Ann, You Are The “BEST”! I will no longer be watching The Today Show! Ann, you have lots of followers…..
    Shame on you Matt and Al….shame on you!

  4. I really can not believe this… I Love Ann. Rating are your on fault NBC!!!! not Ann’s. She’s been there for years, I liked the idea you didn’t get a new person for a change. I am beginning to not care about your show. And the funny thing is I do not like morning shows at all, but started watching yours about 20 years ago. Guess I will not at all now.

  5. Ann was one of the main reasons I continued to watch the Today Show year after year. NBC you made a huge mistake. I’m no longer interested in watching Today.

  6. Ann Curry was the ultimate classy star of the Today show. They do not deserve her. She is far better than that and she will go far. What a terrible thing to happen to a beautiful, talented, wonderful woman. And she will be missed. I will not watch the show anymore. She was its STAR******and will be a STAR****** again.

  7. I’m very upset that Ann was asked to step down, what a slap in the face for a very classy woman. She is very compasionate, brave, smart and gives her time unselfishly. I do like Savanna but not to be replacing Ann.And i dont even look up at the tv when Matt is reporting hes so full of himself!

  8. It was a BIG MISTAKE to take Ann Curry off the Tody show. She was genuine unlike soooooo many other people in the lime light. She connected with the audience. I loved Meridith V. who came across just like Ann does – sincere!!! Matt and Savannah are actors and I don’t believe a word they say.

    I would have continued to watch the show if Matt was fired and Ann was the top dog. Matt has a HUGH ego and it shows in everything he does. He thinks he is so much better than anyone else. If the producers and directors were doing their job they would get rid of the cocky and arrogant people that we the audience can see right through. I bet the ratings went down when Meridith left. Matt is the problem not everyone else.

  9. Idiots!! KEEP ANN CURRY!! She is the heart of the Today Show.
    “CAN MATT” –Matt’s ATTIDUDE comes across loud and clear — he could care less about being on air except for his huge multimillion dollar pay check.
    He comes across like Bryant Gumbel just before he blundered and left. NBC has idiots running the Today Show.
    Question: How many of you liked the cheerleaders in High School?

  10. I’ve worked in local television most of my life and I think I have a pretty good feel for talent. I’ve seen them come and go, especially when female anchors get too many wrinkles. Ann Curry is beautiful and talented and better off covering real news. Ann should thank NBC for removing her from a job any young, pretty journalist with some experience can do.

    I’ve watched Ann report for the past 15 years and would tune in to hear her report on a story over Matt. Love ya Matt but it’s the truth.

  11. The strength of the today show was there were no stars , they were a family that we viewers were a part of. Ann was a refreshing member of that family. I believe the people who should be fired are the directors and producers. The programming has deteriorated over the years to a mindless gossip format. Two segments that are most irritating aare “The Professionals” and Kathy Lee and Hoda.

  12. I am with all the long time viewers who loved Ann and I agree that firing her is unforgiveable. The Today show will not longer be my choice. Off to Good Morning America.

  13. I have been watching the Today show for 30 years +. I really don’t think that Matt has anything but love for ANN. He is probably just upset about the whole thing and hates the added DRAMA.

    The shows Platform is the problem! It is getting too same old, same old!

    Ann is a naturally warm person you can tell, because of that I think her interviews get to the heart of the matter. I love her special reports and I do think that having her do that is good.

    I think the Today show just sunk it’s ship. It should change the platform with the same people before removing people.

    I like Savannah and think she was a nice addition. Her interview style is good and direct. I think that the show should have all three of them, Matt, Savannah and ANN. They all should be specialized in their interview area and Natalie and AL keep doing what they do. I Think the change should be three achors not just two, change it up!! Be the one News show that sets the bar!!!! Think outside the box! You can, KEEP ANN! She is worth it, part of it and your audience has spoken, they want ANN!!!
    If staff changes are the key to Today’s success they should think about their writing staff! They need a fresh approach with some of the old style of news reporting.

  14. Ann has always been my favorite. Perhaps Matt is the one who should leave. Two have left in the last year that hint of problems with Matt. The news reports the lack of “girley”response to Matt from Ann. This is not l950! Women can be intelligent and not kiss up to the co-host

  15. ANN CURRY WILL BE SURELY MISSED BY THE VEIWERS I THINK AND AS FOR THAT MATT YOU COULD SEE HE REALLY DID NOT CARE FOR ANN WHEN SHE WAS TELLING HER GOOD BYES, I GUESS THE BIG BUCKS HE GOT FOR STAYING ON HE GOT WHAT HE WANTED BUT HE MAY BE THE NEXT TO GO BECAUSE IF YOU MISTREAT PEOPLE THE PAYBACK IS COMING AND MAY NOT BE WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING HE ALSO HAD MISTAKES IN HIS INTERVEIWS WITH PEOPLE. ANN YOU ARE BETTER OFF WITH OUT THESE PEOPLE GOD IS GOOD

  16. As a long time Today Show fan, I am shocked that the network can actually blame Ann Curry for their decline in ratings. Why not look at the programming. I personally am tired of the bland, no news, approach to all these morning shows. They seem to be targeting a very boring demographic. Who cares about TomKat and their divorce or Bieber and his fever. Those of us who watch morning TV have changed. We want news and stories more intriguing than how to make burgers or the latest diet or plastic surgery trends. Idiocracy –

    Good luck Ann!

  17. AS A LONGTIME FAN (50 YRS) OF THE TODAY SHOW, I AM SHOCKED AT
    THE RECENT REMOVAL OF ANN CURRY. SHE IS A CLASS ACT AND ALWAYS
    PROFESSIONAL IN HER REPORTS AND INTERVIEWS. IF NBC CAN LET HER
    GO IN SUCH AN UNBELIEVABLE WAY BY BLAMING HER FOR THE SHOW’S
    PROBLEMS, NO ONE IS SAFE. GOOD LUCK, ANN, I WILL MISS YOU AND WILL PROBABLY STOP WATCHING THE TODAY SHOW. WHAT A SHAMEFUL THING!

  18. I could not believe this news when I heard it. I have and always will believe that Ann Curry has the biggest heart, for everyone she comes in contact with. When she interviews someone she always does it in such good taste, especially if it is a “touchy/painful” subject…..she cares about people’s feelings, I think she was a great asset to the show, I think she has always been herself, not putting on any airs, just being Ann, and and I think the viewers can relate to her!! What is the Today Show thinking?? I will never believe she has caused the ratings to fall, NEVER! I will end my comment by saying that she is just a lovely person, inside and out! That is the personna I have felt she portrayed. She is a smart, smart lady and will come out on the high side of all this. And I do hope a comment I read about Matt Lauer “hating her”….that its not true. Cause I have always liked Matt, Al, all the Today family!!

  19. I have watched my last Today Show, Been a viewer
    For 30 yrs!! What they did to Ann, was DISGRACEFUL!!!
    All she has done for them, to not even put together
    Clips of her 20+ years.. What is wrong with you people!!!
    Ann, doesn’t need you!! I hope she leaves NBC all together!
    I am nobody, just a viewer, who is so ANGRY!!
    Good Luck!! Savannah, WATCH OUT, you will probably
    Be next!!

  20. I did not see any other outstanding talent on the Today Show.People who down others only do it to make themselves look better.

  21. Curry, ” extremely talented?” You’ve got to be kidding me. She can barely spit out the words and fumble her way through an interview. She’s about as quick on her feet as as a slug. The quicker they get rid of her, the better.

  22. I don’t know but the new job seems to be a better opportunity for her to show off her talent. Beside I think it would be more interesting then sitting on a couch with that idiot Matt Lyer.

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