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Friday
Jun292012

Report: Savannah Guthrie to Be Named New "Today" Anchor Friday

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Savannah Guthrie will replace Ann Curry on NBC’s Today show Friday morning, according to TMZ.  She will be anchoring with Matt Lauer, and they will most likely announce that she has joined the morning team in Curry's place.

Lauer is scheduled to be on vacation all next week for the holiday, and the network reportedly wants to make the announcement while he’s still there to show a united front.  

Curry said goodbye on Thursday.  She will now serve as a natinoal news correspondent for NBC News.

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Thursday
Jun282012

Ann Curry Says Tearful Goodbye to "Today"

Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ann Curry gave a tearful goodbye to the Today show this morning. Fighting back tears and with her voice breaking, she told the audience, “It’s not how I ever expected to leave this couch after 15 years.”

Curry confirmed the worst-kept secret in the TV biz: that she’s been forced out of her anchor position on NBC’s Today show. The surprising part was that today was her last day on the program.

Sitting beside Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, she referred to them as “family,” but, speaking directly to the audience watching, she added, “You are the real Today show family.”

“I have loved you and have wanted to give you the world,” she said.

Curry said that NBC has given her “some fancy new titles” and she will travel all over the world, contributing stories to the network, including on Today.

“I’m not even sure I can sleep in anymore,” she said ruefully.

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According to USA Today, Curry has signed a new multi-year deal with NBC News under which she’ll serve as a national and international correspondent and contribute to the organization’s many news programs.

Curry then thanked some of the people behind the scenes, saying “I love all of you.”

Perhaps the most emotional moment came when she referred to all of those “who saw me as a groundbreaker.”

“I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line,” she said tearfully.

Referring to her tearful goodbye, Lauer told Curry that she has “the biggest heart in the business and you’ve put it on display every single day.”

“Most importantly you made us better,” said Lauer, adding that Curry will contribute to Today during the Olympics.

Earlier, in what USA Today described as an emotional interview with the newspaper, Curry predicted that today would be a “bit of a tough day” for her, adding, “I’m going to have to tell our viewers. That’s what makes me more emotional than anything. I don’t want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them.”

There had been speculation that Curry is the reason why the Today show now finds itself in a neck-and-neck ratings battle with ABC’s Good Morning America after many years on top, but Curry denied that’s the case.

Curry also scoffed at the idea that she and co-anchor Matt Lauer lacked on-air chemistry, though she said, “In every single co-host’s first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone.” She told the paper that she didn’t think she was given enough time to work out those kinks.

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Thursday
Jun282012

Ann Curry Says She Will Say Goodbye to NBC's "Today" on Thursday 

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ann Curry has confirmed the worst-kept secret in the TV biz: she's being forced out of her anchor position on NBC's Today show.  But the surprising part: her last day on the program is on Thursday.

In what USA Today describes as an emotional interview with the newspaper, Curry says it will be a "bit of a tough day" for her, adding, "I'm going to have to tell our viewers.  That's what makes me more emotional than anything.  I don't want to leave them.  I love them.  And I will really miss them."

There's been speculation that Curry is the reason why the Today show now finds itself in a neck-and-neck ratings battle with ABC's Good Morning America after many years on top, but she denies that's the case.

She declares, "I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries."

Curry also scoffs at the idea that she and co-anchor Matt Lauer lacked on-air chemistry, though she says, "In every single co-host's first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone."  She says she doesn't think she was given enough time to work out those kinks.

Curry says the information leaks to the media over the past week regarding her status on Today have "hurt deeply."

USA Today says Curry has signed a new multi-year deal with NBC News under which she'll serve as a national and international correspondent and contribute to the organization's many news programs.  She denies reports that she was previously making $10 million per year as a Today anchor.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Report: Savannah Guthrie Formally Offered Ann Curry's "Today" Spot

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC appears to be one step closer to replacing Ann Curry on the Today show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Savannah Guthrie has formally been offered Curry's current position as co-anchor of Today alongside Matt Lauer.  Guthrie co-anchors the third hour of Today.

The Hollywood Reporter also notes that NBC executives are close to giving Curry a "substantial" role within their news organization.  The trade paper denies a TMZ.com report that Curry is trying to negotiate a departure from the network.

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Monday
Jun252012

Report: Giving Ann Curry the Boot Will Cost NBC

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If and when NBC reassigns Today co-anchor Ann Curry to another position, as has been rumored, it will be a costly move, network sources tell TMZ.

The website says Curry's contract guarantees her $10 million a year.  It appears that Curry will be owed that amount for each of the next three years.

TMZ also claims that the 55-year-old’s next job will be foreign correspondent for NBC News.

Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host of Today last June.

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Friday
Jun222012

Report: NBC Made Offer to Meredith Vieira to Replace Ann Curry

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Ann Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as co-anchor of NBC's Today show.  If the network had its way, it reportedly would've hired Vieira this month to replace Curry.

TMZ.com reports NBC offered Vieira a "big contract" about two weeks ago to take over for Curry, who is rumored to be close to losing her current gig on the Today show.  The website says Vieira rejected the deal because she is not interested in returning to the program.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that NBC executives have been engaged in talks with Curry to reassign her to another position.  Current Today show personality Savannah Guthrie reportedly is among the potential replacements for Curry.

Coincidentally, Curry appears on the cover of the August issue of Ladies' Home Journal, and she tells the magazine, "I've been at Today for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20."

In regards to the Today show's neck-and-neck ratings battle with ABC's Good Morning America, Curry says, "It's hard not to take it personally.  You worry, Am I not good enough?  Am I not what people need?  Am I asking the right questions?  When people say negative things or speculate, you can't help but feel hurt."

The interview was conducted before the New York Times report was published.

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Monday
May092011

Meredith Vieira Leaving NBC's 'Today' Show

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira confirmed Monday what had been rumored for the last few weeks: she's leaving NBC's Today show to spend more time with her family.

"After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I've decided to leave Today, in June," Vieira said on Monday’s show.

"I'm really sad because...for the past 10 years this has been my second home."

Vieira replaced Katie Couric as anchor five years ago when Couric left NBC to anchor the CBS Evening News.

NBC wasted no time in naming Ann Curry the program's new co-host. Natalie Morales will replace Curry as the show's news reader.

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