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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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Thursday
Apr192012

"Good Morning America" Breaks "Today’s" Winning Streak

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It’s official: Good Morning America has broken Today’s 852 week long streak to become the No. 1 morning news show on television.

During the week of April 9, ABC’s GMA drew 31,000 more viewers than Today, marking its first full-week victory over NBC’s morning show since 1995.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood congratulated the show and thanked its viewers in an email to ABC News’ staff Thursday morning.

“First and foremost, we thank our GMA viewers and online audience — a loyal and growing number who motivate us every single morning,” he wrote. “All of us at ABC News salute the dynamic team at Good Morning America who never sleep and who care so deeply about the program.”

“We also thank our ABC network colleagues and our powerhouse stations and affiliates for supporting the program in so many ways,” he added. “Of course, we congratulate our friends at Today for the greatest winning streak in broadcasting history and for their excellence and leadership during this historic run.  It’s a special day for ABC News and, after a proper celebration 852 weeks in the making, we’ll get right back to work to be ready tomorrow to help GMA viewers start their day with a rewarding experience and big picture understanding of the world.”

Preliminary Nielsen ratings released Monday signaled GMA’s triumph over Today. That day, Jim Bell, the executive producer of NBC’s Today, congratulated the GMA team.

Today’s 852-week winning streak had taken on a life of its own and as odd as it is to see it end, we should acknowledge just how remarkable it has been,” he said. “So as we tip our caps to the team at Good Morning America, we can also take a bow ourselves and recognize the work done by countless staffers for so long.”

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Friday
Apr062012

Matt Lauer Signs New Contract to Remain on "Today" Show

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Forget all that talk of Ryan Seacrest replacing Matt Lauer on the Today show.

Lauer will remain with NBC's morning news program after signing a new, multi-year contract with the network, according to The New York Times, which spoke with NBC News President Steve Capus.  The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but TMZ.com is reporting he received close to $30 million per year.

Capus tells the Times, "Matt is the franchise, and our franchise player has decided to keep leading our team."

An official announcement is expected on Friday's edition of the Today show.  Lauer has co-anchored the morning news program since 1997.

There had been rumors that Seacrest may eventually replace Lauer as co-anchor on the program, since Lauer's previous contract reportedly was set to expire at the end of the year.  Earlier this week, Seacrest announced he will be involved in NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics in London.

It's still possible a spot may open up alongside Lauer, according to TMZ, which claims he no longer wants Ann Curry as his co-host.  Allegedly, Savannah Guthrie is in line to take over for Curry.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Ryan Seacrest to Succeed Matt Lauer on 'Today'?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- "I'm Ryan Seacrest and this...is the Today show."  The American Idol host just may have the opportunity to use that line on the NBC morning news program, as the eventual successor to co-anchor Matt Lauer.

The Wall Street Journal reports Seacrest met with NBC executives Tuesday evening for preliminary talks regarding a role for him on Today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the meeting was part of "continued discussions" between both sides.

Seacrest would potentially succeed Lauer, who's co-anchored Today since 1997 and who earlier this year was rumored to be considering an exit from the show in late 2012.  He's denied the speculation.

In addition to his hosting duties on American Idol, Seacrest is also a host and producer for E!, which is owned by NBCUniversal. His contract reportedly expires early next year.

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Thursday
Jun092011

Meredith Vieira Says Goodbye to 'Today'

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday was Meredith Vieira's last day on Today.

She bid farewell to the NBC morning news program after five years during what turned out to be an over-the-top celebration. Joined by colleagues Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, and Al Roker, as well as other NBC personalities such as Jimmy Fallon, she danced through the studio and outside to New York's Rockefeller Plaza to the sounds of Journey's anthem "Don't Stop Believin'."

Vieira said, "It's such a family and it's really hard to leave a family, so I'm not going to say goodbye at all."

Before the big musical number, Vieira was treated to a live performance by Carole King of "You've Got a Friend."  She also received special messages from Jack Black, Jay Leno, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

The 57-year-old Vieira replaced Katie Couric as co-anchor of the Today show in 2006.  She's stepped down in order to spend more time with her family, including her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.  Curry has been promoted to Vieira's position, with Today correspondent Natalie Morales taking over newsreader duties from Curry.

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