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Curry out as co-host of NBC's 'Today' show

By David Bauder

Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) — Ann Curry offered a tearful goodbye as co-host of NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, saying, "This is not as I expected to ever leave this couch."

Her exit represents NBC's most visible response to the popular morning show's worst stretch in the ratings in nearly two decades. "Today" hadn't lost a single week since 1996, but this spring it was beaten four times by ABC's resurgent "Good Morning America."

Curry's exit marked a stark contrast to the lengthy tribute shows given to predecessors Meredith Vieira and Katie Couric. She announced it during the final five minutes of her shift, ending a week of awkward television as she continued working after word spread that NBC was looking to oust her.

"For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line but, man, I did try," she said, breaking down.

Curry joined the show as a news anchor in 1997. Passed over for the co-host job when Vieira replaced Couric, she was given the chance when Vieira left last June. But her pairing with co-host Matt Lauer never seemed to click and she took the fall for the show's ratings troubles.

NBC's Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosts the 9 a.m. segment of the show, is expected to replace Curry.

Curry will remain at NBC News, saying she's been given a "fancy new title" to lead a reporting team. NBC said she will be anchor-at-large and national and international correspondent. Her work will occasionally resurface on "Today," and Lauer said she will be in London with the show for the Olympics.

He sat next to Curry, Al Roker and Natalie Morales on the couch as Curry choked back tears and apologized for being a "sob sister."

"It's not goodbye, not by a long shot," a grim-faced Lauer said.







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Publicbraddah wrote:
I really like Ann Curry. Classy lady.
on June 28,2012 | 06:11AM
gth wrote:
DITTO!
on June 28,2012 | 06:40AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I like Ann's sister Katsu.
on June 28,2012 | 10:10AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
She did not have the self confidence of a good anchor/host. She was not natural, seemed unprepared and her interviews were awkward at times. Nice person but not meant to be a lead anchor or host.
on June 28,2012 | 07:44AM
droid wrote:
If Curry seemed unprepared, that is the fault of her producer. An anchor is just a talking head reading copy off of a teleprompter. The producer’s job is to do the legwork and make sure their on-air talent is ready before the interview takes place. That being said, Curry will have a chance to redeem herself by being responsible for her own content, now that she is not tied to the Today show desk.
on June 28,2012 | 09:29AM
Oahuan wrote:
NBC sure knows how to take care their female co-host. First Jane Pauly was abruptly replace for a younger Debra Norvile and now Ann Curry for Savannah Guthrie. NBC has zero class. Matt is balding and over-rated.
on June 28,2012 | 08:12AM
DoraJoe wrote:
It should be very interesting to see the ratings drop even more. IF I watched, it was because of Ann, NOT Matt, and I know many other people who do/did the same. Agree that Matt is over-rated and almost BALD... they know how to hide it, but we all have eyes to see. If ABC offered Ann a job, they would have it wrapped up, but she should replace George S. I will watch Matt Lauer if Diane is off, but turn the station if George is on. Ann may not be anchor quality, but come on, I don't often have the time to watch morning shows. This is another reason to stop watching NBC! Good luck Ann, and I agree, she is a classy lady, and so pretty!
on June 28,2012 | 10:11AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
When he heard about Ann, her brother said "Like beef?"

Of course everybody responded that they do indeed like beef curry.


on June 28,2012 | 10:11AM
JBS wrote:
Ok your earlier Katsu comment was ok and brought a small smile. Should have stopped when you were slightly ahead.
on June 28,2012 | 12:15PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You know you liked it. You just don't want to be seen currying favor.
on June 28,2012 | 03:33PM
Papakolea wrote:
Very punny!!
on June 28,2012 | 07:17PM
capt_comment wrote:
If the Today Show is failing, it is not the fault of Ann Curry. They should STOP with the incessant and overbearing coverage of the Brititsh royal family (who cares?), the boorish 'Three Professionals' segments (Donny Deutsch is irritating), and everything Kardashian (leave it for the cheezy tabloid shows). The producer is ulimately responsible for the daily programming and he/she is the root of their ratings dive.
on June 28,2012 | 12:53PM
entrkn wrote:
NBC will probably replace her with the octomom...
on June 28,2012 | 12:57PM
kahalaopuna wrote:
I don't watch the TODAY show as much as I used to, but it has nothing to do with Ann Curry. I always thought she was wonderful and she exudes credibility in her news coverage. I stopped watching the TODAY show because there is too much food, fashion, and gossip on that show. It's not what I want to see and not what I remember from the days of Jane Pauley and Katie Couric.
on June 28,2012 | 01:20PM
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