NBC Seeks Ann Curry's 'Today' Replacement
What a dismal co-host turnover rate for the past year NBC's "Today" has.
Just 14 months after succeeding Meredith Vieira as the 60-year-old morning show's co-host, Ann Curry looks bound for the alumni list herself. NBC brass are already setting Curry's exit strategy following a spring in which ABC's rival "Good Morning America" soundly topped its ratings for several consecutive weeks, The New York Times reports today.
Curry, 55, had previously spent 14 years on "Today" in more of a supporting role before taking Vieira's seat beside fellow co-host Matt Lauer. With the show worth reported hundreds of millions in ad revenue, the criticism has allegedly been on for months about whether she was the right fit. Anonymous sources also tell the Times that executives and Curry have been talking about her taking a new role with the network, with discussions to complete before NBC begins its coverage of this summer's Olympic Games in London.
"She got her dream job, and she doesn't want to let it go," one source claimed. Though her "dream job," it might not have best utilized her strengths. Curry is an experienced overseas reporter, with her passport reflecting stops in Darfur and Haiti. The Times speculates she may be stepping into a foreign correspondent capacity for NBC News.
The "Today" ratings loss to "Good Morning America" snapped the NBC champion's 16-year winning streak. No replacement has been officially named yet, though Vieira has reportedly said she won't be talked back onto the show. The show's 9 AM-hour co-host, Savannah Guthrie, has reportedly been considered. The Times also cites news anchor Natalie Morales as a potential successor.
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