Matt Lauer Behind Ann Curry’s Exit
Some sources have said that Ann Curry’s lack of skills during the cooking segments lead to her firing from the Today show, while others have pointed to the severe drop in the ratings.
However, after Ann Curry’s snub to co-host Matt Lauer during her on-air goodbye, sources have said that it was the lack of chemistry between the two hosts that lead to Curry’s Today show demise after 15 years reporting for the show. In fact, multiple sources have told US Weekly that it was Lauer’s hand who pushed her firing from the show, which made sense when looking back at Curry’s grimace as Lauer hugged her during her exit speech.
“Matt Lauer is 100 percent behind Ann leaving,” a source told Us Weekly. In the days that led up to her goodbye that would see her leaving the show she very much loved, Curry, 55, and Lauer, 54, “were really icy to each other, and she refused to speak to him all week.” Pointing out her goodbye speech as evidence, the source continues saying, “The body language was extremely tense.” On Curry’s final day on the Today show, a second source said it “was like a funeral in a way.”
Of course Ann Curry won’t be gone forever from the NBC family. Curry was signed a new seven-year contract that would see Curry reporting on passion projects all over the world, traveling to cover the best international stories with a crew of her choosing. During an interview with USA Today Curry denied reports that the lack of chemistry between the two hosts were the reason for a ratings decline, saying, “I just finished my freshman year as co-host. 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.”
Ann Curry’s successor is White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie who was put in the hot seat the day after Curry’s departure.