CNN To Ann Curry: No Deal [Report]
Ann Curry will not be getting a prime time gig on CNN according to several news outlets, and she may have to “settle” for continuing to collect a huge paycheck from NBC News for the remainder of her contract.
The conventional wisdom had it that new CNN honcho Jeff Zucker couldn’t wait to put her in the anchor chair on that network in some capacity but that apparently is an incorrect assumption.
According to London’s Daily Mail, the Ann Curry-to-CNN move simply isn’t happening:
“However, a source told MailOnline confirmed that while new CNN boss Jeff Zucker is a fan — he does not want to hire her, adding: ‘Jeff won’t pay $10 million for Ann. There is a lot of resentment now at NBC that she had her moment, she had her pity party — but she’s taken things too far’ …
“The source added: ‘Jeff is a fan, but there is no anchor role for Ann at CNN, there’s nowhere for her to go and she’s much too expensive.’ “
TMZ sources provided similar confirmation that Ann Curry is not going to CNN anytime soon:
“Well-connected network sources tell us … reports that Zucker is courting Curry to be the next CNN star couldn’t be further from the truth. Fact is, Zucker doesn’t believe Curry is the answer to CNN’s problems and is continuing the search elsewhere.”
The TMZ source insisted that Curry can’t carry a prime time broadcast and that may be why Zucker is allegedly not interested.
Last week, a report emerged that NBC News suits won’t allow Ann Curry to conduct live interviews and that all her on-air reporting must be prerecorded.
Do you think NBC News correspondent Ann Curry has been throwing herself a pity party after being ousted from the Today Show?