Ann Curry was never a favorite of mine on The Today Show. Just plain and simple.
Still, the manner in which NBC let her go was horrible and degrading. She earned her spot on that show by putting in the fifteen years and playing second fiddle to Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira. But, NBC only cares about money (as is obvious with the Olympic Games coverage) and when Good Morning America overtook Today in the ratings, her head ended up on the chopping block. To put the whole show’s declining ratings on only her shoulders is ridiculous.
Ann Curry is still employed by NBC, though. She recently covered the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. What could the next step be for a woman who asks the most obvious (and sometimes plain stupid) questions of people under duress? She has gotten a gig doing national and international news, which means more time away from her family and less time in the spotlight.
According to an interview done with Ladies Home Journal before she left NBC and things were rocky, she blames the fact that her fashion sense didn’t fit in and that she refused to dye her graying hair. Her first day on the job turned me off from her, fashionably. And that is saying a lot. She wore a hideously bright pink and orange dress that totally distracted me and probably many others. Still, she wasn’t thaaaat bad.
I commend her on not giving a hoot. You can’t really blame her fashion sense or graying hair for the show losing its edge, though. I blame Matt’s receding hairline, if that’s the way we’re going. Or Al Roker losing weight from cherub-like weather angel to regular-run-of-the-mill … man.
But, seriously, they probably could have forced her into changing something. Savannah Guthrie took over Curry’s position on Today and apparently isn’t that bad at it? She certainly dresses more conservatively.
The Ladies Home Journal has this excerpt of their interview they had with her and it shows her in a positive, feminist light.
What she’d change about herself: “I don’t always understand my worth. I think it’s a chronic condition for women. I’m not talking about professionally. I’m talking about in our personal lives. We constantly punish ourselves with degrading thoughts when we look at ourselves in the mirror. We allow people to treat us poorly, we allow our husbands or boyfriends to get away with things or we have relationships with girlfriends or colleagues who don’t treat us well. We don’t defend ourselves as we would our own children. Women have demanded and gotten better jobs and more power. But the one thing we deserve is a better relationship with ourselves. We waste too much time beating ourselves up. I think at my age of 55, it’s time to stop doing that.”
The Today show vs Good Morning America ratings war: “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. I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for. I think about the people who watch. They’re the ones who matter to me. I want to feel I haven’t dropped the ball when it comes to them.”
Not that Perez Hilton is a great source for honest reporting, but there was a person close to Curry who reportedly said:
“Ann feels completely vindicated by The Today Show‘s poor ratings since she left. She feels she was fired completely unfairly and wasn’t given a fair shot at the gig.”
Even though Today had the Olympics, Good Morning America still managed to keep up with them. So, it really looks like Curry was just a scapegoat. Which doesn’t bode well.
Should she have been axed?
EDIT: Apparently Al Roker insinuated that Matt Lauer threw Ann Curry under the bus recently. However, it just looks like people are reading more into it than is really true.