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Ann Curry, love her or hate her, she's goneJune 25, 2012 @ 2:22 pm (Updated: 6:59 pm - 6/25/12 )
One of the University of Oregon's most successful Ducks is reportedly being offered a $10 million buyout to leave the Today Show.
Ann Curry, a 55-year-old journalist, signed a $20 million deal a year ago after she was named co-host replacing Meredith Vieira.
Now, insider sources from The New York Times to TMZ are reporting she's gone, though no one from NBC will confirm that.
The Curry settlement would be paid solely to her to if she leaves the show. Not bad, most of us would find a way to cope.
Curry's career started in Portland. She was an intern for KTVL in Medford. There she became the station's first female news reporter.
She moved up to KGW in Portland and made the jump to a network job in 1990.
For 15 years Curry had done everything she was asked to do and distinguished herself in several areas.
In the end, the knock against her seemed to be with her live interview style which was either too empathetic, or oddly detached.
The real problem is the Today Show ratings, which have slipped into a tie with ABC's Good Morning America.
NBC is expected to announce a permanent replacement for her later this week. Matt Lauer reportedly didn't like Curry, although he did a good job of welcoming her when she signed on for the first time as his co-host. He called it "an exciting new chapter" in Today Show history.
In an interview with the "Hollywood Reporter" earlier this year he said, "I love Ann. I’ve known her for 20 years. I think we have a kind of sister-brother thing, maybe sister-brother from different parents. We’re not at all alike. But I feel comfortable alongside her...Every team is different. And people need to give us a chance to be different."
Curry has a few parody and blooper sites dedicated to a her on-air flubs. Anyone who does live TV or radio has on air moments they wish would disappear. But does she deserve to be mocked. I don't think so, although one of our talk show hosts on 97.3 KIRO FM, Dori Monson, has made fun of her for years. What do you think of her?
I like her, but the reality in this business is that NBC has a bigger investment in Lauer. So given that the ratings are down, if he's unhappy she's probably gone.
Fan and Iraq veteran Stephen Crowley has started an online petition to keep Curry on the show, stating,"one of the things that gives me a sense of calm and certainty in life is Ann Curry's compassionate style of journalism."
Crowley writes, "Respect Ann Curry, cherish her. She is one of the best things you have going and to throw her away would be nothing short of a crime."
By LINDA THOMAS
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