After the awkward announcement by Ann Curry herself this morning that she would be leaving the Today show as a co-anchor, it seems everyone has an opinion on the announcement video. In addition to Curry choking up while thanking viewers, it also had Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Matt Lauer sharing memories and goodbyes. It was a bit uncomfortable all around, to say the least.
Curry’s critics said her personality never really meshed with the more upbeat morning-news format, while her supporters say Curry was a scapegoat for NBC’s ratings woes. Many EW readers were quick to point out that this was similar to how Conan O’Brien was unceremoniously dumped less than a year into his own new contract with NBC.
In an interview with USA Today last night, Curry talked about the week-long open speculation about her job, and admitted, “I don’t know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they’ve hurt deeply.” She also shot down the criticism that part of the problem was her apparent lack of on-screen chemistry with Lauer. “You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years.” READ FULL STORY »