Why Did Ann Curry Leave the ‘Today’ Show on NBC?
After 15 years in “Today” show, Ann Curry finally bid goodbye to her viewers last Thursday, June 28, 2012.
“This is not easy to say but today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of ‘Today’. I will still be part of the ‘Today’ show family but I will have a new title and a new role. And this is not how I ever expected to leave this couch after fifteen years. But I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch,” Curry said.
Curry said it was not her idea to leave the show but NBC’s. The show is reportedly losing its lead in the morning-show ratings war with ABC’s “Good Morning America after holding the morning lead for more than 15 years.
“I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries. And my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved. There is no doubt that the rating wars have become meaner and less focused on our responsibilities as journalists,” Curry said.
This was confirmed when NBC News chief Steve Capus spoke saying that he thought Ann Curry had not been right for the job in many respects. He said he agreed with interviewer Marisa Guthrie that Curry had faltered in the cooking segments, movie star interviews and fluffy features that make up a large portion of “Today.”
“I think her real passion is built around reporting on international stories. It’s tough to convey a sincere interest in something if you don’t possess it … and you could tell with her, you can tell with any anchor, whether they’re into it or not. And I think we’ve now come up with a role that will play to her strengths,” he said.
“We gave her a year to prove herself, and ultimately we came to the conclusion that she had played at the highest level she could. When you’re in the major leagues of our profession, you’ve got to continue to be at peak performance in order to stay there,” he continued.
On Friday, NBC announced that, as expected, fellow “Today” host Savannah Guthrie would be replacing the position of Ann Curry.Get free updates directly to your e-mail from Showbiz Renegade. Just enter your e-mail below and confirm your subscription by clicking the link that will be sent to your e-mail.