June 26th, 2012
10:24 AM ET
Ann Curry has at least one empathetic celebrity willing to back her as rumors regarding her employment on "Today" continue to circulate.
Holly Robinson Peete, who was publicly relieved of her co-hosting duties with “The Talk” last year, jumped on Twitter to give Curry a social media hug following unconfirmed reports that NBC may be planning to replace Curry ASAP.
"Wishing Ann Curry so much luck in her future," the 47-year-old actress wrote on Monday. "Tough to be replaced so publicly after so many years... Good Luck Ann!"
Attached to Peete’s message of support was a link to a story that originated with the New York Post, which indicated on Monday that NBC is allegedly planning on paying Curry $10 million to vacate her morning show chair. CNN has reached out to NBC for comment on the reports.
Actress and media personality Peete understands what Curry might be going through, if reports are true, as Peete herself was let go from CBS' "The Talk" last September after just one season. At the time, she called the circumstances around her dismissal painful.
"Usually when you get fired, your boss brings you in, sits you down and tells you why they can't keep you," Peete told the Hollywood Reporter about the speculation that swirled before the ax fell. "They say we have to downsize or you're not doing this, you're not doing that. I was never given that opportunity."
Although a potential ouster hasn't been confirmed, Curry has acknowledged the show's poor ratings. In the August issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, she says, "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."
Curry has worked for 15 years on "Today," and was promoted from news desk to co-anchor in June 2011 when Meredith Vieira left the show. NBC has yet to respond to requests for comment on the speculation.
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