June 29th, 2012
03:03 PM ET
Savannah Guthrie officially replaces Ann Curry on 'Today'
NBC has made it official: After having Savannah Guthrie sit in Ann Curry's former spot Friday morning on "Today," the network has officially signed Guthrie on as the morning show's new co-anchor, along with Matt Lauer.
Guthrie, who joined "Today" in 2011 as a host during the 9 a.m. hour and also serves as the chief legal analyst, will make her official debut alongside Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales on July 9, the network said Friday.
"Today" executive producer Jim Bell said in a statement posted on the show's website that Guthrie was "a standout" from day one, "reporting for every franchise in the news division and rising through the ranks."
Bell went on to compliment Guthrie's "one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability," adding that "Today" show viewers "value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm."
Guthrie "can effortlessly go from interviewing the Secretary of State to jumping Olympic-sized hurdles on the plaza," he said, adding that he's "thrilled to welcome Savannah as our newest co-anchor, and along with Matt, Al and Natalie, we’ve got the best morning team in the business.”
This isn't a surprise, as it was widely speculated that Guthrie would take over Ann Curry's co-anchor duties after she announced her departure Thursday.
The venerated morning show has experienced sinking ratings and ramped-up pressure to compete with ABC's "Good Morning America," reports the New York Daily News. "Today" had been the top-rated morning show for 15 years until it nearly tied with "GMA" a few months back.
On Friday morning, Guthrie and Matt Lauer tackled a wide slate of topics. but neither of them spoke about Guthrie's new presence on the show.
Curry said Thursday that she'll now be reporting for the network and contributing to several of its shows.
Ann Curry's tearful goodbye: 'I'm sorry'
Ann Curry said goodbye to viewers on NBC's "Today" as she steps down as show co-host. CNN's Mary Snow reports.
Meanwhile, some of her fans are still upset over Curry's sudden departure after 15 years. The NYDN reports that online petitions have been launched to reinstate her, while others have taken to Twitter to express their dismay over how she was treated.
Many celebrities tweeted their encouragement on Thursday, as Curry apologized to her supporters for not being able to "carry the ball over the finish line."
"So sorry to see you go, @AnnCurry, we will all miss you," Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker," Patti Stanger, tweeted Friday. "Every time I did the today show, I wished you'd be the one to interview me. X0"
Ellen DeGeneres wished Curry the best on Thursday, tweeting, "Sending love to @AnnCurry on her last day at The Today Show. It's been a great 15 years. I can't wait to see the great things you do next."
Added fashion and media personality Nina Garcia, "Have to say that @AnnCurry is a #classact. Can't wait to see what she does next."
We do know a bit about what Curry will do next, as she explained in her farewell on Thursday that her new role will include working on larger pieces that will air on all NBC News platforms, including "Today."
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I can't stand this annoying, abrasive hag. She hijacks every interview with whomever she interrogates, and she has a Barbara Walters complex, i.e. she acts as if she's some hot s hit investigative reporter, when in reality, she's nothing more but another piece of as s that NBC thought would get viewers to tune in for. NOT. It's difficult, for example, to be on Dr. Conrad Murray's side on ANYTHING in the wake of Michael Jackson's death, but even when she interviewed HIM, I wanted to hit her in the face with a brick on account of her being so freaking irritating. It's as if she's channeling Barbara Walters-or attempting to–in matters of her own importance, and failing miserably. I actually had to laugh when she was interrogating Dr. Murray because I couldn't BELIEVE that they let HER interview him–I assumed they would have used a REAL reporter, not someone who was obviously hired as eye candy for male viewers and little else. I hope they fire her a$$ as well-at least Ann Curry was a bit more believable in the role of "reporter"; this harpy is little more than the fling of the moment at NBC. I was actually hoping they'd have picked Natalie–she's at least personable if not rocket scientist in the reporting department. Guthrie's fake grin nauseates me, and whenever she thinks she's on a "hot" interview with soemone controversial, the annoying questions she asks are always accompanied with this vicious grin on her face that shows her fangs, which look as though they've got venom dripping from them. I hope they can her butt soon.
i watched chanel7 , THE TODAY SHOW as far back as i can remember, now, there are so many changes, latest one
WILLIE. he is such a twit. i may start watching 4 or 5 , or no news what so ever.
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I've tried to give Savanah Guthrie a chance – watching her just now with those adorable dancing twins as she went on and on and on..... the twins were ready and she ran her mouth until one got upset. Then had the nerve to complain about how children difficult to work with.... what an idiot! Get someone with people skills and put her back with legal issues or whatever it is that she's supposed to be good with.
yes I agree, I don'tenjoy watching the show anymore....too much about nothing. Savannah is really obnoxious...in these times, people are struggling so much.....we need alot more about reality and what is going on in so many homes..the fact that they advertise so much about really expensive beauty products, really expensive meals to prepare...Christmas ideas...most people cannot afford these . They need to stop with all the frills and get real.
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I used to watch the Today Show on NBC for many years, dating back to the days of Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, and Katie Couric. I think Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker are all just fine, too. The problem is really with the management of the show, not the on-air journalists. The management has changed the focus of the show over the years. Little by little, the Today Show has morphed from the leading morning news program that it once was into something of a hybrid infotainment show. It's a shame because the truth is that Matt and Ann are both good interviewers. However, the management nowadays places greater emphasis on ratings than professional news operations, which leads to ridiculous management decisions such as the one to let a great journalist like Ann Curry go. I have nothing at all against Savannah Guthrie; she is smart, witty, and has a law degree to boot. But I think the management needed a scapegoat for sagging ratings. So they outsourced Ann Curry. My advice to Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, and others at Today is to look for other opportunities in television journalism and keep focused on hard news reporting. The Today Show, through no fault of the on-air talent, has become a shadow of the great news-and-interviews program that it once was.
More like ego-clashing... this show is worse than Fox News. A bunch of opinionated, egotistical a******s making WAY too much money, duking it out on live TV. It's unbearable, and Curry was terrible. Glad to see her go, and Matt could stand to go, too. Time to revamp morning shows into INTELLIGENT conversation and info, not star-licking, with a bunch of inane commentary by people who think they are funny... Glad I killed cable over a decade ago!
I agree with Sharon. Why in the world did you replace Ann Curry. There is nothing wrong with Savannah, but I enjoyed her in much smaller doses. Ann was much better with her interviews and showed more compassion. I don't watch the Today Show as much anymore, but it is summer time with more to do outside. Another mistake NBC made was to cancel Harry's Law. Why do you take off the good things?
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I have been watching The Today Show almost everyday since 1998 and am very disappointed in the way NBC treated Ann Curry. It was a cop out. You had to find someone to blame. Your show has turned into entertainment crap, not real news. I have nothing against Savannah Gutherie. I used to watch her on Court TV. However, I will not be watching The Today anymore.
If we are truly upset about Ann Curry leaving, boycott the sponsors of the Today show, I am, and I'm watching GMA. Thumbs down to NBC management.
I've been told NBC is recanting the Savannah announcement and her ascention. This whole week with Willie and Natalie anchoring, there's been no mention of Savannah. It's like she never existed.
yes yes yes!!! I am switching also, I miss Ann, since Gutherie has been on, it seems soo loud. It's everyone talking over each other. And that pre-school cooking show with the microwave that she did last week....oh are they serious? My sister and I were watching that with our eyes wide open in disbelief!!! I started to like Kathie Lee lately....instead ...so I know it's time to switch!!!!!
The President of NBC News said yesterday that he actually canned Ann because she failed in the boring, five times a day of torturous unappetizing, rushed, cooking segments! Really? I guess then he found the cookstress in Savannah who knows how to cream his spinach; hang his salami and cross his buns. Not to mention Savanah's prowess in whipping his potato; peppering his eggs; crossing his buns and warming his sausage. Savannah's cooking skills must make her the next Iron Chef!
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People can stop watching the sow to show their disagreement with NBC management. If the ratings keep dropping, they have to address the problem. Ratings also depend on format and content of the show. NBC can look at improving these two area as well. Ann had no control over these two aspects of the show.
For the first time I need to air my dismay with your unethical and irresponsible treatment of a valuable anchorperson, who has been part of your establishment for 15 years. A farewell announcement or a network acknowledgment of Anne Curry's contributions to the network would have sufficed and diminished the negative impact of her sudden departure. After 50 years of continuous tuning in to your station, I have decided to switch to another station now. I personally value loyalty beyond what numbers mean to a network. Good luck with your new anchor!!
ann curry looked better, dressed better, interviewed better, spoke better than anyone on Today Show, She was the lead, not Matt Lauer, she was better than him, a threat and he knew this. That is why Ann is gone. The Today Show is history.
Ann Curry is very classy. Replacing her with Savanna Guthrie will not raise the show's rating in my opinion. I hate listening to Savannah much more watching her "no class, bad taste" in clothing. She's not even presentable!!! My husband and I are not watching the show anymore since Ann left or was let go, I should say.
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Brisbane people . . . what on earth are you talking about? This blog is about NBC's ousted anchor, Ann Curry in New York City. You are out of line with your coded posts.
I am delighted she is gone. She was way to emotional, borderline condensending, when she interview other people. "I am so, so sorry that this happened to you..." That's what she sounded when she talked to people. And her body language did not help much either. She had this terrible habit of leaning towards the other person as if prostrating for forgiveness for not being there when whatever calamity had taken place. Great decision to let her go! I might go back to watch the Today show
Jose' obviously you were raised by wolves and as a child tortured kittens, and in your spare time, pulled wings off butterflies! Empathy is what Ann Curry exudes and what you apparently know not of.
I don't believe we were watching the same show.Sounds to me Matt was starting to feel insecure about his job. I'm going to watch something else. Ann we have watched you and loved you for many years. Thank you
I agree completely! Totally condescending, fake emotion, etc. She made me embarrassed to be American. Glad she is gone.
my dear friend you are so wrong ann was great at her job , you should be upset why they dont have any your people on the show, ann was easy to watch and listen to, better than the rest, there is to much food on the show, now a tall one ,a fat one and one who needs a wig or hair peace, ann was perfect-shame shame shame,.,,,
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Sorry to see Ann Curry be the one to go, do not like Matt that much and the rest are dingbats, Al Roker used to be okay now seems phoney, shame on the network, I am watch Good Morning America More and more, go and tune back into Kathy Lee and Yoda, they are holding the show together
Unfortunately, it is all about the ratings! Ann, you r a class act, honest, professional and not bad to look at! You r much more of a newsy as opposed to the infotainment the Today Show has become. Will be watching GMA! Best to u!
Guthrie must be wearing knee pads and have splinters in her forehead in order for her to have become The Today Show anchor replacing Ann Curry. She is straight out dullesville. Who on earth is making decisions at The Today Show...oh, must be the one the knee pads are for, Bell. Gawd, there's far better talent out there. I'll be watching CNN from now on.
Carmelle, did you mean, "splinters in the back" of Savannah's head, along with her knee pads?
Well NBC has done it again! First they don't renew "Harry's Law" and now they dismiss Ann Curry. She is a class act and unfortunately her replacement is not a journalist like Ann is. I had been a loyal watcher of the Today Show but after this insane act, I will now swith over to GMA even though I am not thrilled with those anchors. Way to go NBC!
Well, I'll say this: It didn't take but a hot New York minute for Savannah to get the NBC boys enamoured with her. Must be the knee pads! She beguiled and enchanted those in power, especially Matt, made them dump competent Ann for tongue-tied/speech impediment sounding, unsure-acting, nervous glare at the camera with that fixed, held-much-too-long-stare Savannah, with those wide paper creased lips, thinning wispy hair and horse teeth. Ann was much shorter than Savannah, but head over heels taller in integrity and intelligence than the one with the law degree. And, oh, if you pay enough to the right people, you can have the highest bar exam score too . . . or is it the knee pads in-kind payment revisited? Take that to the jury.
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Anyone see the Today Show Friday? There's Matt in his anchor seat with chair handles screwed way up, and Savannah, chair screwed down to the floor to make sure her head is not taller than Matt's in the sitting position. And STANDING on stage as Adam Levin performed, NBC execs made poor, plastic Savannah wear low-heel shoes, instead of her usual high-high-heels, to make King Matt appear to "tower over her." Boy, those Macho Men at NBC have some real "mommy issues" don't they? Since you've picked "Swayback Savannah" why not embrace her height? Really though, David Gregory would more suited with Savannah, about the same inches tall. Talking about insulting Ann Curry! No vignette of her Today Show highlights; no Cake; no Nothing! But, when Savannah turned 40, they went all out for her, great big ole cake, lots of funplay, kidding, jokes, laughter, glee, happiness . . . Everything sweet, dutiful, deserving Ann DID NOT GET. Does Savannah's boyfriend work for NBC? How terrible for Ann, how terrible for us who love her and wish her well.
I met Ann Curry a couple of years ago while in NYC on vacation. Super nice, genuine lady. I couldn't believe how she was treated by NBC. Watched GMA this morning for the first time. Loved it! I won't return to the "Today Show".
I will never watch that show again either. Will only miss Al Roker!
Oh... poor, poor A. Curry. She can't afford medical insurance, groceries, or gas in her car. WHATEVER will she do?
Wow..the only thing missing from the above screen shot, of the "new" Today staff, are vanilla ice cream cones, a plate of marshmallows and painted on SMILEY faces for the "hosts". This looks so fake, its sad. I really like Ann Curry interview style and intelligence. Her interview with Ahmadinejad was very enlighterning, I thought. You could also "feel" him wanting to let down his guard but not being able to. Ann will be missed in the mornings. Matt Laury should have been FIRED and the way it was done was so abrupt and crass. I've loss all respect for NBC and their on air moves.
So true! Looks like Amy Robach knew when to skedaddle from that sinking ship! I hope she is at GMA paving the way for Ann. Savannah: just pathetic. Worst choice EVER! Decent resume but she is lackluster, gargantuan, fake, plastic, staring, has terrible hair, and all with a most irritating screechy voice! I would rather hear fingernails on a blackboard. And Matt the Ratt, you too will get your pink slip one day! What goes around comes around. When you dig one ditch, you'd better dig two. Ann you will way too good for NBC's
Also known as the "deciders" and far more saavy than all who predated you as female anchor. Plus, you had common sense. And if we didn't know now we know: common sense ain't common!
We are so over intelligence or substance in this country!
They replaced a real woman with a mindless face – I for one will switch morning channels that I watch because, no matter what the situation is, Ms. Guthrie always has that fake pasted on smile on her face....try showing some real emotion and substance....now they ought to replace Matt Lauer with Ryan Seacrest so they can have absolutely no news cred on either side of the desk – just blind all vieweres with fake smiles
I wouldn't treat a dog the way NBC treated Ann. Someone tell me please, Whatever happened to the Golden Rule of doing unto others what you would have them do unto you? In the past, as modifications of on-air personalities took place, there were days and weeks of sweet and caring preludes to their send-offs. Magnificient, loving, well-wishing and honorable bon voyages, and rightfully so. But for Ann Curry, the MOST deserving: my my my!! NBC, you were most degrading, humiliating, and tremendously ignominious! NBC should publicly apologize to Ann, who was the real reson I watched The Today Show for many, many years. But no more. Last night, I set my Tvo to "series" record GMA. NBC-Tisk, Tisk, Tisk!! For shame to the ...nth degree!
I tried GMA this morning and it was a great show! i have changed networks now, I was getting sick and tired of Matt's arrogance in the show and they used Ann as a scape goat for a failing show ....urg!
Sorry the way the affair played out, and as much as I think Ann is a fantasic reporter I did not think she was the right person for the anchor seat and never felt that she showed she was comfortable there. Unfortunately I think that NBC has made a worse mistake with Savannah and will continue to see problems with the show. I think they really needed to look outside the network for some new blood.
Sorry this whole change was no surprise to me...my family is GMA since I was growing up the Today show with kathy lee and hota were reason enough to stay with the GMA family.
I'll watch the History Channel
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When NBC promoted Hanoi Jane, I'm took them off my remote. Way too biased. Couric was the worst but the whole channel stinks. They edit the news to twist it to support their leftist, liberal views. Kathy Lee and Hoda are pathetic. IQ's are too low to be entertaining..
I can't belive ....... bye today show I will go to GMA.
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I'm not a fan of NBC's Today because I'm a CNN addict. And I prefer watching Soledad O'Brien. However, I did enjoy watching Today for a few mornings. Savannah Gutherie is very attractive. She is smart, knows law and journalism and is absolutely gorgeous. I'm happy she is now a co-anchor. I liked Ann Curry too. I think they are all very good. Some things just weren't meant to be and I am certain that there are better things waiting for Ann Curry. 🙂
Just want to say I saw it coming from the first day "amazon lady" Savannah Guthrie show up. She literally over powered everyone on the show including her guest. It's hard to watch and very annoying. And what's going on with that hair it looks like and over used wig. While on the subject of hair I think Matt needs to stop trying to hide the fact he has none looks really bad all that color on his scalp. Maybe he's the one that needed to be replaced. I also want to say I have watched the Today show for over 20 years and after what they did to Ann Curry I no longer feel and obligation to watch the show, after all they have no obligation to there people after 15 years why should I. Don't get me wrong I like Al and Natlie but "Amazon Women" is more than I can take.
I'm so disappointed by the way Ann was treated. She had compassion and class. I will switch to GMA. Hello George! What were they thinking with Savannah? She s painful to watch.
Ann's dismissal was terribly disappointing. She has kept Today going in spite of Matt's stale demeanor. She could interview an world leader, talk summer books to read and then chat fashion. Completely warm and appropriatley vulnerable. Savannah Guthrie will NOT fill the void made by Ann or Meredyth. Our kitchen tv had already gone to GMA. The bedroom will now be Charlie Rose for serious content and GMA for levity and pop news. Today, you've lost the ballgame with this shortsided and not very civlized move. Is Matt REALLY worth it?
1990 all over again–when Bryant Gumbel was hot for Deborah Norville and Jane is dumped. Now Matt, head over heels for Savannah and Ann get the dump.
Ann will be missed 🙁 Im not impressed by how poorly this has played out.I much prefered her to Matt.....I will be watching GMA from now and predict many more will too. Good luck Ann.....
I loved Ann. I'm so disappointed about her leaving. While I don't mind Savannah, this was a terrible thing to do and after a decade of watching the Today show I feel that the only way to be heard is to make another morning choice. If the execs really felt they needed a more youthful perspective they should have ADDED to the cast. Instead they've taken out one of the few women in television these days that offers an example of respectability and grace that is truly needed. Raising four children it's important to me that they know the value of being respectable. NBC execs are clearly following the current popular trend instead of rising above it.
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this will backfire ont he today show . First on how ann was treated . second , Guthrie is a terrible choice. Even when she sat in she was terrible. I once saw her talking to parents of a missing kid and she was cold as ice . She has no personality either
Ann Curry was horrible as the host – she conducted terrible interviews, said goofy things that made no sense, and just seemed awkward in a lot of situations. She seems like a very nice person but it was painful to watch her do interviews. Savannah will be a nice change of pace – she's intelligent, witty, and pretty hot for her age.
Different strokes for different folks. I didn't like watching Guthrie when she was a reporter on local Tucson news, and I still don't connect with her. Time will tell. But I'm one of the viewers that no longer watches the Today Show. I tuned into GMA on Friday and really liked it. Hope you're right for Guthrie's sake, or she'll get the ax, too. I wouldn't be surprised if that happened.
Good Bye Today Show. Our entire family has signed off. Has it dawned on any of the NBC execs that Matt Laurer has passed his expiration date. Matt is awful! So long!
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While I like Ann, and though she did a good job as the news person, she lacks either the 'bubbly' personality of Katie or the aggressive wit of Meredith. In essence, she is a little boring, at least on the lighter subjects-her heart does not seem to be really in it. But don't feel sorry for her-she reportedly received $10 million.
Ann is a class act, and I think she will excel as a correspondent, especially when she does international work.
And Savanah, to me, is not the best fit either. I know she's intelligent, and athletic, but she seems stiff and nervous all the time.
Myself, I would love to see Jenna Wolf get the co-host position. Bubbly, very athletic, and intelligent-a sort-of brunette Katie. Second choice would be Natalie, third would be Lester, Hoda fourth, and Savanah fifth.
Sarah is a great talent.
Ann Curry has so much more integrity and heart and knows how to report a real story. Matt Lauer is an arrogant #$& that needs to leave his cushy setup. Time to get to the truth of the matter and get Matt out of there.
Lets face it Ann Curry was kicked off the show because NBC wanted Gutherie, she was kicked off unfairly, u know how these show are they smile in your face like they like u and as soon as they see something else they want they start making exuses to get rid of u, i advise is to never trust a network station always have in the back of your mind that they can get rid of u at any time for some one else , they act like they love u but they reallly don't never trust them, just get as much as u can from it then when that time come move on but always be on your guard with them, good luck Ann Curry in your next job.
Ann, you're the best. You deserve the best that life has to offer! I love you!
Hold onto your looks Savannah Guthrie. The moment you're not also hot (in addition to your legitimate, journalism credentials), you'll get tossed aside too.
Agree with you totally. If the Today show execs had any brains they would see that the show has evolved into 20 minutes of news that counts and then just another celebrity information show. I will now switch to GMA for sure or CNN. Matt the brat has had his way again. what a POS
I am done with the Today Show! I have been a faithful viewer for more years than I can admit too and after the way that Ann Curry was dismissed, I will NEVER watch again. Shame on you Matt Lauer! Such arrogance!
I have watched the "TODAY" show for years, but after what thay did to Ann Curry I will be watching "GOODMORNING AMERICA." Hope "GOODMORNING AMERICA" continues WINNING so the people that did this to an excellent co-host like Ann Cury will realize how wrong they were in putting all the blame on her.
Although i like Ann- she was a TERRIBLE host. Her interviewing tactics are terrible – she's overly dramatic and puts too much emotion into it. Savannah is good for the show, but won't survive as co-host. Bring back Katie- HA!
Sort of looks a bit racist dumping the Asian for better ratings....
the new bimbo looks just as fake as natalie morales......
GMA's cast seems to get along better, although all of those morning shows turn to fluff stories after the first 30 minutes or so. That's when I switch to an all news channel.
The Today "brass" have outdone themselves this time. How can professional executives behave the way they have? A sign of the times? Matt Laur is becoming an impossible brat-he interrupts everyone with his inane questions and has an arrogance that is insulting to his guests and a pain in the neck for the viewers. Double standards seem to flourish with this network. Not the good old days for sure. I watch Kelly at 9 and Hoda at 11 and that will be it for me from now on and too have watched faithfully for years.
I hope Gutherie can 'carry' Lauer like Couric and Vierra did. This is similar to Jay Leno being replaced by Conan and nbc found out the got rid of the wrong person. Lauer was the handsome foil for two very pleasant ladies. He tranformed to a not to handsome person in charge and being in charge is beyond his capability.
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When you come to tune in to gma you will feel a lot better
Matt is the problem...enjoy your $10Msettlement Ann you deserve it!
I liked Anne in the supporting role. She wasn't warm and sincere enough for the anchor job. I pointed that out to my wife on day one. Her Predecessors had charisma. She doesn't.
That being said, I was sure they were bringing in Jay Leno to replace her. 😉
This isn’t a surprise, as it was widely
Thank you Butch GUY 10000THUMBS UP! MATT THE GNAT RAT will NEVER be able to handle what's going to catch with HIM down the line .........KARMA IS GONNA GET THAT BALD -HEADED ALOPECIA BI+C#! ......ANN you will SURVIVE!
I have been a GMA fan since Katie Couic left. I cannot stand Matt Lauer. He is overpaid and arrogant. The GMA team are fantastic together. I love Josh. I cannot wait for Good Afternoon America to start airing in two weeks. Come on Today fans...come over to GMA...you will not be disappointed...I promise...
I agree with you. The GMA team is more like a family and Katie fits right inj. I expect good ratings for Good Afternoon America.
If NBC was going to get rid of Ann, couldn't they think of a classier sendoff. A cake. Some favorite clips...was there not a planning committee for her send off? What's with the shabby treatment? The only thing they didn't do was kick her in the guts! Pigs! Booooooo!!
I agree. When Meredith left, they went all out. Ann had been there for 15 years and all they gave her was less than five minutes.
I also agree. Although I really enjoyed Meredith as co-host, I have always appreciated Anne's sincerity. As I watched Anne's emotional departure, I felt deeply offended by NBC's decision to oust her. Now that I have learned about Savannah replacing Anne, I will gladly lend my loyalty to GMC. Savannah is so blah. Yuck!
Hey! has NBC read any of these comments? I have watched "Today" for over fifty years and have seen many changes (not all good ones) made by the head "bosses" . This last change really sickens me. I will never watch the Today Show again. Ann Curry was and is superb at her job. Hello GMA your ratings just increased by one!!
Wow. I think you all have lost your minds. Sure, NBC mishandled Ann's exit, but that aside, she was TERRIBLE at the co-anchor job. And it wasn't because she was "too classy" or too much of a "serious journalist." She was nervous, awkward and simply could not keep up with the rest of the team during unscripted moments. I seriously wonder if she has some sort of problem with anxiety. I have never seen a broadcast journalist appear so uncomfortable on camera. In my opinion, the fact that NBC kept her on in a different capacity was truly a gift.
You are nuts KCB.....Ann had been on the show for years before co-anchoring, and was superb....she wasn't nervous, and I did watch, so thanks for your opinion, but you are the one who's wrong. Her replacement is a knee jerk reaction and smacks of racism. They botched things all around.
I couldn't agree more. She should never have been promoted to that role. And her tearful, unprofessional display shows the network made the right decision. The woman makes $10 million a year, keeps her salary and gets handed a new position – and she's crying on national television? Plenty of average people are unemployed; she should shed her out-of-touch tears for them.
Seriously? That is harsh and seemingly inaccurate, especially compared to a poll that measured 83% of the respondents as booing NBC for ousting Anne.
You have no idea what you're talking about. Decades of watching these shows and Ann was a standout for anyone who wants a person who doesn't sell themselves out for ratings. If you have to make a fool of yourself or push your interviewees to hysteria for ratings then you shouldn't be on tv. Ann never compromised her good taste and respect for anyone...far more important than the non-issues, not that I never saw happen, that you're referring to.
Ann Curry will do well......its sad how she has to leave....but we will see and hear from her again. Matt and the gang.....they are not the 'bad guys'......they have to worry about their jobs too....they don't make those decisions. Ann is and will continue to be on a very nice journey and besides doing what she loves to do, she is paid very handsomely.The only thing wrong here is that she didnt get to go out on her own terms........
PS Remember Jane Pauley/Deborah Norvel???? I loved Jane but I sure felt sorry for Deborah!
Watch CBS with Charlie Rose, its GREAT!
CBS is great in the morning. I will continue with them and ABC too. I like the format and good interviews on with Charlie Rose and co – hosts. I was loyal to the Today Show but not anymore. Ann should not have been treated like that and I always enjoyed seeing her and Matt everyday. I am now disapointed in Matt. It is not a kind happy family -it is phony and unreal. I like Starr Jones on the show.
Matt Lauer is the new Steve Edwards.
SO WHAT! WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF! SHE WILL BE FINE WITH HER MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE BANK.
Who really cares! How does this effect your life? It is what it is!
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I wish Ann Curry the best. I am thinking about her because the way that NBC removed her from the Today Show has been very painful for her. She is a beautiful person and is better off not sitting next to a dog like Matt Lauer. The Today Show should look at their segments. I have noticed that, since they have been lacking in new material, they just rerun the stuff that has already been shown. This is unbelievable! Why didn't they fire their writers? Matt Lauer has gone on TV and lied to the public stating that he should be held responsible so why wasn't he fired? If Matt Lauer would have been replaced by Al Roker and Ann Curry was kept, that would have been a fresh new set of anchors. Al and Ann have very good chemistry. Perhaps Matt Lauer is sick of doing the Today Show, he just doesn't have the personality that he had since Katie Couric left. Perhaps the power has gone to his head. Also, the manner in which the whole thing happened with Ann leaving was so unblievable! I am so sick of Savannah Guthrie. Whenever there is a segment involving ANY legal issue, NBC calls Savannah like she is the only one on the planet that can make a comment regarding a legal issue. The way it which Savannah replaced Ann makes me sick!
I have always really enjoyed Ann Curry. She should have been Katie's replacement instead of Meredith (I never understood that decision either) and was so happy when she finally got the anchor chair. WHY Savannah? Natalie should be next in line. Savannah's voice/speech is very awkward and I just don't like her as a reporter. I am sure she is a lovely person, but she is not the person I want to watch while listening to the news. WRONG CHOICE NBC.
This is true! Savannah is not the best fit. I would much prefer to see Natalie as Anne's replacement.
Ann Curry was and remains a class act. Matt Lauer is the wandering eye guy. Keep them young and curvy and Matt will be right there checking it out. NBC did their usual TACKY job of handling a situation. This time I do think they will lose a fair number of viewers. The network should have help off a few weeks before slipping Gutherie into Ann's chair. I thought Gutherie might have more class and ask to delay the change being official but guess she is just another pretty face . . . I hope the ratings drop below ABC's morning show and stays there for the rest of 2012 so Bell understands that there is loyalty. He is another slimbag . . . NBC should have bought out Ann's contract and let her go make her mark with a network that appreciates her skill and professionalism, talent and honesty. May the roman candle of destruction pick NBC as its target and sent The Today Show to the clouds in one poof!
Come on America, it's time to make the Today shows rating sink to below CBS's. Watch GMA
I am totally with that! I will even watch CBS over this schlack. I am sure Ms. Guthrie is nice and all, but Honey, you are definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time here. Want to give Matt his perfect partner? Check the Muppet collection.
savannah guthries mad hot though
She looks like an amazon with an annoying demeanor and too many teeth.
Hello Good Morning America. Today should be ashamed of themselves.
Really? Do these people realize how silly they look at sound. The real world does not really care about these morning news people. They talk about nothing, and play commercial after commercial. There is not a person under 50 years old who watches these people.
Ann is such a sweet person and very birght, but she doesn't have .much of a personality. Savannah is boring to
me also, they need someone outgoing & quirky, maybe Sarah Palin! Matt is losing his looks, and becoming a little
boring also! 🙂 Remember what goes around comes around!
Sarah Palin, are you kidding !!!
I do not like Savannah – she has no personality..on some segments she can't do..especially cooking and crafts. Today show you made a huge mistake..your ratings will go down for sure. And you will lose viewers to GMA...I really like Ann Curry..so I guess I will say goodbye too the Today Show...I will be watching GMA..until you bring someone in with personality and can participate in the activities..
I have been a fan of the Today Show for 35 years. I will not watch NBC news ever again. You made a very STUPID mistake. I've been waiting since, Jane Paulie, to have Ann Curry become co-anchor with Matt. At the VERY LEAST she should be at the news desk. She is beautiful, intelligent, lively, adventurous, and respectful. What the hell more do you want? Look to your staff and story choices for blame. But, of course you won't do that because that would mean you must fire yourself!
I think what they wanted was quite obvious, News Anchor Barbie. NBC , if thats what you think America wanted (a new tv apartheid) then blow it out of your ratings.
Savannah Guthrie is not a stand out as claimed by Jim Bell. She attained academic accolades; however, she makes a lousy presentation...awkward and irritating. NBC has it all wrong! Ann Curry was outstanding and was treated unjustly. Matt Lauer is just so, so. The show is too looooooooooooooong. Two hours would be sufficient...minus Savannah Guthrie. The plummeting ratings were not Ann Curry's fault, and Ms. Guthrie is NOT the solution. Shame on NBC. Ann deserved better! Bring back Ann!!! Goodbye TODAY SHOW. Hello GMA!!!
I will not continue to watch The Today Show without Ann Curry. I must concur with the many others who suggested that perhaps Matt Lauer was the one who should have been given new reporting responsibilities instead of retaining his host position....he's is as much to blame for falling ratings as anyone!! Why not replace Lauer with a young, good looking up and coming reporter? It makes about as much sense as replacing seasoned journalist, Ann Curry, with a light-weight ingenue. Maturity and loyalty are qualities that are highly undervalued by the Today Show.
Raise your hand if you remember when The Today Show fired Jane Pauley! yeah, I remember it was the stupidest move ever, and it appears that they learned nothing from that mistake. People watch morning shows because the hosts are familiar, warm, and trustworthy journalists. Remember Katie Couric? She was there every morning, and I was glad to turn on the TV and see her. But in the last year every time I turn on the Today Show I see lots of unfamiliar faces that all look alike. Where are Matt and Anne? And now they solve the ratings problem by firing their one "stand-out" hostess? The producers of that show don't get it. And I won't even get into my anger that they clearly picked the female to fire instead of the male in this scenario.
I completely forgot to mention all the dumb, empty stories they've done lately. mind-numbing.
NBC put the last nail in their coffin by getting rid of Ann Curry . She brought intelligence, class,professionalism, kindness and compassion. I have nothing against Savannah Guthrie, but do not wish to watch a lawyer reporting the news. I want to watch a journalist. I will be tuning OUT the Today show.
Terrible decision letting Curry go. I hope another network offers her some respect. I used to watch the Today show fairly regularly. No more. NBC, that was pathetic!
Using low ratings as an excuse is laughable. Ann came on last summer as co host and TV summer programming are always low in general. And too pinpoint this issue to Ann is even more laughable. Coupled with the increasing of lame stories they have been covering ie Today show seems to cover what is going on virally these days. Like we are in elementary school. Savanah acts and reports like a 12 yr old girl. Ann's reporting is top notch, and she can go head to head with any head of state like when she interviewed Ahmadinejad. I too have switched the dial to ABC GMA for my morning news/entertaiment. George and Robin are a much stronger team than Savanah and Matt (good grief).
I think everyone including me is sick and tired of matt lauer. Ann should be proud and hold her head up high and in time the network will realize that she was not the change they should have made. I will not watch the Today Show anymore and look forward to seeing Ann get the credit she deserves one day at another network.
GMA , here I come.
Ann wasn't waspy enough this is to all you idiots that said a black woman would take her place NBC knows you're not ready for that.
Today Show Producers and Execs....From reading these posts. You people really screwed UP! Personally, I think you took out the wrong anchor!
You deserve whatever fall out you GET!!!!
I have watched Today since I was 5, so over 42 years now and Friday I switched to GMA.
A. Can't stand Matt Lauer.
B. Treatment of Ann Curry was awful.
C. Awful choice of stories on Today. Yes, video of father on roller coaster was amusing, but a whole interview with him and his daughter? Really? It seems like if someone wants a free trip to NYC, then post a funny youtube video and hopefully Today will call. Multiple interviews with hiccup girl? And giving Duggars interview space to announce pregnancy/or gender of child/grandchild seems inappropriate. Or having Kate Goselin talk about raising her kids while she is in NYC doing interview and they are all in Philadelphia with nannies.
D. Don't like it when Today will do a segment on how to make Halloween costumes ON Halloween! Every time they do those shows about tips to decorate/cook/costume they are always on that day! How about a couple days ahead of time to prepare! No parent waits until the day of Halloween to make a last minute costume! Kids have been talking about costumes for days/week ahead of time! Or showing us how to make Christmas ornaments on Christmas Eve? Like we already don't have a tree up with ornaments. Frivolous!
E. I really, really don't care about the reporters/anchors private lives. Watching Natalie Morales do gymnastics was awful! Who cares? An interview with a gymnast or a coach would be more appropriate. We really, really do not care who their favorite teacher/mentor is. Or what their typical day is like or what they look like without make-up. PLEASE, we really DO NOT CARE! You really can't fill time with more news/interviews with interesting people? Really???
F. Way too many cooking segments! I mean how many times can you show us to grill a steak or make sliders or a yummy salad? Way too many times!
G. Watched GMA on Friday and they looked like they were having fun! Robyn Roberts is wonderful! Very down to earth and she never seemed like she was pompous or out of touch like Matt does. This is 2012 and Today Show seems out of touch with demographics. All white people (and I am white) except for Al and all straight. GMA seems more 2012ish and the concert in the park looked like a whole lot of fun! Today show doing everything in the studio or right outside seems like they don't want to put much effort into leaving the building's premises.
H. And having Sarah Palin as a "Co-Host" was the worst! She was awful and no one could entrust her to do something by herself and Ann was by her side most of the time to help her. Good for Ann, but bad for Today people deciding Sarah Palin to be there.
I. Having Chelsea Clinton or the Bush girls do interviews are awful. Just because they were daughters of presidents does not mean they know how to interview. They look like high school girls interviewing someone, not like professional journalists.
J. So, finally, I don't expect things to be serious all of the time. Yes, Halloween costumes for reporters is fun. Do like Where is Matt Lauer, only not with Matt Lauer. Would have been really fun is Where is Meredith or Where is Al.
Ranting because I remember watching Today Show with my mom 42 years ago and feel like I am abandoning her by switching to GMA, but with awful treatment of Ann Curry, that was the straw that broke the camel's back. Replace Matt with Lexter Holt, bring Hoda in to do some interviews in the early hours, go out in NYC into other places to do some live broadcasts, and maybe, maybe, after 42 years, I will come back to Today. Other than that, Hello GMA!!!
Are you done? It's not that serious ma.
I agree with all of your comments! I am infuriated about this situation!!!! JUSTICE FOR ANN NOW!!!!
You are so spot on esp. with the cooking segments. They bring these people on and then rush them thru the segments. I haven't seen Chelsea but the Jenna Bush is awful and boring, I'm sick of the TODAY show telling you a segment is coming up and you don't see it till an hour later each time they announce it. Also, they kiss up to Donald Trump too much. I can't stand to watch when he's on. The Today Show should've scooped up TJ Holmes when he left CNN. He would've been a perfect fit for the show. Oh, and I don't like how they treated Ann too.
Wow. You really need to get out more. You know, and hang with real humans.
When I was growing up we always had the Today show on while having breakfast and getting ready for the bus to go to school it was fun and they gave real news back then. Then when I went to college I stayed watching it. But the past few years that entire network has just taken a huge dive. I could say sorry but I'm not they made the call it was the wrong one. I don't have one single reason to watch NBC any more. Ms. Curry had the one thing those clowns left will NEVER have CLASS!
I've never commented on any message boards but felt so strongly about what happened to Ms. Curry that I had to. It's a travesty that, after 15 years of loyalty and top-notch performance, Ann was given the boot as co-host. I will never watch the show again. Besides, it's been on a downhill descent for decades no matter the ratings. Ann was the shining star of the Today Show team, which has become mediocrity in action. You'll be sorely missed, Ann....
I have watches the Today show for most of my adult life. Watching how Ann Curry was treated changed what I will now spend my morning time watching. I can't stand Kathy Lee Gifford, so I stopped watching really when she came on. But Ann was my favorite. Classy lady, with style. She was always to good for them anyways. Never again will I watch the Today show. Bad move on their part.
Watch the "farewell" and was horrified. How Ann was able to get through that final broadcast shows true integrity. I always watched because of Ann and Natalie. I never warned up to Meredith and for years found Matt to be insincere. Tried watching Friday, made it about 10 minutes, couldn't take any more. Looks like I will be giving GMA a try on Monday. Will miss you Ann and Natalie.
all of them just sitting there and laughing like it was nothing.throwing ann curry under the bus. shame on them. GOODBYE TODAY, HELLO GMA! Adios!
NBC really wants a gay man opposite Matt. That would really up the ratings, and Matt would definitely be 'at home' with that!
Ann Curry & Katie Couric should start their own news program. That would bury NBC news
NBC is desperate! All they care about is ratings. The stories on TODAY for the most part have been so meaningless & trivial lately, that it has been hard to watch. Now they let Ann go. It's not Ann's fault for bad ratings, it's NBC's fault for bad ratings. I totally agree with everyone on the opinion of that schmuck Matt Lauer. He's a total jerk. NBC TODAY has lost me as a daily viewer. And now with the decision I was afraid of hearing....that Savannah Guthrie is taking over as co-host, well, I can't stand her! NBC, watch your ratings really plummet now!!
I totally agree. I have been a loyal Today show watcher for 40 yrs. They lost me as a viewer with the treatment of Ann. She desreved better and NBC threw her under the bus. When the story broke they did nothing. The quality of the show has been going downhill for many years as it has become The National Enquirer of TV. They spend very little on reporting the news and more on the flavor of the day: the Duggers, Kate Gosselin, Octomom etc. I think Matt is arrogant and Savannah is dull and annoying.Both of them have big egos and aren't very good interviewers. I will be switching who I will be watching. I will watch both CBS and ABC to see which one I will be watching. NO MORE TODAY for me
Ann deserved a better farewell same as MERIDITH, I hope another NETWORK OFFERS her a more WELCOMING OFFER she has too much INTEGRITY and DIGNITY to be affiliated with such a GRIMY NETWORK.THE fans she swith over to GMA for SURE NOW!!! SLIMBALLS will really fall to the bottom of the BARREL!!
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"Today" show is "Yesterday" show for me now...
Ann Curry was the reason I was still watching the show after Katie left, did not care about Meridith at all..
I have no more stomach for NBC and that arrogant Matt Luaer (another Braynt Gumbel)
I also stopped watching Brian Williams' Nightly news...since NBC seems to care about the ratings rather than a real news... Such a bad taste in my mouth that won't go away...
GMA that is the show I will wake up with now...
I too have abandoned ship. I'm 29 years old and grew up watching the Today Show but how they, especially that Rat Lauer, treated Ann was the last straw. He and the network stabbed her in the back and then twisted it deeper for good measure. Don't like how they treat women, I don't like how they have no loyalty to their employees and I hate Rat Lauer. GMA was my morning show on Friday and it will be for now on. Wonder who the Today Show will blame when ratings sink even lower?
Ann might have laid her dues and worked hard, etc. she was as dull as dory, stiff, wooden, and boting. I stopped watching because of her!
The only show I watch on NBC is the Today show. I have watched it for over 25 years. I watched it while we were stationed in Germany and then carried over to the US. I will not be watching it anymore. I really liked Ann Curry and felt she was unfairly replaced. I am a very loyal CBS fan except for the Today show and now I will leave the Today show behind.
I love getting up in the morning and watching Jane Pauley.
I have been a loyal watcher of the Today show for many years, however, yesterday's show has me questioning whether I will continue to be a loyal watcher. I was so shocked to find out that Matt Lauer was a main reason for Ann Curry to be removed as anchor. I, as many, thought the executives were the entire cause of her removal but after watching Ann's last show, it was clearly obvious that Matt was a main factor. Both my husband and I watched the video of Matt's final words to Ann and saw the scowl on Matt's face as Ann turned her face away from him. It gave us the feeling that Matt thinks he's the king of the show. Well, we along with many others, will not be part of his kingdom and will no longer be recording or watching the Today show!
savannagives me a headache. Try watching Morning Joe with intelligent people, actual conversation and important topics with humor thrown in.
Savannah isn't who I want to watch. She has no affinity with the viewers – and not much personality. I have watched the Today Show for years. With the exception of Deborah Norville, I have enjoyed most of their hosts, news desk people and reporters. Ann's 'transfer' stinks of bullying. I have heard that Matt Lauer was responsible for Ann leaving Today. Apparently he doesn't like her and was the one blaming her for the loss of ratings. It was amazing to me that she could sit there on the same couch with him while the backstabbing Judas sat there looking concerned. You nasty, insincere b**stard! I wanted her to turn to him and tell the truth about what a self-righteous @$$ he has been. But she has more class than I do. Ann has been the refreshing breath of air. Her amazing courage and fearlessness over the years has been awesome. I have admired her and will continue to do so. I am sure she will be successful at whatever (and wherever)she decides to land. Don't let them get you down Ann. As we have all seen, what goes around, comes around. I'm sure that you don't wish them all anything but the best but the universe will 'reward' them. Just ask your friend, the Dali Lama. I will be thinking positive thoughts for you and hope for your continued rousing success. Best of luck to Ann, and thanks to her for being such a warm & wonderful person & role model. She is a rare pearl.
just another biased liberal. good riddence. now as to getting rid of the entire show...that would be a blessing.
You're an idiot.
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Not all viewers are interested in looking at and listening to young, skinny co-hosts. Lately, I have wanted to change, after many years of the Today Show, to Goodmorning America but remained loyal because of Ann Curry. She had so much grace, integrity and heart. Ann Curry is what journalism stands for. I will miss Ann but not NBC because I am switching to ABC.
Ann Curry is a serious journalist and her talents were wasted on the TODAY SHOW. She should be working for PBS and doing serious, in-depth news reporting. NBC did NOT enhance its image with the shabby way in which they bade Ann "good-bye" from their morning show. It will take a lot more than a summer concert series and snarky comments to keep their ratings afloat.
U got it exactly right. I like the way she reports the news.
I bet one of the reasons Today lost ratings is because she wasn't doing the news. Today is abt family not one person.
Much rather see Ann up there than Matt! When she is there it means that all is well and as it should be. Boooooooo!!
Great journalist-Ann Curry! But, a miss as co-anchor w/Matt Lauer. She was nowhere near the spark that was added with Couric & then Viera. I look forward to the success of Ms Guthrie as well as seeing good quality in-depth pieces from Ann Curry!
For those of you that appreciated Ann and prefer that she remain on the Today Show, express that opinion by NOT watching the program. They DO track that. LOTS of other news sources.
For the first time in many [15+] years, I shared this morning's coffee and newspaper with Good Morning America, rather than the Today Show. My loyalty to that show ended yesterday while watching Ann Curry's goodbye. The way the network treated her was appalling and the lame bit of airtime they allowed for her departure was a sorry tribute for a faithful and longtime employee. I wish all the best and brightest for her.
And, yes, I realize there are bigger problems in the world - the economy, the Colorado fires, tsunami debris, blah blah blah - but - this whole thing has made me angry and sad on her behalf.
I have also switched to GMA. GMA is younger and the anchor's have more character.
The executives at NBC don't understand that their dip in the ratings aren't the result of something Ann Curry didn't do, it's because ABC's GMA has brought on to its show a number of people with whom America has connected for the past several years. That is something which NBC Executives failed to do. I fell in love with the Today Show all over again when I saw that Ann Curry was on it. She comes out as the kind of person you want to meet and listen to every morning. However human frailty has it that "somebody has got to be responsible for this dip,in the ratings". Therefore, instead of looking in the mirror, they pointed to Ann Curry. I think the creative side of the NBC executives brains is dead. From now on, I think I'll watch Good Morning America. Ann: take the money and run, you'll do well anywhere you go.
Why do we have an ugly bald-headed guy in Matt Lauer staying behind on a Today Show that is going down the dumper? NBC needed someone to blame so they picked Ann Curry, but that isn't the problem. Savannah is in for trouble since Matt is enough to single-handedly lose ratings. I'm watching CBS Good Morning.
Male pattern baldness is not something men can do much about. You might as well make fun of a person who was born with one arm. You are a lowlife troll.
Should have kissed biased, too cute by half Lauer goodbye.
We will now see Ann Curry doing what she does best. She's a class act and will be much better off in her new position. It's really hard to soar with the eagles when you're working with the turkeys! Matt is so arrogant, disrespectful and snarky.
For me, Today is yesterday's stuff. I'm off to GMA or CBS.
You mean yesterday's fluff. Nothing but fluff on that show.
Look at Savannah Guthrie's hands next time when watching her on the show. She is constantly nervous and uncomfortable as you can tell by the fact that she never knows what to do with her hands. Just look at them, she is always trying to hide them or do something to keep them occupied. Whenever I see her on the Today show I can see it on her face that she is constantly thinking about what to do with her hands. Just watch her next time and you will see it. So annoying.
I most certainly agreee with many other posts. I have beeen watching Today for 20 years now. I cant believe I am saying this but I will no longer watch the Today show without Ann Curry. She has done so many amazing things over the years and to replace her with someone who has only been with the the show for a year? Unbelievable!! Ann Curry is awesome but other than Al and Natalie I do not have enough reason to watch. I will be switching to another network!
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I am totally missing why Matt is being made the target – but I adore Ann – and this change is heartbreaking. I still miss Meredith!! But this does totally change the feel, and I don't like it as much.
Never been a fan of GMA, but that seems to be where they are headed...
Isn't that Amy Robach in the above photo? She left the Today Show too. Just what are they doing to the women on that show?? Ann certainly didn't deserve the way she was treated.
First, NBC totally screws up by putting that dumb-ass Conan on the Tonight Show (totally different type of humor), so I quit watching it (he's such an idiot). Oh, and NBC obviously realized they screwed up royally because they brought Jay back. NOW, NBC royally screws up again and fires Ann. Now I'll probably quit watching the show and switch to ABC. I have one suggestion to NBC: You need to change your leadership because THAT'S where the real problem is !!!
I must say, I watched The Today Show because of Ann Curry... Ann Curry and Al made the Today Show. Not the others... NBC continue to show how unprofessional they are as a News Organizion. WHAT A SHAME. Mr. MATT- remember that what goes up will surely come down... You did not stand up for Ann or else this embarrassement would not have to happen... Ann will get the last laugh when you Matt GOES DOWN... SHAME SHAME SHAME on nbc... Keep holding you head up Ann. Your true fans will always love you, including me living here in Toronto. God bless you dear.
While millions of Americans wonder where the money will come to fuel their car, feed their children, and pay for health, why do we even care about the lady who just walked off with 10 million dollars? Please.
I work to buy gas, feed my kids, and for my health care. Millions of americans are lazy and expect those of us who work hard to take care of them. Good for her and her millions. Crybabies like you are what is wrong with this country.
I was never a fan of any of the morning shows, I just sort of watched who ever had the best story on that day, but I have been watching GMA and will continue to watch it. I was and still am a fan of Ann Curry, so I wish her and her $10 million well. 🙂
I switched from GMA because i like the Today format better,GMA just got to silly so now I will just have my morning java with that old fashion thIng called the radio. Bye Bye morning TV.
Matt – you'll get yours. Your seed is sown and your show will crash. You ousted her b/c ANNE was not a white chick. Tsk. Tsk. sadness.
Can't stand Savhanna, she literally talks over EVERYBODY. (so rude!) I find her so annoying! I've been a loyal viewer of Today, but going forward, I'm taking my ratings over to GMA.
I am not in favor of anyone. However, NBC and Matt Lauer have dealt the situation badly. NBC needs diversication and to work on a method that will attract more and other morning show viewers.
Trash Today ... what a blunder between the way they let Ann go, who should have gone, but tacky way to let her go. Guys, look at all of the responses on NBC, TODAY, CNN, ETC., all the respones are negative ... and everyone will blow off today. Yes, Matt should have been the one to leave ... the show needs NEW, YOUNG BLOOD!
Lots of my community love Matt, his bf is a lucky guy!
Dont like to see Ann Curry treated shabbily. Matt Lauer isn't all that. Wish she would jump ship.
I can't believe the way they treated Ann on her final few minutes while she was saying goodbye to her fans. Matt is such a jerk. I can't stand him. He treated Ann like a stranger when she was saying her final tearful goodbye. Matt should have been the one fired. The way he treated Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart on the show was disgusting. He was so disrespful and rude. AL Roker is getting old. They need to replace him. He isn't his happy self anymore. They need some youthful men to replace AL and Matt. The show is going down. I will not watch the Today show again. NBC in general is the worst network on television. They don't have one decent show in their line up. The people who decided to let Ann go should be fired. She should of told them to Kiss off with their stupid offer.
I will miss Ann but not the shallow Today Show "stories."
Is it appropriate to drag so many grieving parents or spouses so we can watch them cry?
The Today Show has at best one or two real stories each day before it plummets into the morbid death grieving segments followed by silly celebrity books and finally ...cooking segments.
Ann is awesome!
The grieving and crying folks would not be on the show unless they agreed to come on the show. NBC does not drag anyone on the show without their consent.
Ive been wacking it to ann for years, love the asians.
"Venerated" morning show?
Perhaps "venerable". I certainly don't worship the Today show or any of the others for that matter.
Love Ann, and think Matt is conniving and arrogant, but really who even watches network television anymore? Its like newspapers.. Obsolete!
NBC arrogantly flexed corporate power misusing "focus groups" to scapegoat Ann Curry. Obviously, the "focus groups" never clued them into the outpouring of support for Ann Curry and the boycott that will slam their ratings. Instead of "focus groups," NBC should start using a ouija board.
NBC needs to identify and fire the serial leaker and apologize to Ann Curry for the leaks.
Accountability calls for heads to roll...Stephen B. Burke, CEO of NBCU/Comcast, Steven Capus, President of NBC News, and Jim Bell, Executive Producer of the Today Show. The buck stops with them!
ANOTHER HUGE MISTAKE FOR NBC...GUTHRIE WILL BE GONE IN A YEAR AT MOST. GMA HAS WHAT THE MORNING VIEWERS WANT. I WAS A BIG TODAY FAN BUT NO MORE. NBC MANAGEMENT JUST DOESNT KNOW HOW TO PICK EM ANY MORE.
Been a fan of the TODAY show for over 20 years. As of "TODAY", NO MORE... TODAY, I started watching GMA.... Good luck, and let's see who you blame next for your poor ratings.
Been a fan of the TODAY for over 20 years. As of "TODAY", NO MORE... TODAY, I started watching GMA.... Good luck, and let's see who you blame next for your poor ratings.
Curry seems very nice, but "nice" does not get it done. She was waaaay too "sweet" and emotional when interviewing, and it made me nuts when she'd break into a whisper when interviewing someone who had a hard time.
Nice lady.....just not a solid interviewer for news.
NBC made a huge mistake in letting Ann go. I've been a viewer since the Jane Pauley days, but it's time to change the channel.
Ann Curry was my favorite ! The other women on the show were good, but she was my favorite....I was so hoping Matt would move on....he is a bore...so long Today....
I am absolutely disgusted with how NBC has just treated an incredible journalist who has been so devoted to NBC. It is truly appalling and I just as sickend with Matt Lauer's smug face in all of this. He showed no empathy at all as she was trying to say goodbye. As a Canadian viewer my respect for NBC is waning. Ann Curry has better things to do and will be much more appreciated elsewhere I am sure.
Shame on you NBC!!!
I agree with you 100% I don't know what happend to Matt, but he sure changed. I will miss Ann and will change to another network.
I agree. Remember what they did to Conan? Never gave him a chance w/the show. Ann was treated badly. The person who needs to go is Matt..............he is evil !
They need to replace the TODAY producers and editors who come up with the dumbed down version of the news. That is what is really killing the show. GMA still reports the news that matters and shows respect for their viewers' intelligence. How many stories can we hear about treats for our pets???
I agree the material is pretty bad. In the past year the Duggars and Kardashian momager have been on at least 3 times! Why I ask you?!?!? The Today show spends too much time promoting their sister station programs which are pretty poor shows. Why not some better material, there is a wealth of good stories out there. They used a classy lady and real team player to be the scapegoat in Ann Curry.
agreed. I will not be watching TODAY show either. i would rather just listen to the radio.
All i see is blatant racism. Let's make the asian our foreign correspondant and get another cute white girl in here so everyone is comfortable with things again. Nbc execs have again proven their inability to lead!
Exactly what appears to have happened and it is not appreciated.....I think Ann made the show.....
So dissapointed with the departure of Ann Curry. She always made me feel like she really cared about her job and how it was done. The way NBC has handled this remind me of how tacky it is when someone walks out of divorce court with his new Love on his arm. Very seldom does it work out when your new "interest" is at someone elses expense. My many years watching the Today show has just come to an end. I no longer will support their program.
Let's see, NBC...Leno over Letterman, Leno over O'Brien, Norville over Pauley, now Guthrie over Curry.
NBC's recent decision fits with past decisions on who is right for their target audience. Ann needs to rethink
staying with NBC. There are far better jounalistic opportunities and companies that will truly value her talent.
Good bye and good luck NBC.
Boo, not a good choice.
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THis is not a HIT against Guthrie but I don't think she has the same presence or approachability that Ann Curry had, Ann had it when Katie was there and made a good match up with Meredith and Matt's tomfoolery in the morning. What NBC is missing is that people... most Americans... wake up in a grumpy mood with the thought of going to work the least exciting thing on their minds. When Meredith was there the chemistry between her and Matt was spot on but at times extremely UNPROFESSIONAL and a little annoying (I love Meredith and like Matt, though).
Ann balanced that out and then you add in AL and those 3 were like a click that wouldn't let Ann in because she was the "nerd". When Meredith left, Ann brought the maturity needed so that people enjoyed what they watched and also didn't feel like a grump for screaming at the TV at the gaeity going on with the hosts.
Now, it will be like the lecherous older men flirting with the pretty young thing sitting between them. Don't get me wrong, Guthrie is an amazing talent, journalist and interviewer, but with Matt and Al there "fist pumping" I wonder how long it will take before it's more like a frat party than a news show.
What ABC's good morning America has is a good mix of news, maturity and humor without the humor aspect taking over FULL TIME so the transitions from HARD NEWS to soft news to absurd news back to Hard news is even, adjustable and believable.
It will be good to see what the ratings do now that they can't blame them on Ann and Matt, with his 25 million dollar contract, has to own the SOLE RESPONSIBILITY for the shows failures.
god, write a novel why don't you? nobody wants to read all that mess.
I am now watching GMA in the morning. It's funny how the comments made by the executive producer could be said about Ann Curry.
I have been watching the Today Show for a few years now, I never thought Ann was suited for the Today Show. I thought her journalist integrity was too good for the fluff you air in the morning. Ann is a class act and did not deserve to be treated like this, I have always thought she brought life and compassion to all the stories she aired. Replacing her with Savannah Guthrie will not bring your ratings up, I honestly do not watch when she has cohosted in the past.
NBC, if this is the way you treat a loyal employee of so many years just for ratings, you will get yours in the end. Goodbye Today Show.
I agree with you. Today show sucks, the executives are morons, suck!!! Savanna can't save this show. She is cold, boring, I don't like her BIG MOUTH, FAKE SMILE..... I QUIT WATCH IT.
I refuse to watch the Today Show anymore. Ann Curry was a wonderful part of the NBC team. She will be missed. Hopefully she will tell NBC where to go and move to a network that appreciates her. I will follow her.
Ann Curie was the classiest person in network news. It's Today's programming that falls flat. Every day there are extended interviews of people who have some tragedy in their lives and get to be askef "How do yu feel"?
There should have been more of the real domestic and international news pieces that Ann is so good at.
After over 20 years of watching Today each morning, it may be time to look elsewhere.
Know where in the world is "todays" ratings
Matt Lauer needs a wig!!
Ann Curry was great on the Today show! She is smart and compassionate. She had nothing to do with the low ratings. The low ratings were caused by the poor content of the shows which were coming from the NBC producers and the NBC executives, and the poor performance of Matt Lauer. I already switch to GMA this morning (June 29, 2012). Best wishes to Ann!!
I think they left her go because she had a "heart". She was kind and compassionate and you could honestly tell she felt deeply with every interview she had. She will go on to better and bigger things. We have not seen the last of her!
I have been a fan of today for over 30 years. The heinous treatment of Ann currie has made me turn to gma. It is abreath of fresh air to say adios to smug Matt lauer
Shame on NBC. Once again the woman gets "booted". Ann Curry was a class act! I will no longer watch the Today Show. Good Morning America, here is another fan coming your way!
Never thought Ann was suited for that job but the way she was treated was beyond reproach – and replaced by Savannah? I cant imagine hearing that nasal voice and seeing those lips every morning. Bye NBC. Shame on you.
anyone who screams at a frog and run and disrupts a segmant because of a kangaroo gets BLAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! in my book NO more today show in my house. Good riddance !!!!!!!!!
I thought it was a mistake when Ann replaced Meredith – only because she is truly a journalist and has too much class to be associated with the kind of idiotic drivel the Today show is dishing out every morning. I always thought she was better anchor material than Katie Couric. In a way I am glad she is moving on -I was afraid her career would be ruined if she hung with a program that thinks that the Druggers or the suntanned Mom is news. She's a wonderful journalist and I hope she will now get to shine again. I moved over to GMA this morning because Savannah Guthrie is just annoying. I predict NBC is going down - and with the way they treated Ann, I'm rooting for tha to happen!!
Good point, JA. I've admired Ann Curry for years & think she's a smart, classy, experienced journalist. Not sure why she even wanted the Today co-host position since it was like putting a square peg in a round hole. The Today show is 90% fluff these days and now maybe Ann will be sent on some interesting news assignments, instead of sitting on a couch trying to act interested while interviewing shallow Hollywood celebs.
TIme to get rid of Matt.
Ann Curry was the main reason I watched the Today Show. Ann exuded warmth and caring as well as humor. What a slap in the face for people of color!! I will not be watching the show ever again! I will continue to follow Ann Curry and whatever she does. NBC should be ashamed!
Gail, I agree with everything you described. Ann Curry said she apologized for not being able to carry the ball past the finish line.......that's the only thing I disagree with. Ann Curry did carry the ball past the finish line, NBC should be ashamed of continually moving the finish line. I hope NBC realizes that it is difficult to keep a customer, once that customer leaves. Ann, we all miss you sincerely and wish you the very best. The TODAY show has lost me as a dedicated viewer.
Yeah, that makes sense. Replace Ann with some less-known Katie Couric looking hack.
Ann Curry you will be missed! I won't be watcing the Today Show until they get their act together! Loyalty is not significant in the ratings world...NBC is going down, down, down in ratings until they show the American people how important it is to keep good people like Ann over ratings!
Ann Curry is a pig
Your lack of intelligence,does not amuse anybody,go back to school,educate yourself ! What an idiot!
I too have watched the Today Show every morning for years. However, the last few years, I had been watching it with growing irritation due to the fluff and inane interviews. Several months ago, by accident, I tuned in to Good Morning America instead of the Today Show and loved it. It's not perfect, but 100 times better than the Today Show. I haven't been back once since that day and don't intend on going back to the Today Show.
Oh boy dull and duller. I will keep watching GMA, George and Robin have chemistry. Blaming Ann for the ratings drop was stuipd. Have they actually watched their golden boy lately with his lame series where is matt lauer? He should be gone!
I couldn't stand her. Glad she's gone.
I had been looking for new morning show to watch for a long period of time THE TODAY show just was not getting it for me! I will not watch THE TODAY SHOW for these reason They treat their gifted employees terrible, the show is boring they say the same script everyday and when Matt Lauer was on piers morgan he said the same thing about Anne Curry she has a big heart if you are going to fire someone in the public eye the bosses at NBC should have kept their lips zipped but they just signed Matt back on and gave him the choice and he should have kept his lips zipped!!! Good Luck Anne Curry!!
I have watched the Today show for a few years, but, lately I have become very disappointed in its content, I think they should get back to news and do away with everyone who does something and gets his/her 15 minutes of fame. I did not
particularly care for Ann Curry's approach but I think that she was treated unfairly. Matt Lauer and Al Roker sat there like statues when she was trying to get through her good bye, they certainly did not act like gentlemen. She was a lady to the end working while her world was coming apart and showing how professional a person can be.
Ann should head over to the CBS Morning Show where they are giving the news and not only do fluff interviews. Good luck to her and I hope S. G. does not get the job–will not watch TODAY anymore.
I am sure that Ann Curry is a nice person, she sure seems nice on air, but it was painful to watch her doing interviews or interacting with anyone on the show. Her questions were long-winded and convoluted and by the time she was done talking, the interview was over. I cringed everytime she would assume that soft, "comforting" voice and then ask some lame question like, "Can you share with our audience what it was like to watch your father burn to death? It must have been terrible for you as a 8-year old to watch such a horrible thing and I can't even imagine what was going through your young mind as you stood there and watched the flames engulf him and to listen to his screaming. And I understand that your mother was there as well, but that your parents were divorced which makes thtis tragic tragedy even more tragic. And you were standing so close to the fire that your own clothes started to smoke from the hot heat of the flames. That must have been a terrible day for you and for your entire family as well, not just you but your mother and brothers and I understand that you have an older sister but that she was estranged from the family so she couldn't care less which is tragic but I quess that happens all the time. But still, knowing that you didn't speak to your father and knowing that he died so tragically in such a tragic way, you know burning to death and all. Quickly tell us what that was like ..we have 10 seconds left."
Wow that was good!
I love her, however, this is exactly how the interview would go....I watched her on a segment and she would say things that were not well thought out. This young man was adopted and referred to the adoptive mother as "my mom", she (Ann) turned right around and said your adoptive mother again....I was thinking...."did you not hear him" He went on to explain that he never refers to her as "adoptive"...wishing her well in her journey!!!
Funny!! Made me laugh aloud!
Spot on and freaking hilarious! Ann deserved better treatment but she was incapable of completing a coherent interview from start to finish. Soledad O'brien is my choice to replace her, but I knew that wasn't going to happen when I watched on Friday. They already had Savannah in flats instead of stilletos so she wasn't towering over everyone! I am giving up on morning news all together. It's all so cheesy and horrible.
Exactly! Stepford interviewer.... horrible HORRIBLE newscaster... cringe-worthy, at best. The entire SHOW needs to be revamped, but good riddance to her!
Ann Curry is not the issue here. Matt Lauder is losing his hair every day and the few hairs left are gray and this is the reason why I do not pay attention to whatever he is saying because I am just looking at his head. Matt needs to go. He does not have the look anymore. Bring somebody young, vibrant and with a lot of hair. The weather guy is too old. This is not the look again. He needs to go. The lighting of the set is not the best. The decoration is poor. Get rid of the person in charge of the lighting and the decorator. And ultimately, get rid of the director of the program because he or she was not able to see all of the issues that I just mention. And, if they think that bringing a bleach blond lady is going elevate the ratings they are wrong! I changed to another channel where I can see women of color, handsome man and diversity.
Curry was the classiest and most professional part of the Today show. I've been watching Today since Brokaw/Pauley/Gumbel and I could not stomach the thought of turning on NBC this morning after what they did to Ann. They have lost one more viewer. I agree wtih the other commenters that she is too good for the fluffy show this is. The too-short time for each guest is the problem, and the content is the problem. Ann was not the problem, and they will find that out. What an embarrassment that they didn't even give her the week-long sendoff that everyone else has earned from that show. Having her there one day and gone the next is just awkward and embarrassing for everyone, shameful, disrepectful, and the elephant in the room.
Did we not go though this in the 80's and 90's with Jane, Deborh and John ? This time with Ann. All good people.
Sure they still had jobs,or money that's not the point.These people are public figures that have private lives as well.
Humiliated and sad.! that's what happens. They loved there jobs.Sure Matt looked good this morning with two
younger women,but can they diliver and how long before they are replaced? seems NBC has problems. Oh! by the way
what's up with the cooking and mudain segments ? It should be a two hour show and more news. O.k. I had m say.
Think this is a really bad move by NBC. Sounds like many loyal viewers switched their channels today like I did. I think NBC might have just lost a whole lot of users all on their own. I actually enjoyed GMA today and plan to continue watching. Ann may have not been a fan of everyone, and business is business, but the way it was handled was terrible. I feel the show needs a total overhaul both in staff and programming. Think Ann will do well in her new position. Appreciated how she cared about her stories and interviews.
Matt Lauer = Glib.
NBC clearly hasn't learned anything from its mishandling of Conan O'Brien, given its disgraceful, shabby treatment of Ann Curry. While I'm not a big fan of Curry's (I never did think she was the right fit for the Today Show co-host job), given her 15 years of loyal service to NBC, she didn't deserve to be cast aside so disrespectfully. And I don't like Savannah Guthrie a all; besides acting like a schoolgirl, she seems to have some sort of speech impediment. Not what you're looking for first thing in the morning! NBC is on the wrong track with Today.
And did anyone notice that NBC and Today lost Amy Robach? She was the highly charismatic weekend anchor with Lester Holt. Personally I thought those 2 made a great team, and I enjoyed watching her. Now Amy is reporting for ABC. Another bad move for NBC. I myself have moved to GMA as Robin Roberts and Sam Champion do a great job, and GMA's format is a million times better than Today's.
Give it a rest people. Ann is a lovely woman but was a total bore & overly animated at times...to the point that she appeared affected. Ratings rule folks. Welcome to the real world!
Maybe you think Ann was a bore but that is no excuse for the way she was treated!
NBC: The way you treated Ann Curry was disgraceful. This is the way you treated a very loyal employee??? Hoda (sucks), KLG (sucks), Savannah I can't stand anything about her, Matt (arrogant, egotistical, over inflated, not worth his salary). I will never watch the Today Show again. I have watched it everyday since I was small child. I'm 45 now, and am glad to kiss the Today Show goodbye. I hope their rating drop in the toilet where they belong.
Best wishes to you Ann. Loved watching you every morning. I will also start watching GMA. I must say, I too, am getting over Matt and the others talking over guests and the conversations about the Kardashians, Lindsey Lohan etc.. Who care's about them???!!! Talk about self absorbed !!! Good luck Ann.
I love Ann Curry. Savannah doesn't project any warmth. Just thin lips!
I'm shocked and disgusted that Ann Curry has been let go. I believe she was one of the few genuinely nice people on TV. Time to dump Matt Lauer, he comes across as full of himself and phony. Now that Ann's gone, so am I after many years as a loyal view of the show. Shame on you NBC. Good luck, Ann
Terrible decision, and Ann Curry was the only thing other than Al that is going for that show. The show this morning was really bad, Guthrie just doesn't work.
I can't believe they'd replace such a class act with someone who sounds like she has a speech impediment. I enjoyed Good Morning America this morning though. I like George much better than Matt.
NBC, have you lost your fricken' mind?? Just another example of idiots with ties making decisions for the American people. I thought we had enough of that yesterday. Going to GMA until you can get your $#&% together. Love you Ann Curry!
What goes around, comes around. You reap what you sow. KARMA and all those other philosophies will catch up with boring Matt Lauer. Why NBC thinks he is worth millions of dollars is beyond me. It's apparent that he had everything to do with her being demoted. The TODAY show isn't worth watching anymore, anyway. The stories are ridiculous, not news-worthy. I viewed Good Morning America today and will never watch the TODAY show again!
I did not see yesterday's TODAY show. However, the story was shown on the evening and late night news. I was SHOCKED to see a tearful Ann Curry gracefully saying good-bye to the viewing audience. SHAME ON YOU NBC executives!!! You have demonstrated, once again, what is so utterly lacking in society today – LOYALTY. Ms. Curry has given TIRELESSLY of herself for 15 years – undoubtedly no easy task! Then you reward her loyalty with firing her! What's worse, you want to blame TODAY'S sagging ratings on ONE individual. RIDICULOUS!! Having been in the workforce for over 25 years (on the same job), the thought that there "is no 'i' in the word 'team' seems to have been ignored in this situation. NBC, as a TEAM, is responsible for this debacle. It is UTTERLY IRREPREHENSIBLE to place the blame on Ms. Curry's shoulders! NBC is going to have to find some big shoes to fill Ms. Curry's spot on the couch. Best wishes to Ms. Curry in her future endeavors – ever graceful and professional who will be sorely missed!
could not have said it better.! so i will leave it at that........
Bad move, NBC. Ann Curry was the best thing going for the Today show. Way to throw another woman under the bus rather than improve the quality of your programming. Ann didn't cause the ratings dip; all the fluff and filler, like "Today's Professionals", is what caused ratings to go down. I think that NBC is really going to regret their decision – especially if Savannah Guthrie becomes the next co-anchor. I've tried really hard to like her but she is so know-it-all and interrupts everyone, and I won't be able to take her on a daily business. We'll miss you, Ann!!
I don't think it's the people on the show that are giving it low ratings. It's the FOOD, constantly! Maybe once a week. Get rid of the boring topics. Other competing shows have news worthy topics and more interviews, keep it not to long and then I think the TODAY show will reinvent itself. As far as Hoda & Kathie – has beens, I shut it off!
NBC lacks integrity. If Savannah does too she'll take the job. If she wants to do something good for her career she'll look for another job. Shame on NBC.
Matt needs to go!
I'd watch Today if they started off next week with an on air gender test for Hoda. Talk about an unknown!
matt can't compete with Robin and George, they actually have personalities!
Samatha plus matt equals DULL!!
Natalie Morales should be the replacement. Love watching her. She seems to have a better fit. Savannah is too opinionated when doing a story, and cuts too many people off when interviewing them. She likes to get her point across. Not a good choice NBC.
Shame on NBC execs .......... YOU and only you are reaposnsible for the low ratings on Today. Ann Curry is the best thing that ever happened and you didn't have the sense to realize it. You all need to lose your jobs today!! What a stupid decision and what an awful way for grown men who are suppose to be intellegent to act. As of yesterday morning I will never watch Today again ........ and that seems to be the feeling of 95% of the people who have written here today. GMA will soar in the ratings .............
I agree 100%. I did not watch the Today show this a.m. and will not. NBC does not deserve Ann Curry and they don't deserve my viewship either!
I think the ratings would be better if you covered more sophisticated topics and guests. Justin Beaber...really?!
Ann Curry was a class act and a natural. I will probably stop watching the Today Show as well.
I did NOT watch the TODAY show this morning.... I'm switching over to GMA.
NBC execs have screwed up royally now. Ann Curry was a class act.
So sorry to see you go, Ann. We will miss you terribly.
This is in reply to Theresa... I agree with you 100%........ NBC puts ridiculous people on the TODAY show, like Justin Bieber, Kate Gosslin, Octomom, Chris Brown, Lindsey Lohan and her Mother, Rosie O'Donnell, etc., etc., and they can't keep a beautiful, smart, classy lady like Ann Curry on there???
they have lost me as a viewer!!!!!
I agree with you Toni. I too will switch to GMA. And I just might boycott NBC nightly news (even though I do like Williams).
Ann will be successful in her next endeavor because she is a woman with class who gives 150% to any assignment she is given. I hope that NBC takes the time to read the comments from viewers, not just here, but on other websites. Earlier, I saw almost 2500 posts from people who said that they would no longer watch the Today Show. If not bad enough that Ann Curry was demoted, it was the embarrassing manner in which it was done. People have mentioned that there was no send off for Ann. Considering that it wasn't her idea to leave, a "party" would have been even more distasteful. I wish her the best of luck in her future ventures.
NBC really fumbled, again, with humiliating Ann on the air and having no send-off after 15 years on the show.
Ann may not have been co-host material, but it could have been dealt with much better.
They should expect a fair amount of backlash for stumbling so badly.
It is not surprising, considering how badly NBC has managed to screw up their prime time hours.
I DON'T like Savannah Guthrie! There is absolutely no chemistry between her and Matt Lauer – NONE. I will never watch the Today Show again if Savannah Guthrie is sitting next to Matt Lauer!
Hey Matt – do the show along, you are great! Just sayin.........
Any show that fires someone like Ann Curry but keeps the obnoxious and talentless Kathie Lee Gifford has a problem and is not a show worth watching anymore.
I agree with what you said about Kathie Lee Gifford............ I don't EVER watch anything with her on there, with her obnoxious laugh... here and Hoda are a strange match.
Ugh to NBC..............
Shame on NBC, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker. Ann Curry's class placed her on a level that obviously neither the station or her cohosts could possibly ascend to. Perhaps they should have tried replacing Lauer and Roker rather than Curry. They were the "dead weight" – not Ann.
I so agree with you Sheila. Matt is boring as well as the show. They could have a martian from another planet hosting and the result would be the same. Boring.
I was hoping Matt Lauer would go; we need someone with more pep.
NBC did not do right by Ann Curry, a true journalist and professional and one remaining reason I continued to tune into watch Today each morning. Time for me to find a different morning show.
I absolutely love Ann Curry and I am very disappointed that she will no longer co-anchor the Today Show. I believed that Ann should have been the replacement when Meredith was chosen. Ann has a very relaxed and sincere personality and the show should have been more appreciative of her loyalty and dedication. I hope the decision makers don't regret this move. Ann, you will be miss!!!!!! I'm sure God has something better waiting for you.
No more Today Show for me! Guthrie is annoying. This is my prediction, The Today Show will sink deeper.
I will not miss Ann...liked her as a person, but I really don't like her interviewing style. She was horrible! However, NBC handled this in an awful manner, and Ann was the only one crying during her goodbye. Matt couldn't care less. While I like Savannah, she is also boring...and so it will continue. Sidenote–I don't feel any pain for Ann. What were her choices: $10 mill and a NBC foreign correspondent position, or $20 mill and be off air for two years? I'm not crying for her, and now she'll get to do what she probably does best anyway. The couch wasn't her forte.
I agree with Chloe. Ann maybe a lovely person but she was always stumbling over her words – so I won't miss that. What's wrong with the Today show is the endless, endless adverts. Squeezed in between are some items/interviews which have to be gabbled through at top speed so that we can 'enjoy' the next set of 'messages'......
Why is she leaving? Who are they replacing her with?? Did they want someone younger or something?
I will never watch the Today Show with either Matt or Savannah. She is really fake, annoying voice and talks over everyone. Matt is arrogrant and full of himself.
Ann was not the problem. The problem is boring sets, the same type of conversations on a sofa that I have seen since Bryant Gumbel's time. Ann was asked to be a talking head on a sofa, who looks to be replaced by Savannah or one of the other expressionless talking heads. After over 15 years of watching NBC today, I've switched to CBS with Charlie Rose and Gail; they look like real people not models and they have opinions and personalities, not just smooth pablum like Matt. Keep Al, he has personality. Today need real people who display their emotions and don't look like they had their morning botox and makeup. They need to mix-it-up in hosts and format. They need new sets. I will check back once in a while to see if they stopped looking like a set of "Stepford People," but for now have switched to CBS.
Ann Curry is a class act and fantastic journalist who I have enjoyed watching 15 years. I can't wait to see her future work. Best wishes and love to Ann! I switched to GMA today.
I'm actually glad to see Ann out of there. She was the only one of the group that was real and has a personality. She can do better than that show. Matt is sooooo full of himself and boring and Al and his jokes have grown way old. It is terrible what they did to Ann making appear as if she dropped the ball. This morning I had a Good Morning America start and you know what they were soooooooooo much better than having to put up with Matt and Al. Good by Today hello Good Morning America!
I changed over to Good Morning America a while ago...much more fun to watch..today show was becoming
I will be the dissenter in the room. I really liked Ann as a person but I did not connect with her as I did with Meredith. I will dare say that the NBC execs made the right call, although the PR was fumbled and the transition should have been handled better. I believe Ann will fare very well at her new assignment and I look forward to seeing her in her new role. In the meanwhile, I remain a diehard fan of Matt and I will give Savannah a chance. (And, no, I do not work for NBC.)
Do not understand this move to oust Ann Curry. She is the classiest co-anchor the Today Show has ever had. Shame on whoever made this decision. Talk about ratings dropping.....now your ratings are really going to drop, Today Show. Very sad.
NBC could have stopped the media hype at any time but chose to let it drag on day after day, basically throwing Ann under the bus. Disgraceful, unprofessional, self-serving(?), and ill-conceived executive decisions by NBC. To let it play out like they did had to be beyond hurtful and damaging to Ms. Curry who has exhibited grace, character and professionalism throughout the ordeal.
nbc does know what morning programs r anymore. whos next bryan williams? matt is the problem along wh the today producers and universal who screw up nbc usa and scifi. have u the dumb programs. and quit copying cbs. be origanal.
Started watching GMA this morning. No Ann, no Today show for me. I hope the ratings plunge even lower. Big mistake NBC. Matt and Al are stale, they need to go.
Interesting that the Today Show chose to push their quality performer out and make her feel like she had failed. Fascinating example of leadership.
Please know that from an audience viewpoint, there are far deeper problems with this show. Throwing Ann Curry under the bus may have seemed like a good solution to you but the audience is aware that this was only a very hurtful stunt to distract attention from the bigger problems.
Good luck. I stopped watching yesterday.
Most likely will not watch Today again. Shame on Matt ? You did Ann dirty. Loved to watch her natural way that she makes one fell relaxed in their interviews and such compassion. Will miss her.
I have been a TODAY Show faithful since the Brokaw/Pauley era. I even worked for an ABC affiliate for 6 years and always watched TODAY. No more. Done. They basically executed Ann on live TV. She deserved better.
Ann Curry was the best thing that happened to that program. I think it is unfair that she is the scapegoat for a program that has been on the air for way too long..... She'll be a success with her new endeavor!
I will never watch the Today Show again. She was a classy presence there. Just because she she didn't kiss up enough when interviewing the air headed bimbo of the day they replace her. Hope the ratings for that show go straight to the bottom.
Ann can thank Matt Lauer's big mouth for pi ssing all over her in the media the weeks preceding...Thanks Matt! What a di ck!
Another major screwup by NBC and just another example of why NBC is at the bottom of the ratings charts in all categories.. I have always admired Ann Curry for her professionalism and personality and will miss seeing her each morning. I wish Ms Curry the best in the future and may she go on to bigger and better things.
I have watched the today show for 50 years. today when I saw savannah in that chair i switched to GMA with Robin. I am done wiht NBC just like they were done wiht Ann. OMG, I HATE listening to savannah but I tolerated her horrible voice and terrible reporting because Ioved the rest of the show especially Ann. Now like Ann, I too am gone! NBC what were you thinking? you just comitted rating suicide with this move. Ann I wish you well! i hope you have the chance to laugh in thier face and tell them..."I told you so"!
I, too, have switched channels in the morning. I was a faithful viewer of the Today show for years.
Ann Curry's strength is in her newsreading ability. Her resonant voice suits that unique and important job. However, her cloying and sophmoric interviews weakened the Today Show. On the other hand, Samantha Guthrie's nasal, shrill and choppy voice sends shivers down my spine. I turn off the t.v. when she is on for any great amount of time. Though knowledgable Guthrie lacks the maturity and gravitas necessary to follow in the footsteps of Jane Pauley and Katie Couric.
Ann's vision as co-host differed greatly than that of the NBC studio. She wanted to be seen as a true journalist, which she is, but unfortunately her often forced emotions when doing darker story or her attempts are reading to much into a lighter piece often backfired. Her on-air critizium of the shows producers were thinly veiled and tactless. Rest assured, she will be fine. She excels at international and front line reporting, and that is what she will be doing for NBC. It is a win win.
I used to watch "Today" almost every morning for years, and then I stopped. And my reasons had nothing to do with Ann Curry. Rather, the show progressively became unwatchable, dealing more in fluff and gossip than in anything related to real news. It got to where even the top-of-the-hour headlines from the news desk were essentially content free. Once CBS started its morning show with Charlie Rose, it wasn't even a contest anymore for my viewership.
This is not the first time Today has screwed over a female anchor. Remember when Deborah Norville replaced Jane Pauley? Sad then, sad now.
NBC's treatment of Ann Curry was nothing less than shameful. She is a very professional jouralist. She showed true class and grace showing up for work each day after the "news" of he pending departure was leaked. To have her depart without any type of send-off after the years of service she has provided to the company was reprehensible. am sure that NBC will lose thousands of viewers as a result of their handling of this situation. And with that will come the loss of ad revenue. NBC will see the error of its ways too late. Ann Curry is a class act. I wish I could say the same about the executives who decided that she must leave. SHAME ON YOU, NBC. I have been a loyal viewer of this program for over 25 years. That time, like Ms. Curry's, has come to an end.
Matt's the issue. Put Ann & Savannah together and the ratings will soar. These 2 women are not the issue. Matt isn't strong enough to carry Today. Ever since Katie left it's been a rotaing mess there. Rotate Matt out and see what can happen.
Yes, I'd like to see that happen, too. But they just renewed his bazillion dollar contract.
I've always liked Ann Curry and her personality. To blame the ratings dip on her is ridiculous. Like RMW commented earlier, they are getting way too fluffy. I watch during breakfast, and am usually changing the channel, as soon as they mention the 'big story' coming up re: what Lindsay Lohen had for lunch yesterday, or the family with the kitten that was the latest YouTube video sensation. Yuck!
Matt thinks Today is HIS show... I wish he would get the boot.
Curry was quirky at times, but I rather watch Ann Curry than watching guthrie.
Never before have I offered an opinion online about any situation. In this case, I believe NBC has done a gross misjustice to Ann Curry. She worked hard to be in that position and should never have had to take the fall over failing ratings that may have not been attributed to her. So disappointed in NBC!
hope Matts Shoes didnt get dirty..Anne is a class act!! dont care for Gutherie, awkward, dispite the degrees,will now watch GMA. God Bless Anne!!