Despite reports to the contrary, NBC News anchor and former “Today” co-host Ann Curry is not getting the heave-ho from the network, the network says.
“This is completely untrue, and, as a matter of fact, she is going on a big assignment for NBC News this week," an NBC representative told Fox News' Fox411
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RadarOnline reported Monday that Curry’s contract would not be renewed
once it expires. Citing an “insider” source knowledgeable about the situation, the website said network brass told Curry’s representative that her $12-million-a-year deal would be a thing of the past.
Curry serves as a national and international correspondent and anchor for NBC News, but was dumped from her co-anchor chair on the "Today" show just one year after taking over from Meredith Vieira in 2011. Curry was replaced by Savannah Guthrie, and "Today" quickly fell behind "Good Morning America" in the ratings for the first time in 16 years.
The RadarOnline story said Curry fell out of favor after former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter wrote "Top Of The Morning: Inside The Cutthroat World Of Morning TV."
“There was a lot of information in the book about what went on when Ann was let go from 'Today' that only a few people were privy to,” a source said. “Conclusions were made, rightly or wrongly, about who the anonymous sources that provided the information to Stelter were.”
Curry’s sendoff from the "Today" show was hardly ceremonial. The veteran reporter gave a tearful farewell, and many blamed anchor Matt Lauer for the departure.
The RadarOnline story said that Jeff Zucker of CNN has shown interest in hiring Curry at that network. “If Jeff is interested, one thing is for certain: There is no possible way that Ann will be commanding $12 million or more in her next position,” a source told the website in an earlier story.
The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, says that Stelter’s book
— which details the rivalry between "Good Morning America" and "Today" — may be made into a Lifetime network made-for-TV movie.
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