While “The Today Show” may be looking to replace Ann Curry as its co-host at some point in the immediate future, there are still some fans hoping that the show’s co-anchor stays around — and one of them just so happens to have a rather touching story of how the journalist has helped him adjust following his time in the military.
An Arizona man named Stephen Crowley has drawn more than 20,000 signatures in an internet petition to save Curry’s job, and he also wrote the following about why he wanted to see her stay on the show:
“First, I have to say that I love Ann Curry. I am an Iraq Veteran and Aspiring writer with PTSD and a 60% service connected disability. Life is not always so easy for me. I tend to struggle.
“One of the things that gives me a sense of calm and certainty in life is Ann Curry’s compassionate style of journalism. I was in Iraq for ten months in 2005. That experience changed me forever. I am now very sensitive to the hurt, pain and troubles on this planet, even though I feel that I only received a very small portion of that experience.
“Ann Curry’s sensitivity to the human experience telegraphs through her journalism, to me and many other fans and viewers.”
As powerful as Crowley’s statement is, it is probably still unlikely to end up making much of a change in NBC’s thinking that Curry is the problem rather than the solution to “Good Morning America” catching up to the show in the ratings. This is the first time in over a decade that competition between the two shows has been so tight, and it only started to reach critical levels after Curry took over following Meredith Vieira’s exit.
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are the two favorites to join Matt Lauer as the new “Today Show” co-anchor is Curry if asked to step down from her position.