After over a week of speculation, Ann Curry and NBC decided not to wait until the end of the week to confirm that there is a massive change coming at “The Today Show.” Curry will no longer be the co-anchor for the show effective immediately, and it also appears as though she is not happy about it in the slightest.
Before going on the air Thursday, Curry said in a new interview with USA Today that she took some of the blame for the struggles of the show, but also insisted that she was not the only problem and should have had more time to work on some of the kinks of the broadcast:
“I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries … and my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved.”
Curry will stay with the network, and is going to work on segments for “Today” along with the NBC Nightly News, “Dateline,” and “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” As for her salary, she said that she would “love” to make the money (over $10 million annually) that many have speculated that she earns since the news about her potential exit first came out in the press.
At 8:50 a.m. Eastern, Curry also confirmed her exit in a segment that was full of emotion, but also a little bit awkward. Why make someone of this sort of talent sit there and be patronized by some of the other members of the broadcast? She managed to stay incredibly strong through the whole ordeal (despite a few tears), which is something that many people may not have been able to do.
Stay tuned — we’ll have video of Curry’s last moments on the show as soon as it is made available.