‘Today Show’ boss defends Ann Curry decision

In what will probably come across as the least surprising news of the day, one of the men who works tirelessly to ensure that “The Today Show” stays successful feels like dismissing Ann Curry was the right move for the future of the broadcast. Ultimately, we have a feeling that Curry — who was with the show for nearly fifteen years before getting a shot at being the lead anchor — probably disagrees.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the shake-up that now has Savannah Guthrie as the anchor alongside Matt Lauer, News News President Steve Capus says that the real reason Curry was dismissed was that she wasn’t comfortable with some of her responsibilities, and he felt that it translated with the audience:

“I think it was not where her real passion was … In her heart of hearts, I think she would admit that. I think her real passion is built around reporting on international stories. It’s tough to convey a sincere interest in something if you don’t possess it. We live in a HD world. Dan Rather used to say the camera never blinks. Well, this is an HD world now, and the camera picks up everything. And you could tell with her, you can tell with any anchor, whether they’re into it or not. And I think we’ve now come up with a role that will play to her strengths.”

These “international stories” are what Curry is going to cover under her new title, though it is unclear just when she will start dishing out reports or if her exit is going to end up hurting the show’s reputation and its ratings. One thing worth noting, though, is that while many people believed that Jay Leno’s return to “The Tonight Show” would be haunted by the ghost of Conan O’Brien, he remains the most-watched show in the timeslot. While we don’t necessarily see Guthrie widening the gap between this show and rival “Good Morning America,” she will at least keep things as competitive as they are now.

Just in case you missed Ann’s teary farewell from earlier this week, you can check it out below.

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