Ann Curry is leaving “Today” … and her last show will be this morning.
The “Today” co-host confirmed the news in an interview with USA Today, saying “I”m going to have to tell our viewers … I don”t want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them.”
She adds, “In every single co-host”s first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone.”
When asked if she felt she was given enough time to work out those kinks, she flatly replied “No, I do not.”
As for taking a beating by “Good Morning America” in the ratings recently, Curry says “I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries … and my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved.”
Under her new deal, Curry will continue to produce for “NBC Nightly News,” “Dateline,” “Rock Center” and “Today” and will fill in as anchor on “Nightly News.”
As our sources previously reported, Ann was guaranteed $20 million for the last two years of her contract but NBC didn”t want to pay that amount … so they negotiated a lesser deal where Ann stayed and still made money.
When asked by USA Today about the $10-$20 million a year salary, she said “I can say that I”d love to earn that much.”
We”re told Savannah Guthrie will be Ann”s replacement and NBC wants her firmly in place before the Olympics so they can showcase her next to Matt Lauer.
Ann is expected to make an announcement this morning on “Today.”
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