Ann Curry and NBC are negotiating her exit from “Today” and the hang-up is money … sources connected with the network tell our sources.
Our sources say Savannah Guthrie has already made her deal with the network to succeed Ann as co-anchor of “Today,” but the snag is the amount of money Ann will get.
As we first reported, Ann gets $10 million a year. She is one year into a 3-year contract, and from what we”re hearing NBC does not want to pay her $20 million for the balance of the contract. We”re also hearing Ann does not want to stay at NBC.
The network could pay her the $20 mil and then prohibit her from working anywhere else for 2 years. But we”re told they don”t want to shell out that kind of dough, so Ann”s lawyer and NBC are haggling.
NBC wants to make the switch quickly … certainly before the Olympics so they can showcase Savannah. We”re hearing the goal is to make the announcement late this week or early next.