Ann Curry Negotiating Exit With NBC — Savannah Guthrie a Lock

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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.