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Report: Ann Curry banned from live TV

NBC wants former 'Today' co-host to do taped interviews only

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Jan 28, 2013 12:10PM

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NBC's already strained relationship with Ann Curry just got worse.


The network has issued a new edict that the former "Today" co-host can no longer do live interviews on air, the New York Post reports. According to a source, Curry has been gunning to do live interviews, but NBC will only let her do pre-recorded chats, "presumably so they can edit them."


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While the Peacock network dismissed the story as gossip, Curry has been taping interviews for various NBC news programs. Her relationship with the network and former co-host Matt Lauer went south when NBC fired her from "Today" last June.


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Most recently, the Post reported that CNN's new chief, Jeff Zucker, wants to hire Curry. Zucker was her boss when he ran NBC Universal. Meanwhile, Curry, 56, reportedly wants NBC to release her from her multi-year contract.


"Today" airs weekdays at 7 a.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Feb 1, 2013 11:25AM
Could we see the demise of The Today Show soon?
Jan 31, 2013 5:19PM
NBC suks. The only reason I watched the Today Show was to listen to Katie (when she was still there) and Ann. Matt is a "yes" man and is as boring as a saddle sore. Al is a notch better but still a "yes" man. I only watch CBS and ABC, now.
I grew-up watching the today show with Dave Galloway. I now watch Good Morning America. The Today Show needs to get their act together.
Jan 30, 2013 8:24AM
This isn't the first time that NBC screwed up & screwed their talent (Tonight Show/Jay Leno)...come on NBC, you humiliated Anne Curry now do the right thing - release her from her contract.  Obviously, the ratings slump wasn't because of Anne, you've been riding the same horse for years instead of making changes, you assumed your audience would always be there.  Well you were WRONG...
Jan 30, 2013 1:35AM
After looking at the tv ratings. NBCs ratings are falling like a rock. I guess that if liberals wont to keep their tv channel they might wont to give them money. My option is that Ann Curry is a good reporter for NBC for many years. Let Ann Curry move on to a different network, unless your a afraid it.
Jan 29, 2013 9:29PM
Where is your random act of kindness NBC?  Is it just lipservice?  Oops that's right it was Ann Curry who coined the phrase.
Jan 29, 2013 9:13PM
Ann Curry is an unbiased journalist who reports without her personal ideology interfering with the news.  NBC's liberal slant couldn't take it.
Jan 29, 2013 5:43PM
Equity in the media will one day support women turning 50 as it currently supports men turning 50.
Jan 29, 2013 4:56PM
NBC made a BIG mistake when they let Ann Curry go.  She is an intelligent woman who interviewed with care and concern.  I no longer watch the Today show, with Matt Lauer surrounded by young, giggly girls.  It's a disgrace!  The American people want to watch the news, not some jealous man pushing his weight around. With actions like this, the Today Show will soon be history.  I now watch Good Morning America and I hope that NBC lets Ann Curry out of her "contract" so she can move to another network.  We want to see Ann's smiling face and her good way of reporting back on the television.    
Jan 29, 2013 3:10PM

NBC treatment of Ann Currey is decpicable and they should be ashamed of themselves. Why are they so afraid of her speaking. I hope she goes to CNN.

Jan 29, 2013 1:28PM
i cant see a normal person wanting to work with Matt.
see is a fine journalist she should be working for someone
who wants quality .

Jan 29, 2013 1:24PM
nbc seems to like hurting there talent ,how about conan obrien he is so much better than jay.
Jan 29, 2013 1:17PM
I watched the Today Show for years and slow watched it dimini**** quality! The last straw was when they decided to bring Sarah Palin on as a co-host one one of their shows. It was then I decided what idiots they had become. Ann Curry was probably the most sincere person on that show and certainly does not deserve the treatment she has received from NBC. The whole network stinks! Tune in to CBS This Morning for professional reporting of the news and Helpful and Valuable items. The entire show is a refreshing change from all the stupid fluff the Today Show continues to present!
Jan 29, 2013 1:04PM

I just wait to watch the Today show until the 4th Hour....I don't like S. Guthrie...ugh...she's too phony.

Jan 29, 2013 1:04PM

You GO Ann!  NBC - Screw you, you have Matt (Mr. Ego) Lauer.  Let Ann free!

I bet Fox would have you Ann - they can use your TRUTHFUL voice regardless of where you stand politically.

Jan 29, 2013 12:57PM
Let Ann go NBC!!  Did you ever think maybe Matt and you all pizzed in your own Cheerios being the  d!cks that you are?  Ann is class and deserves to do the reporting she has so earnestly loved doing and for an audience accepting of her and all the imperfections you so blatantly claim she has. You cannot continue to force feed your will on us forever.  No Body Cares for you.
Jan 29, 2013 12:41PM
I like and respect Ann Curry.  Having this play out publicly makes me wonder why the networks try to control the personalities that they promote.  I think that most would be more interesting and we might be better informed if they (the news person) had more autonomy to, at least, be themselves.  I do believe that more of the people the network  hires and calls "newscasters" are really just puppeteers and that, we, the public are denied any real depth into a situation and therefore, touched only by, a surface unworthy of creating information that enables us to figure out what we would truly "think"!
Jan 29, 2013 12:39PM
Who's Wheaties did she piss on? Did she really screw up a live interview?
Jan 29, 2013 12:37PM
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