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Ann Curry to CNN?

Reports: Former 'Today' co-anchor asking to be released from contract

By Corey Levitan Jan 2, 2013 10:15AM
foxnews.com

Nearly a year after being unceremoniously demoted from "Today" show co-anchor to seldom-seen TV news reporter, Ann Curry is reportedly en route to a prominent anchor post at CNN. Radar Online is reporting that Curry has formally requested to be released from her NBC contract so that Jeff Zucker -- her former "Today" boss and the new CNN chief -- can hire her for the 8 p.m. slot currently occupied by Anderson Cooper. This development was first leaked by the New York Post on Dec. 12.

 

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According to Radar Online, NBC execs are currently unwilling to release Curry. And if she were to up and quit, Curry would be bound by a two-year non-compete clause. However, the story notes, Curry's attorney believes that NBC breached its contract when it demoted her.

 

If the report is accurate, one of the happiest people could then be Matt Lauer. As we reported last week, Curry's former "Today" co-host has been suffering abuse from New Yorkers for his reported role in downing her star.

 

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Would you watch CNN with Ann Curry anchoring the 8 p.m. slot? And would this development take Lauer off the hook?

 

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

266Comments
Jan 4, 2013 1:08PM
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I Haven't watched the morning show since Ann left.  She was such a joy to see everyday.  
Jan 4, 2013 6:43AM
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Free Ann Curry and Matt, "Time for you to man-up and quit crying.  Nothing worse than a person that shivs you in the back on a job then whines when there is backlash from your actions!"
Jan 3, 2013 8:44PM
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That's it!!!! Free Ann  send it to everyone and everyone sen ti to NBStupid - boycott the affliates, protest in your cities.  FREE ANN, FREE ANN send theword to everyone!!!
Jan 3, 2013 7:28PM
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LOVE ANN CURRY! Would def watch on CNN. As for Matt...he's just another man....playing the corp game.
Jan 3, 2013 7:20PM
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I find her smart, caring and simple a great person.  I like her and the stories that she reports.  NBC should let her go on to do bigger and better things.  This is a great example of "when one door closes, another one opens".  Or, "man's rejection is Gods protection". 

 

Let her go NBC!  I'm not watching again until you do.

Jan 3, 2013 7:19PM
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They should release her. As for Matt Lauer his replacement is already on set with Willie Giest joining the show.
Jan 3, 2013 6:56PM
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I REFUSE TO WATCH THE TODAY SHOW SINCE ANN LEFT.  SHE'S A BEAUTIFUL PERSON WITH A GREAT VOICE.  LET HER GO & BLOSSOM ON CNN.
Jan 3, 2013 6:55PM
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I would watch Ann Curry in whatever slot she is in. I don't know if Lauer harmed Curry in any way, but it is not my place to judge that.  I fully believe in what goes around comes around.
Jan 3, 2013 6:06PM
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They should have booted Matt Lauer instead. He's boring. Ann Curry is warm and easy on the eyes.
Jan 3, 2013 5:48PM
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Matt Lauer desires the negative comments against him.  Ann did a Great job and he could not stand the competition. I hope they will let her out of the contract.  It will only give them more negative attention.  I am hope to see you Ann on CNN.  GOOD LUCK Ann!!!!!!


Jan 3, 2013 4:15PM
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Let Ann go to continue her career and spiral up again, The Today Show had a winning team and the  NBC thought of their own winning ways. NBC should have stuck to playing slot machines rather than gambling with the Today Show.
I think their best series was The Today Show Takes a Vacation. It showed how well the cast worked together despite their differences.
The most provocative event for the show was the time a sixteen year old from the audience wanted to kiss Matt. I recall his words "Al that's got lawsuit written all over it". Shame on you Matt !.
I'll be watching for Ann on CNN. You sure held your self up Ann with the Sandy Hook shootings. You have true Humanitarian compassion.

Jan 3, 2013 3:57PM
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Please let Ann go!  She deserves to be happy and is deserving of the new job at CNN.  I and my husband switched to GMA after she left.  Hope you at NBC see all these comments and make the right decision.
Jan 3, 2013 3:21PM
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I don't watch nbc except for the NFL. If the lame stream media stations ever start telling the truth about  liberal politicians I'll come back. Until then abc, nbc & cbs are off limits in our house
Jan 3, 2013 2:07PM
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I think we should start a petition to request that NBC let her out of her contract. I haven't watched the Today Show since she left. Matt Lauer is the one that was killing the ratings. He is lifeless on that show!  She has won tons of news awards and is grace in action! Why would the network fire her and keep Mr. all I have done is "where in the world"? Let her be productive and happy.
Jan 3, 2013 12:14PM
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I also quit watching the today show.. Matt Lauer is very arrogant.. I would most certainly watch cnn and Ann Curry new spot.  She deserves this and not what Matt has done to her!
Jan 3, 2013 11:51AM
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I hope NBC lets her go....it would be the right thing to do.
Jan 3, 2013 10:59AM
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Can't,t  wait to see Ann on CNN !!!!! I will be watching.
Jan 3, 2013 10:22AM
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Always liked Ann and she really seemed to care and i would watch her in her new venture!!!! I was a fan of The Today Show but not now!!!!!!!!

 

Jan 3, 2013 10:21AM
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Matt Lauer...shame on you for getting rid of someone we love very much. I switched to GMA and so have all my friends Let Ann go! You demoted her for no reason and we have seen very little of her since For the life of me, I can not understand why Matt Lauer makes so much money. He is a sour, middle aged man with no wit or charm. And you thought it was ok to disrespect  Ann Curry and just write her off and no one would notice or care.

WE CARE AND WE NOTICED AND HER FANS WILL FOLLOW HER.

YOU HAVE NO CHANCE OF INCREASING RATINGS AS LONG AS YOU BACK THE BACKSTABBING matt Lauer

 

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