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Only in today’s world is the relationship among news anchors considered leading gossip. But alas, the drama NBC’s The Today Show as of late is pretty juicy. After just one year as co-host of the morning news show, Ann Curry has been relieved of her cushy position on the couch as co-host to Matt Lauer and reassigned as a foreign correspondent for NBC.
Curry gave a heartfelt goodbye speech on her final day as co-host, June 28th. However, it was what she didn’t say and didn’t do that final day that caught some people’s attention – and curiosity. Many wondered why Curry not only didn’t hug her co-host goodbye, she wouldn’t look him in the eye. What’s going on between Ann and Matt?
According to Us Weekly, Lauer was “100 percent behind Ann leaving.” The position change to foreign correspondent is a demotion of Curry, and one she is apparently not as thrilled about as the higher-ups think she should be.
NBC News president Steve Capus told the Hollywood Reporter, "I think [TODAY] was not where her real passion was . . . In her heart of hearts, I think she would admit that. I think her real passion is built around reporting on international stories . . . I think we’ve now come up with a role that will play to her strengths."
Curry’s goodbye speech, however, seemed to say that she had worked her butt off to obtain the co-host position and was very sad to be leaving it so soon.
"This is not easy to say, but today's going to be my last morning as regular co-host of Today,” Curry’s speech began. "This is not as I expected, to ever leave this couch after 15 years, but I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch because Matt and I – and everyone who sits on this couch – we often call ourselves a family, but YOU are the real Today show family."
Curry acknowledged Lauer only that one time before quickly turning the focus onto viewers and herself.
"You are why I have ventured into dangerous places and interviewed dictators and jumped out of planes and off of bridges and climbed mountains and landed in the South Pole and convinced the Dalai Lama to come live in our studio. I have loved you and I have wanted to give you the world, and I still do."
Curry’s speech continued to thank the behind-the scenes individuals, before she again made statements about how sad she was to be moving on already, suggesting it was not at all what she wanted.
"For all of you who saw me as a ground-breaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball to the finish line, but man, I did try. And so to all of you who watched: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me touch yours ... I will keep trying and I'm sorry I turned into a sob sister this morning."
Us Weekly reported that Lauer and Curry were “really ice to each other” that final week, and “she refused to speak to him all week.”
Curry has been replaced by former White House correspondent Savannah Buthrie.