Ann Curry continued to co-host NBC’s “Today” show Friday amid rumors indicating she may soon be replaced.
Despite Curry hasn’t said a word about the recent reports, the 55-year-old journalist did open up in an earlier interview for the August issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, which hits newsstands July 10, writes CBS News.
She candidly discussed in the interview the hurt she felt over the show’s falling ratings and her perceived role in bringing them about.
“It’s hard not to take it personally. You worry, Am I not good enough? Am I not what people need? Am I asking the right questions? When people say negative things or speculate, you can’t help but feel hurt,” Curry said in the interview.
She added: “I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for. I think about the people who watch. They’re the ones who matter to me. I want to feel I haven’t dropped the ball when it comes to them.”
When asked where she sees herself in 10 years, Curry said, “I’ve been at ‘Today’ for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20. I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.”
Ann Curry took over for Meredith Vierra as a co-anchor to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show in June 2011, but now reports are suggesting that Ann just doesn’t click with viewers and producers are looking for a replacement, according to Yahoo.
In the meantime, TMZ reports that Curry, who will get her walking papers from the “Today” show next week, will be paid by NBC dearly — because network sources sa she’s under a contract that guarantees her $10 million a year.
Ann signed a new contract almost a year ago to the day, when she took over as co-anchor of “Today.” Under the deal, Ann gets a nice $10 mil, and it’s a long-term contract, reportedly for 3 years.
Curry is likely to become a foreign correspondent for NBC News, meaning she’ll be the first foreign correspondent who will rake in an amount equal to the gross national product of some of the countries she will cover.
Meanwhile, a group of fans is trying to turn back the tide and persuade NBC otherwise with an online petition.
The petition, posted on Change.org on Friday, has so far attracted 500 signatures from Curry fans intent on keeping her face on the morning airwaves.
“Dear Today Show at NBC,” the petition reads. “We Love Ann Curry! Ann Curry Loves us and the Today Show!”
“One of the things that gives me a sense of calm and certainty in life is Ann Curry’s compassionate style of journalism,” Stephen Crowley, Phoenix. Ariz. resident who launched the petition, says on the petition’s web page.
“Ann Curry’s sensitivity to the human experience telegraphs through her journalism, to me and many other fans and viewers. Her compassion and dedication to her audience radiates every time she stands in front of a camera. She connects with people. She has definitely connected with me.”
NBC did not commented on the reports of Curry’s departure.