Ann Curry To Return To The Today Show?

Ann Curry left the Today Show earlier this summer, but it seems that the star already is wanted back. Ann was actually let go from her job as co-host of the show in June. Today Show producers claimed that the departure was not in fact their fault and all they want is for Ann to come back. It seems that the low ratings the show registered in the past few months are the main reason why producers want Ann Curry to return to the Today Show.


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Why Ann Curry was let go from the Today Show is a question that many tabloid magazines have tried to answer. Over the summer Ann told People that Today Show producers wanted her to dye her hair and dress more feminine and contemporary. The star said she refused to do so, as she wanted to remain true to herself and her own tastes.

Soon after leaving the Today Show, Ann signed a contract with NBC News. If Ann managed to do just fine, we cannot say the same thing about the Today Show. Following Ann’s departure the ratings of the show have much decreased. The new co-host, Savannah Guthrie, failed to convince the audience, so Ann is now asked to help the show regain its success. The Today Show has been for years the number one watched morning news program, aspect with changed over this summer.


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An insider told Radar Online that Ann loves her new job at NBC and she is so much happier as a front line reporter. If she will receive an official proposal to come back from the Today Show, and mostly if Ann will accept it, is something we will probably find out in the following weeks.

Until then, problems seem to continue for the Today Show. According to the latest rumors, Matt Lauer is dealing hard with the drops in ratings. It seems that the star has been much affected by the fact that the show lost its place as the leader morning television show to Good Morning America. The show’s ratings continued to get lower each month since the summer.


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Still, Matt receives all the needed support from the show’s producers, who seem to believe that he is the heart and the soul of the show. Producers also said that the whole issue linked to ratings is more complex than just the dismissal of Ann Curry. According to the Associated Press, producers believe that any time there is a change, people need to process it in order to adapt to it and accept that change.

There is no doubt in the fact that the Today Show has been through a rough time, but probably producers will find the best ways to overcome it.

Today Show Sparked Outrage on September 11

The Today Show is a daily American morning television show on NBC dating back to 1952. The first three hours of the show are anchored by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Al Roker gives frequent weather forecasts and Natalie Morales reports from the news desk. Roker and Morales co-host the third hour, while Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford co-host the fourth hour. Weekend editions are anchored by Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe. Meteorologist Bill Karins appears on Saturdays and Stephanie Abrams on Sundays.


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There was a high scandal that went off around the cast of Today Show. On 11 September 2012 sparked outrage after the program declined to cutaway from an interview with Keeping With the Kardashians co-star Kris Jenner, in which she discussed the show and her breast augmentation, to broadcast the 11th anniversary remembrance ceremonies of the September 11th terrorist attack at 8:46 am, ET.

At that time, a moment of silence was held in memory of the the 2.996 people who died in the tragedy was being conducted. That was the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.


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NBC was the only national television news outlet in the United States that did not interrupt regular programming to broadcast the moment of silence live. While the coverage of the ceremonies was not seen on the NBC network feed in most of the US, WNBC/New York interrupted the Today broadcast to run locally produced special coverage of the ceremony.

NBC News CEO Steve Capus sent out a memo directly to all NBC affiliate station managers on September 12th, apologising for severe criticism that the stations faced following the incident, and acknowledging that the situation touched a nerve with viewers.


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Nevertheless, Steve Capus did not issue either a public apology or an official press release to the media concerning their decision not to air the moment of silence. The memo notes that the moment of silence had not been routinely broadcast on Today since 2006, with the exception of September 11, 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

The Today Show Forced To Cut Costs

Following the scandal linked to Ann Curry’s dismissal from The Today Show, ratings have dropped, raising concern among producers. It seems that The Today Show will have to cut some costs to be able to survive. The scandal involving Ann and her being forced to leave the show seems to never go away, so the ratings continue at their lowest level in years.


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Having under consideration this situation, employees at The Today Show are wondering whether Matt Lauer will be willing to sacrifice his salary to save the staff or they will be at risk of loosing their jobs. According to the New York Post, in case Matt will not sacrifice part of his $25 million salary to save The Today Show, a part of the staff will be left without a job. Cutting costs is a must at the morning show nowadays, and naturally the only option producers have is firing some of the employees.

A source told the New York Post that the pressure on the staff would be relieved only if Matt will give up some of his amazing salary. The staff at The Today Show will most likely put pressure on Matt to make the right thing, and so avoid loosing their jobs.


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Matt Lauer currently is the highest paid news anchor in the United States. He has a salary of no less than $25 million. Since the scandal involving Ann Curry’s departure from the show broke, fans have deserted The Today Show, ratings dropping impressively. This means that the earnings of the morning television show have also decreased.

April was the first month of the year when The Today Show lost its supremacy on Good Morning America. The same month Matt was offered a $25 million contract to remain the co-host of the show, becoming the highest paid-news anchor on TV. Ann was replaced with Savannah Guthrie, but fans did not appreciate the way the show handled her departure. Guthrie failed to impress the audience and to keep viewers on The Today Show.


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However, this is not the first time when a television host has to give up part of his salary to save the show. Jay Leno, the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, agreed with a 10 percent cut from his salary to avoid firing the staff. His salary currently is about $20 million.

Now, the only question that remains is whether Matt Lauer will take a pay cut off his $25 million salary to save jobs or not.

Savannah Guthrie – Today Show Debut

Savannah Guthrie already made her debut as the Today Show co-anchor. And even though her morning performance has been much appreciated, is seems that the show’s ratings have not reach the figures expected, the Huffington Post noted.

NBC’s Today Show was beaten by its major rival when it comes to morning television shows, naturally Good Morning America. Even though NBC expected a great interest from viewers, at least when it comes to the debut of Savannah Guthrie, the figures were quite disappointing.


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Either way, the Today Show was beaten with about 357,000 viewers by Good Morning America, which managed to come first in viewers’ preferences. More than 4.57 million viewers watched ABC’s show, compared to the 4.21 million that made their choice on the Today Show. This is considered to be the largest win that Good Morning America registered in the past 17 years when it comes to ratings.


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Savannah Guthrie recently replaced the former co-anchor of the Today Show, naturally Ann Curry. The star claimed that she is very excited with the idea of becoming the co-anchor of one of the most popular morning television shows in the United States, but she is not very happy with the circumstances in which that happened. Still, “I am thankful for the chance,” the star declared according to the Daily Mail.

 

 

Savannah Guthrie also shared the fact that all she wants is to make a great job, while focusing on her work. Even though she was really nervous, Savannah said that it really is a big honor for her to be there. However, it seems that it is not Savannah Guthrie’s fault that NBC’s show decreased in the top preferences of viewers from all around the US. It actually has been claimed that fans of the show did not appreciate the way the network handled Ann’s exit from the company.


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Savannah Guthrie actually is a famous American journalist. The star was born in December, 1971, in Melbourne, Australia. She studied at the University of Arizona and Georgetown University. Between 2008 and 2011, Savannah Guthrie has been working as a White House correspondent, but also an a co-anchor of The Daily Rundown.

The star was offered to take over the Today Show co-host role in June 2012. She joined Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales and Al Roker. She was named a co-anchor on the show following Ann Curry’s departure. Savannah has been working for NBC since 2007, but most of her career, this star worked in television.

Today Show Anchor Ann Curry Exits From Today Show

The Today Show is one of the most famous television show which has been the headstone of many of today’s morning television shows. Ann Curry, one of the anchors of the show had taken over as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor from Meredith Vieira in June 2011. Unfortunately, the career of Ann Curry with the Today Show has been short-lived. Things do not look that bad, though. She is not entirely cast off the Today crew. She returns to her previous position as a news reader on the show, a job she had since she joined the show in 1997 until last year. Bill Carroll, VP director of programming for the Katz Television Group says that this move is not considered step back for her career.


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The fact that she was booted out from the Today Show will take a serious toll on NBC. According to New York Post, NBC will pony up the dough just to cut her loose. $10 million to be more specific. The same online newspaper reported that Ann Curry is actually in the midst of a three year, $20 million contract that the renewed last year. The contract has a clause that will guarantee her a $10 million compensation in her final year. This is quite a deal.

Ann Curry is very determined to keep her job and keep a brave face amid all the tension. Neither Ann Curry or the NBC network want to make any statements regarding this conflict. However, the network has put the blame on Curry for the decline of the show’s ratings. Part of the problem seemed to be the lack of chemistry between Ann Curry and Matt Lauer. Some journalists, including Tom Huang of Poytner.org and Mike Hale New York Times’s TV and film critic, have speculated that part of the reason for Curry’s ouster must have had something to do with her race and cultural upbringing. She is a representative of the Asian American ethnicity. It is hard to describe the letting go of Ann Curry as a discriminative act. The low ratings, her personality and her not-so-great relationship with Matt Lauer were the official main reasons for her dismissal. 


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After hearing the news on her being dismissed from The Today Show, Ann Curry had a a graphic that flashed beneath her face that read Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. Ironically, the same day the Today had its biggest audience of the week, just under 4.5 million and its bigger margin of victory over Good Morning America. Certainly, this is not a step back for Ann Curry, who has been in the media since 1997 and who has an extensive background in global reporting.

The Today Show On NBC

The Today Show is one of the most popular American morning television shows on NBC, which debuted in 1952, being the longest running American television series. Although at the beginning it was a two-hour program, in 1987 it expanded to Sundays and in 1992 to Saturdays. In 2007, this show was expanded to four hours, being a proof that its popularity hasn’t decreased at all throughout time. This incredible show was produced By Sylvester B. Pat Weaver, Jr., the vice-president of NBC and it included news, lifestyle features, as well as light news and interviews, so it was very interesting and covered a wide variety of topics. For many years, the show was moved from one studio to another and in 2006, the studio was renovated and moved back into the revamped Studio 1-A space, being divided into five parts on the lower level, including the interview area,  the new desks, as well as home base, the couch area and it also has a kitchen located upstairs.

New anchors of the show have included a lot of people such as Chris Wallace, Tony Guida, Frank Blair, as well as Jim Fleming, Ann Curry and many others. From 1952 to 1964, one of the most important parts of the show was related to fashion, lifestyle and weather, all presented by a woman, Estelle Parsons being the first who had this job and her title was “Women’s Editor”.

Throughout time, the Today Show changed a lot , but it’s still amazing how it managed to maintain its popularity even after all these years. As the Internet has become very important, in 2012, the show had new online feature called “Today in Two Minutes”, which was anchored by Natalie Morales and provided brief updates on various topics. At present, the Today Show presents breaking news, interviews, reporting on a variety of human interest stories, as well as popular culture, finance issues and weather reports. Editions and topics are tailored to the interests of viewers and can also include special series and wonderful  live performances of many celebrities. As the Internet has advanced lot, people can watch it now online from any place where they have a reliable Internet connection and a computer or a laptop, which is amazing.

Natalie Morales – News Anchor for the Today Show

Today, also known as The Today Show, is one of the most popular breakfast TV shows in the United States, airing every morning on NBC. With a history dating back to 1952, the show has celebrated its 60-year anniversary this year and has become the 4th-longest running American TV series of all time, being also ranked as one of the greatest TV shows of all time by many publications. The show is not only popular due to the interesting topics that it approaches, but also because of its great anchors. Natalie Morales is the news anchor for the show. She was born on June 6, 1972, in Taipei, Taiwan, to a Brazilian mother and a Puerto Rican father.

Until the age of 18, she lived in Panama, Brazil, and Spain. She graduated from Rutgers University, holding a bachelor of arts with two majors -- journalism and Latin American studies. After graduating from college, she started working as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC, where she remained until 2006. In 2006, she joined the cast of the Today TV show as a national correspondent. She was then named co-anchor of the third hour of the show in March 2008. Three years later, Morales replaced Ann Curry and became the news anchor for the show. Aside from being the news anchor for the show, she also appears on numerous NBC productions, such as The Marriage Ref. She is very beloved nationwide, which is why she was designated to host the Miss USA 2010 and the Miss Universe 2010. In 2011, she hosted Miss Universe once again.

Regarding her personal life, Natalie Morales is married to Joe Rhodes since 1998. They have two sons, Joseph and Luke. Natalie is very into sports, being a passionate runner. She has competed in 5 marathons and has now began participating in triathlons, as well. Hispanic magazine ranked her as one of the top Hispanics to watch, and El Diario de la Prensa voted her as one of the most influential Latinas. She truly is an exceptional woman, a role model that girls and women of all ages can look up to. She is committed to her work, she has a great family, and she stays away from scandals. There are not many TV personalities like her nowadays, so no wonder that she was chosen as the news anchor of one of the most watched TV shows in America, The Today Show.

Special Editions Of The Today Show In The Early 1950s

The Today Show is one of the most beloved televised shows that air in America. It is presented each and every single morning on NBC. The show debuted on January 14, 1952 and it was a total premiere, as no other television in the world had such a show. Initially it was only in weekdays, but in time it was prolonged. The creator of Today is Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. and working on it in present are Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Al Rocker, Willard Scott, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.

In the first years of the show, there were several special editions that remained in the memory of the public. The first edition of this type was on February 6, 1952, at less than a month after the launch of the show. King George VI of Britain died that day and all the schedule was left aside to debate this topic. In March, NBC made a special edition with Time Magazine and the first half hour of the March 31st edition was anchored by Jim Fleming, Jack Lescoulie and Dave Garroway. July had the last special edition of the first year of Today. Since July 21 to July 26, Chicago was the host of a special event, Democratic National Convention. With this opportunity, Garroway anchored the show from Chicago, to make sure all the Americans have the chance to see the convention. The audience was estimated at about 70,000,000 people.

1953 came with a special event, thus special Today edition immediately after the show had one year. On January 20, the first inauguration of new president Dwight Eisenhower took place and Jim Fleming was in New York to present all that happened there. For the first time in the history of television, a Vidicon portable TV camera was used, by NBC special correspondent Merrill Mueller. When Joseph Stalin died in March, the Today Show aired another special edition. The anchors of the show were the first to talk about the Soviet leader’s death, thanks to the time difference between Moscow and New York. Until mid 1950s, it was just one more special edition of Today. On June 2, 1953, the coronation of Elisabeth II took place and NBC collaborated with BBC for a special transmission of the important event. Commentary and analysis was made on the topic and the show had a huge audience.

The Anchors and Today Girls of the Today Show

Today Show is one of the most famous television shows in the States that airs every morning on NBC. The show debuted on January 14 1952 and it is the first of its genre on American television and the world. Television stations all around the world have taken after the model of Show and have their own version. Originally, the show broadcasted two hours on weekdays and eventually expanded to weekends. Today was the first of its genre when it first signed on with host Dave Garroway. The show successfully blends national news headlines, in depth interviews with newsmakers, lifestyle features, other light news and gimmicks, including the presence of chimpanzee J.Fred Muggs as the show’s mascot during the early years. It has spawned several other shows of a similar type, including ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, and the Canadian series.

The show is filmed and produced at studio 1A in Rockefeller Centre, New York, just across from NBC headquarters at the GE Building. The studio is located right next to the street and many times the hosts do the weather or other events from outside. Today was the brainchild of Pat Weaver, who was the then vice-president of NBC. Later, he became president of the company from 1953 to 1955, and then served as chairman of the board for another year. The show is currently hosted by Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer. Al Roker does weather updates and An Curry reads news headlines. Gene Shalit is the entertainment critic. Previous hosts have included Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, and Floyd Kalber. Popular former weathercaster Willard Scott still appears on the show daily doing the 100th birthday announcements he first became famous for in the 1980s.

From 1952 to 1964, a notable member of the cast was a woman, often an entertainer, the Today Girl. Usually, she would discuss fashion and lifestyle, report the weather, cover lighter fare stories or engage in verbal jousting with Garroway. Estelle Parsons was the first to hold the job, though her title at the time was Women’s Editor. Upon her departure in 1955, the The Today Girl name was adopted. The last to hold this position, Barbara Walters, discussed her job in her autobiography. She wrote that it was the era before the Women’s Movement, and it was believed that nobody could take a woman reporter seriously. In 1966, Walters was promoted to co-host alongside Hugh Downs. Today Show was and still is a great show.

Style And Fashion On Today Show Programs

The Today Show is the morning program with which all people love to wake up. The most important thing about the program is that is offers a variety of information suitable for people of all ages. Topics approached range from all the most interesting things that a person should learn about in the morning. The style and fashion segment of the morning show is one preferred by all women, who want to know what are the latest trends, what can be taken from the looks of the stars and what are the suggestions for approaching the latest trends and styles. With the help of the show any woman can look her best everyday.

There are fashion and beauty tips for the segment of the program, which range from all sorts of sources and elements. The style options that are presented can help women find suitable clothing pieces for their figures, find the best options for makeup and dressing at work, but also for a variety of special occasions and all sorts of other related pieces of advice. In addition to this, some of the styles presented are inspired from the world of the celebrities, from a specific red carpet outfit that has attracted the attention of the whole world, which is recreated or which inspires a suitable outfit for the budgets of the regular working women. The variety of the information given on fashion and styles is very helpful and suitable for all ages.

With the help of the Today Show, women know how to dress and accessorize in a better way. This topic of the program is created with the support of specialists in the domain, so that they can present an accurate and qualitative perspective in terms of fashion and style for the women watching. There are many great tips and tricks even for those women who think that they know it all in terms of fashion and style, as the program can teach them how to expand their knowledge on the matter and how to do more with the things they know. The Today Show is a great inspirational source for fashion and style, as well as for many other topics which are presented during the course of the program. For this reason and many more, the show has been on for a long period of time and has massive audiences.