Ann Curry on Today Show Ratings Slip: My Bad?

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With rumors swirling over Ann Curry's upcoming exit on The Today Show, a couple of poorly-timed incidents this week made life extra difficult for the NBC reporter.

First, there was the following caption, which ran underneath an interview Curry was conducting yesterday morning and which was meant to tease an appearance by Steve Carell - but which clearly, accidentally, also had a double meaning:

Ann Curry Today Show Photo

Then there's the latest cover of Ladies' Home Journal. It features Curry and the accompanying story finds her discussing The Today Show's recent ratings woes.

"It's hard not to take it personally," Curry tells the magazine. "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. 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."

She seems like a nice, professional woman. NBC should really do Curry the favor of not dragging out this firing any longer than it has to.

Earlier this week, sources claimed Meredith Vieira was asked to come back to her old job, but turned Today down.

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If ann goes so will i,shame on the network

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It's not Ann Curry, the show has become boring. There is no spontaneity. I don't see the rapport that GMA has between the cast. I know longer watch the "Today Show" because of that. GMA makes me laugh. We need a good laugh to start off the day. We see enough drama in the news. Lighten up Today Show. Lynn

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I am so sad that Ann Curry is leaving the Today Show. She is a wonderful, profesional, asset to the show. I do not watch any other network because they don't provide the welcome atmosphere that I feel on this show.I however do always turn the channel when Hoda and Kathie Lee come on. I am appauled at the constant comments to alcohol!!!!!! With so many people in our world that struggle with this disease, it is sad that they see that it is funny. In my estimation, the hiring of Kathie Lee was a biGGGGGGGGGGGGGG mistake for NBC. She has brought Hoda down to a level that is disgusting!Get rid of Kathie Lee and keep Ann Curry!

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Firing Ann Curry is a huge mistake. She gave intelligence, sincerety, and poise to the show, qualities not all the others display. One person is not the reason the show's ratings may be dropping. There are a lot of other factors: format, writing, guests, regular segments, other cast members (?). Someone really didn't think this through.

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As soon as I heard the news today, I e-mailed the Today Show and said, "Shame on you Today Show for blaming Ann Curry for your falling ratings. What about Mr. Lauer who has become a bit pompous since you renewed his contract for an outrageous amount?" I personally plan to boycott the Today Show just as soon as Ann leaves and I will watch Good Morning America. I suggest everyone else do the same and maybe the Today Show ratings will continue to fall and they will see that Ann is not the problem. Hey, maybe GMA will hire Ann Curry and help GMA to continue to surpass the Today Show in the ratings. Join me everyone!!! Let's boycott the Today Show. Gail

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Ann Curry is absolutely terrible and unwatchable. I cannot overstate my hatred here. Her endless stuttering and stumbling over words, disingenuous fawning over guests and idiotic opinions will not be missed. She is a total phony and it appears that is finally catching up to her. I like Matt, Al, Natalie and Savannah (I hope she is named as the full time replacement).

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So sorry to see Ann go as she was the only person on the show made it real, Matt is a bore and don't see why women think he is good looking Not!!!!!

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I will miss Ann, I also agree that the show has become boring, needs new faces and more upbeat attitudes, like GMA.
Everyone needs to take responsibility for the lack of interesting content and boring personalities.

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Hate to see Ann Curry leave. Like her, but it's the show's guest and segments that have become boring . Savannah is not the answer. She's boring!! Natalie Morales is great. Matt is becoming stale and his ego is getting the best of him.

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Matt Lauer, "the mole" is the one who needs to go. I never did see what all the fuss about him was. Just tune into GMA and see the rapport and comraderie between the hosts and you might just become a regular. The hosts truly enjoy each other and their enthusiasm is infectious!

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