Ann Curry "Humiliated" by Today Firing, Mocked by Producers for Fashion Choices

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Excerpts from a new book have been released and they echo a previous report regarding Ann Curry and her firing from Today:

Matt Lauer may suck, but producers were to blame for the horrible situation at that NBC program.

Ann Curry Yellow Dress

In "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV," Brian Stelter writes that Curry received never-ending flak from those around her, with one staff members telling the author:

"A lot of time in the control room was spent making fun of Ann's outfit choices or just generally messing with her."

Case in point?

The yellow dress above, a photo of which employees reportedly posted backstage alongside a picture of Big Bird and the caption: Who Wore It Best?

Among other ways in which higher-ups made fun of Curry, according to the book:

  • Executive Producer Jim Bell "commissioned a blooper reel of Curry's worst on-air mistakes."
  • Prior to her ousting in June, boxes of Curry's items went missing and somehow ended up in a coat closet.
  • It was known around the office that Bell wanted to replace Curry with Savannah Guthrie and even referred to the plans to fire her as "Operation Bambi."

Bell has denied these charges, which were published today in The New York Times.

As for Curry? She is trying to stay out of the spotlight, hanging out at her family house in Connecticut.

The reporter remains "profoundly hurt and humiliated" by her dismissal, Stelter writes, concluding: "She told friends that her final months were a form of professional torture."

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I thought Ann Curry was always classy and I enjoyed her genuine care & concern for people, not just the story and ratings. I will not watch The Today Show after knowing they could treat another person in this manner. Ann is showing what kind of a person she is by not putting herself in the spotlight, but Matt is al over the networks. This speaks volumes. Hope Ann comes out stronger than ever and look forward to seeing her again soon!

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The incompetent low-lives than fired Ann should be ashamed of themselves- if they wanted to find a scapegoat they should look at the clown roker and the jerk lauer first and then fire themselves. Since Ann is an outstanding journalist and a great CLASSY person. She doesn't deserve to be around trash like these. I and many of our neighbors and friends don't watch the show anymore because the way they treated ANN.
MIKEUSA

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savannah was totally goofy it was hard to watch her w/out being embarassed 4 her. I thought it was a sleeping situation & reading this is sounds even more like it. we loved Ann & if ur a family u don't do what they did..thats why i no longer watch now its CBS...gail kinda sux but I have always loved Charlie Rose....

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Al Roker IS a clown. With his food programs that went off the air. Matt Lauer look at his behavior. Bring back the morals clause to contracts

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And her firing was the last time i watched that program. Lauer is a jerk.. Roker some sort of clown. It is unwatchable..

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I've stopped watching the TODAY show because of the way Ann was treated. Like any one of the one's left have any greatness they can brag about, (including a producer). You've lost more than Ann Curry, many of your viewers have left also.

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In my opinion they bullied her. I think she should sue them, it is only fair. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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I miss Ann. She was and will remain my favorite. They need to bring her back.

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ok, you just asked for it: WOMEN STRIKES BACK!!

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@ abe

i think you mean ...strip back

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