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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:

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.

Ann Curry on Halloween
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“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.