For the first time since her abrupt and emotional departure from "Today"in late June, Ann Curry appeared alongside her former co-host Matt Lauer on Thursday morning in a live broadcast from the London Olympics. In contrast to the spectacle surrounding her farewell, Curry's interaction with her colleague was both tear-free and mercifully brief, but not entirely without tension.
Curry was ousted from her job as co-host of "Today" after a yearlong decline at the once-invincible morning franchise, which saw its 16-year ratings winning streak snapped earlier this year byABC's"Good Morning America." Although Curry took the blame for the stumble, her exit has not put an end to "Today's" woes.
NBC initially tried to soften the blow of Curry's very public demotion by granting her a new role as "anchor-at-large" for "Today" and also promised her the opportunity to report from the London Olympics. But it has taken two weeks for that chance to materialize, fueling speculation that "Today" had scaled back her coverage in order to spotlight her replacement, Savannah Guthrie.
FOR THE RECORD:
Ann Curry: An article in the Aug. 10 Calendar section about Ann Curry's return to "Today" said that she and Matt Lauer were on the morning show together when Curry reported from Aurora, Colo., last month. Lauer was not on with her; his current co-host, Savannah Guthrie, was.
On Thursday, a relaxed-looking Lauer acknowledged the reunion with an enthusiastic "nice to see you," but Curry seemed to be less effusive. "Good morning, Matt," she replied curtly, before diving right into a profile of Olympics photographer Adam Pretty.