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June 25, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Ann Curry is reportedly getting at least $10 million to leave "Today," the nation's No. 1 morning show. If TMZ's "network sources" are correct, Curry will find herself amid the ranks of millions of Americans who are out of a job, albeit with a nice chunk of severance thanks to a three-year contract guaranteeing her that amount annually. Also, unlike the rest of those unemployed Americans, the journalist probably doesn't have to worry too much about where her next paycheck - or her next job - will come from.
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October 7, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
"Today" has lost its biggest fan: Linny Boyette, who made the trek to Rockefeller Plaza to join the show's live audience nearly every weekday for the past 20 years, died Sunday due to complications from a heart attack . He was 71, according to "Today. " The program confirmed the sad news Sunday night via Twitter , where Meredith Vieira and Willie Geist both mourned his passing. On Monday morning, the show aired a segment remembering Boyette, a military veteran who lived in the Bronx.
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July 20, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Just weeks after her tearful departure from the co-hosting job on NBC's "Today" show, Ann Curry is back. She's traveling to Aurora, Colo., to co-anchor "Today" on Saturday and Sunday with her studio replacement, Savannah Guthrie. When Curry departed "Today" on June 28 after 15 years on the program and just one year as co-anchor, she announced she would be staying at NBC to lead up a team tasked with reporting on the world's biggest stories. The mass shooting of moviegoers at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" is the first major story she's going to get the chance to report.
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September 12, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The "Today" couch just got a little more crowded: Carson Daly will be joining the NBC morning show as host of the "Orange Room," a brand new digital studio that will be unveiled Monday. "I think a lot of people associate me with nighttime," Daly said. "But truth be told I'm more of a morning person. "  The "Orange Room" will be a place "where 'The Today Show' viewer will feel like they have a home," Daly said.  The space, a "casual, lounge-like setting,"  will provide a "nexus point between the 'Today' audience and the show," NBC elaborated in a press statement.  INTERACTIVE: Fall 2013 TV preview Daly, who rose to fame as host of MTV's "Total Request Live" during the late '90s teen-pop heyday and has been a frequent guest host on "Today," described the show as "'TRL' for grown-ups" and characterizes his new role on the show as a "digital doorman.
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August 9, 2012 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
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.
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September 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before once again ignoring the launch of a new iPhone. The Skinny: I'm starting my list for things to atone for next week and I fear I'll run out of paper. Well, at least I don't have to atone for this column yet. Tuesday's headlines include a nonprofit's plans to archive TV newscasts, more legal problems for News International and a look at what's going on at "Today" since Ann Curry left. Daily Dose: Netflix is getting a new look for iPhones and iPod Touch.
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June 21, 2012 | By Scott Collins
By now, it seems clear that Ann Curry won't see many more todays at "Today. " Over the past 24 hours, a flurry of reports - led by a New York Times blog post - have ramped up speculation that NBC is about to boot Curry, who cohosts the No. 1 morning show with Matt Lauer. And these stories come on top of months of rumors about her future: In March, the website Gawker featured an item with the demure headline: "Ann Curry Will Be Fired As Co-Host of the'Today Show' Because Everybody Hates Her. "  Curry said nothing about the gossip on Thursday's program, although online wags made great sport of a chyron (industry-speak for the headlines on the bottom third of the TV screen)
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April 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
According to a new book about the world of network morning shows, ousted "Today" show co-host Ann Curry described her final days regularly appearing on the show as "professional torture. " An excerpt of the book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV," by New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, appearing in the New York Times Magazine, says the main person behind Curry's ouster was "Today" executive producer Jim Bell, who called his plan to get rid of Curry "Operation Bambi.
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July 18, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Ann Curry has had many defenders in her recent battle with NBC and “Today,” whose co-host chair she was, of course, forced to vacate. But the TV personality doesn't win any sympathy from one prominent former"Today"figure. Bryant Gumbel, the broadcaster who presided over the morning program for 15 years, said he feels Curry has received overly favorable treatment. Curry's ouster, Gumbel believes, was a simple matter of ratings, and he wonders why so many observers and commentators have rallied so vocally to her defense.
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August 24, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Despite what you might think, Robin Roberts insists she wasn't happy to see her morning rival Ann Curry ousted from “Today” back in June. In an appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Thursday night, Roberts and her “Good Morning America” colleagues George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and Josh Elliott discussed their recent triumph over NBC's once-invulnerable morning show. “Good Morning America” beat “Today” for the first time in 16 years this April, a position they have regained since the Olympics wrapped up last week.
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September 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Matt Lauer is still mad about the Ann Curry mess -- and he's blaming the media. In an  interview with Esquire, the co-host of NBC's "Today" blasted reporters for laziness in reporting rumors during the shake-up that led to Curry's tearful ouster from the show in 2012. "I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact," Lauer said. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But he was in a difficult position, he added.
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June 26, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Television Critic
Did no one pay attention when David Letterman, forced by a blackmailer to make an adulterous affair public, revealed the secret to handling a personal scandal? You show up, own up and shut up. Unfortunately, celebrity chef Paula Deen opted for the Richard Nixon approach Wednesday morning on "Today. " There finally, after bailing last minute last week, the 66-year-old chef was defensive, self-pitying and more than a little paranoid as she tried to explain herself to Matt Lauer in wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.
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May 29, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Katie Couric revealed this week that the possibility of reuniting with Matt Lauer on "Today" was talked about at one time. Couric, who has her own syndicated talk show, "Katie," appeared on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show on Tuesday and talked about the possibility of she and her former co-anchor getting back together. Stern told Couric that she should step in and straighten out the troubles at "Today," which began with the ousting of co-anchor Ann Curry last summer. Now the once top-rated morning show is trailing ABC's "Good Morning America.
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May 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Thursday evening, viewers of "NBC Nightly News" got a familiar face they haven't seen much of in recent months. Ann Curry, the ousted former co-host of "Today," was the fill-in anchor for Brian Williams . Curry has been largely absent from TV screens since she was fired from her "Today" gig last summer. Though she chose to remain employed by NBC News after the ouster, she's only reported on a handful of stories. Though she was a regular fill-in anchor on "Nightly News" during her time on "Today," Thursday was the first time she's been there since her tearful "Today" departure.
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May 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Deborah Turness, who on Monday was named president of NBC News, will make the rounds at the unit Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with other top network executives as well as key producers and talent. It will probably be the first of many visits for Turness before she officially take the reins of NBC News on Aug. 5. The almost three-month wait for Turness to start was part of the network's agreement with her current employer -- Britain's ITV News. Turness, who is editor of ITV News, will help choose her successor there before relocating to New York.
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May 3, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
If there are two hosts who know just what it's like to be at the center of a public-relations storm, it's Matt Lauer and Jay Leno. Although both personalities have seen their once-sterling reputations take a beating in recent years , they've handled their situations quite differently, with Leno repeatedly using his monologue to bash executives at beleaguered NBC, and Lauer mostly turning the ridicule on himself . In a chat Thursday...
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September 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Matt Lauer is still mad about the Ann Curry mess -- and he's blaming the media. In an  interview with Esquire, the co-host of NBC's "Today" blasted reporters for laziness in reporting rumors during the shake-up that led to Curry's tearful ouster from the show in 2012. "I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact," Lauer said. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But he was in a difficult position, he added.
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June 28, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Ann Curry will leave "Today" on Thursday -- but it doesn't sound like she'll be leaving with a smile. In an interview with USA Today, the 55-year-old newswoman confirmed that she will exit as cohost of the NBC morning news show and that the departure was most definitely not voluntary. Rumors have swirled about her tenure since earlier this year and exploded earlier this month after the New York Times reported that NBC executives were preparing to push her out. "I don't know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they've hurt deeply," Curry was quoted as saying.
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April 26, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Matt Lauer's public popularity may be in the dumps, but he still has at least one ally on "Today": Kathie Lee Gifford. The co-host of "Today's" boozy fourth hour recently attempted to show support for the embattled Lauer by circulating a letter expressing kind words and staff love, according to a report in the New York Daily News. The letter, which Gifford had planned to publish as a full-page ad in USA Today before Lauer put a stop to it, was filled with signatures of "Today" staffers, including Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.
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April 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
According to a new book about the world of network morning shows, ousted "Today" show co-host Ann Curry described her final days regularly appearing on the show as "professional torture. " An excerpt of the book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV," by New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, appearing in the New York Times Magazine, says the main person behind Curry's ouster was "Today" executive producer Jim Bell, who called his plan to get rid of Curry "Operation Bambi.
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