Former “TODAY” co-anchor Ann Curry is engaged in a bitter battle with NBC executives as she attempts to get out of her contract with them to take a job at CNN.
NBC execs made their “offer” in exchange for Ann staying off air for six months. The popular journalist and host is said to find those terms unacceptable as she wants to get started at CNN as soon as possible.
Ann’s bosses apparently see it’s for the best to let her go if she doesn’t want to stay with them. But they have no intention of just handing over such a popular anchor on a plate to CNN.
Matt Lauer has even waded into the argument on Ann’s behalf, asking them to release her. But now the suits are disagreeing how long she must spend off air before taking up a position at CNN.
“NBC has made it clear that if they let Ann out of her contract, they want to keep her off the air of a competing network for at least six months,” a source reported.
But Ann does not accept these terms. Since she was dumped from her “TODAY” role her on-screen time has diminished, and with a further six-month hiatus, she feels her career would be finished.
As we all know, Curry’s departure from “TODAY” was disastrous for NBC, and for Matt Lauer. Having held the top ratings spot for over ten years, the show took a massive nosedive in possibility when Ann was dumped. Matt has taken the flak for much of that.
But he has always supported Ann Curry’s attempts to be released from her contract. He recently told his bosses at NBC that his former “TODAY” co-anchor Curry should be set free immediately so the respected journalist can take a job at CNN.
Ann wants to move stations next month. Her old boss Jeff Zucker is looking to put her in Anderson Cooper‘s current 8 pm EST slot. If NBC have their way she will have to wait a lot longer than that.