It's "going to be a bit of a tough day," says Curry, stepping down after a year on the show and amid fevered speculation about her future.
Last week I wrote in my blog about the future of Ann Curry stating that, in spite of rumours she'd actually leave the network if she was replaced as the co-host of the Today Show, NBC would find a way to take care of her, to take care of top talent, as it were.
And they did.
As I stated last week, I've interviewed Ann a number of times and I've always found her available, intelligent and funny. She's well-liked within the network. She's also a pretty solid journalist as well. I figured NBC would have plenty of places to plug her into its many programs. It does and they did.
But make no mistake about it, it's horrific being replaced from what you have called your "dream job." Especially after just one year.
However, Today is in an unfamiliar spot. It's not longer the King of the morning shows. GMA has beat it a number of times this Spring. While Today is somewhat innovative (very innovative for old-school morning tv, but limited in other media) and has some very talented people, espesh those behind the scenes folks and the crews who pull off all the live remote broadcasts, (which I've seen first hand with Matt Lauer in Paris, Zermatt and Cannes), it's a prisoner of it's own success and the times.
By that I mean the very nature of it's success also brings with it the inability to change in a striking way. You can't turn an ocean liner around quickly. Nor, in most cases, would you want to. What I mean by that is while Today was kicking serious ass for years, the last five or so saw the world in which we get our media changing. NBC's internet and app deficiencies are well documented. Conan, wanna chime in?
Hulu is a good thing, but that wasn't all NBC.
Maybe NBC is thinking Ryan Seacrest is it's way to infuse the "new" to it's brands...Today, et al. I'll be very interested to see how that plays out. To me, ABC's GMA seems to be the pushing a very stiff morning envelope, even in something as simple as the fun and unpredictability factor.
NBC-Uni-Comcast-GE-Microwaves, Inc. is a behometh. The renaissance at The Weather Channel is excellent. The leadership with David Kenny is refreshing. So, it can happen within NBC-Uni-Comcast-GE-Microwaves, Inc.
So, back to Ann Curry saying goodbye today on Today. She'll still have a great gig doing what she does best. And, even tho' GMA is beating Today in the ratings on occasion, Today is still pretty damn successful. But in morning show history, there is always a capitulation point where the baton is passed. With the Summer Olympics around the corner, the baton will continue to be in the hands of Today, for now. Then comes the fall...as in September or "the fall".