Ann Curry is reportedly getting at least $10 million when she leaves NBC’s “Today” show, America’s No. 1 morning show, thanks to a nice severance package and a three-year contract.
Most people found themselves shocked that the network pulled the host from the show as a foreign correspondent. She’s now unemployed, without a job, but her finances are still in good shape because she will continue to be paid for the next three years. It’s a contract that has a $10 million golden parachute.
Curry, 55, took the gig over a year ago from Meredith Vieira. “Today” is the No. 1 morning show, but its ratings have eroded of late, and many believe she is fulfilling the role of the sacrificial lamb as the network scrambles to reboot, with some whispering about her lack of “chemistry” with cohost Matt Lauer.
When the news of her supposed departure started making the rounds last week, there was some speculation that she wouldn’t show up for work. Throughout this ordeal — which, we need to stress, is still rumored! — she has remained the picture of poise and grace. Even her Twitter account yields no hint that anything is amiss.
Nonetheless, the media’s new favorite parlor game is “Who will replace Ann Curry?”
According to the N.Y. Daily News, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are seen as the front-runners for the gig.
Robert Barnett, the high-profile Washington, D.C., attorney who represents Curry, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that he had no comment on rumors about her fate.