"Today" show co-anchor Ann Curry, who took the job last year, could be shown the door as early as next week, New York Times says
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The New York Times reports that Curry — who replaced Meredith Vieira as co-anchor on NBC's morning show "Today" last year — is on her way out, with a decision coming as early as next week.
According to the Times, NBC executives are negotiating with Curry in an effort to find a different position for her, possibly as a foreign correspondent. The Times' Brian Stelter writes that Curry, who is reluctant to give up the position that she assumed a mere year ago, has hired attorney Robert Barnett — who represented Christiane Amanpour during her exit from ABC News' "This Week" — to represent her in the negotiations.
Barnett had no comment for TheWrap.
“She got her dream job, and she doesn’t want to let it go,” one source told the Times.
The negotiations reportedly began several weeks ago.
A spokeswoman for NBC declined to comment .
One source told the Times that the network is hoping to complete Curry's departure by the Summer Olympics, which kick off in July, so the network — which is airing the Olympics — can move forward to the Games with a clean slate.
“They feel real pressure to get it done by the Olympics,” the individual said.
If NBC does decide to replace Curry on "Today," concerns about waning ratings could be at the heart of it; in April, "Good Morning America" beat "Today" in total viewership for a full week, the first time that "GMA" could claim such a victory in 16 years.