NBC has announced that correspondent and former Today host Ann Curry will be leaving the network to launch her own production company, reports Variety.
The announcement first reported by the New York Post puts an end to a rocky relationship during which Curry was unceremoniously pushed from the host chair at Today and sent to the journalistic equivalent of Siberia.
Some blame the bad karma of Curry’s ouster with Today’s fall from dominance to number two in the morning news race behind Good Morning America. Loyal Curry fans took to blaming Matt Lauer for orchestrating her departure and media coverage including Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV only reinforced those suspicions.
Curry left Today to become NBC’s international correspondent, but her exposure and prominence at the network clearly took a dip.
“We’re proud to support Ann in her new venture, and we look forward to more of her exceptional storytelling,” said Pat Fili-Krushel, chairman of NBCUniversal News Group. “She is committed to uncovering critical issues, humanizing them, and ultimately helping viewers understand and connect.”
Curry is clearly going to a better place. She has shown her journalistic chops and commitment to international coverage during an illustrious career.
With the cloud now lifted over her head, we look forward to following the next chapter in her life.