There has been a rotating door at NBC’s Today Show. While the boys seem to stay put -with Matt Lauer and Al Roker gracing the set for years and years – the girls seem to come and go. The newest lady to be leaving? Ann Curry. At least that’s what forecasters are predicting, but as of Thursday there has not been an official firing or ‘demotion’. In an ill-timed interview with the Ladies Home Journal Ann Curry shared that, “I’ve been at Today for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20.”
Ann has been the co-host of The Today Show for about a year, after Meredith Viera left the then number one rated show. But since she took the reigns the ratings have been slipping and although the Today Show staff reportedly adores Ann Curry, a replacement is being sought. But Ann Curry is dealing with it in her very calm and centered way.
“It makes it tough when everyone is commenting on it,” says Robert Thompson (via Forbes), the founding director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University. “If Ann doesn’t talk about it, then it’s not a big deal. She moved into the position quietly, and she can move out quietly without turning it into a massive story.” But the tide shift is big news no matter how you slice it
One of the biggest questions is the matter of who will take over Ann Curry’s job. Here are five options – who would you like to see take her place?
Natalie Morales 1 of 5Today Show's news anchor Natalie Morales is a steady and confident anchor at the news desk since the seat was left open when Ann Curry was given the co-hosting gig. She is a mom of two who has a youthful energy that would be a great match for Matt Lauer, and since she is already in the family, it would be an easy transition.
Savannah Guthrie 2 of 5Chief Legal Analyst Savannah Guthrie may not have had enough time behind the news desk, but her good looks and cheery disposition would be a fine fit for the job. She doesn't have any kids yet, but she forty so she still has time.
Katie Couric 3 of 5Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were an unstoppable team and some feel the show has gone downhill since her departure. She's had her own issues with ratings, maybe her career can be revitalized by returning to the show that made her a household name.
Tamron Hall 4 of 5Tamron Hall is the anchor for NewsNation on MSNBC tacking a wide array of news coverage. She's tough, smart and charming and could be a strong contender for the co-host seat. She guests on the Today Show so she is so stranger to the cast and crew there.
Meredith Vieira 5 of 5Many thought that Meredith Viera would be a good option, coming back to the job she left just a year ago. According to TMZ, the Today Show offered her the job a couple of weeks ago but she turned them down. Apparently six years of co-hosting was enough for her.
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