New Era Begins on the Today Show
NBC is facing fallout over replacing Ann Curry on the Today show as comments are flooding in from angry viewers. INSIDE EDITION reports.
A new era began on the Today show as Savannah Guthrie took over Ann Curry's co-anchor chair. The lack of fanfare was carefully calculated.
A source told the New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, "The priority now [is] protecting Mr. Lauer and Ms. Guthrie from the wrath of Ms. Curry's fans, thousands of whom posted angry comments online after her announcement...the Today show is an American institution, it's bigger than any one person. It's about protecting the franchise and making the franchise bigger and better."
Everyone is still talking about Curry's tearful goodbye.
She spoke directly to viewers, telling them, "For you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try."
Former Today show co-host Katie Couric spoke out in an interview on Spreecast saying, "It broke my heart to see Ann, I know she's suffering. This kind of tumult is hard for everyone."
New York Post columnist, Andrea Peyser, wrote of Curry's farewell, "It was a snuff film."
The Daily News called it, "Downright painful."
The Huffington Post noted that, "After fifteen years on the show, Curry was given a brief four minutes and twenty-three seconds to say goodbye to her audience," without any look back at her most memorable moments on the show.
Now everyone's wondering about Curry's replacement, Savannah Guthrie.
Guthrie is 40 years old. She grew up in Arizona and graduated from Georgetown Law School. She got the hightest score of the year when she passed the Arizona bar exam.
Now, she faces her biggest challenge yet in the wake of a controversial turnover.
Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter told INSIDE EDITION, "We'll have to wait and see if Savannah's chemistry is an improvement, if viewers come back, if viewers hold a grudge against the show or Matt, because they perceive that maybe he pushed Ann out. There are all these variables and we just don't know how they will play out."
Trending on Inside Edition
Tyre Nichols Bodycam Footage: Cities Prepare For Unrest After Release of Video Showing Fatal Police BeatingCrime
3rd Child Allegedly Strangled by Mom Lindsay Clancy, 8-Month-Old Callan Clancy, Dies in Hospital, DA SaysCrime
Bryan Kohberger Murder Case Prosecutors Turn Over Evidence, Including 1,865 Photos and 995 Pages of DocumentsCrime
What Is Ozempic Face? Woman Who Lost 68 Pounds on Diabetes Medication Says Her Face Felt Like It 'Was Melting'News
Florida Woman Accused of Defrauding Holocaust Survivor Out of $2.8M in Dating Scheme, DOJ SaysCrime
Athena Brownfield's Remains Formally Identified as Mourners Remember Slain 4-Year-OldCrime