Ann Curry on “Today” Criticism: “It’s Hard Not to Take it Personally”

Here’s a surprise: Ann Curry feels “hurt” by all the negative criticism surrounding her role as a co-anchor of NBC’s flagship morning program, The Today Show.

Curry, 55, is reportedly on her way out as co-host on the longrunning morning gabfest after low ratings and a lack of chemistry with male lead Matt Lauer. News of Ann’s firing was first reported by The New York Times on Wednesday.

Curry landed the promotion last year as a replacement for Meredith Vieira, who anchored the program for six years. A torpedo to the show’s once stellar ratings soon followed. Negotiations between Ann and NBC reportedly began after the show lost an 852-week winning streak in ratings to ABC’s Good Morning America last month.

Ann told Ladies’ Home Journal of the ratings debacle:

“It’s hard not to take it personally. You worry, am I not good enough? Am I not what people need? Am I asking the right questions? When people say negative things or speculate, you can’t help but feel hurt. I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for. I think about the people who watch. They’re the ones who matter to me. I want to feel I haven’t dropped the ball when it comes to them.”
Ideally, Curry would like to stay on at Today.

“I’ve been at Today for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20. I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.”

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