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.”
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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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