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Meredith Vieira REJECTS NBC Offer

to Replace Ann Curry

6/21/2012 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NBC secretly offered Meredith Vieira a big contract to replace Ann Curry on the "Today" show ... but she turned them down.

Sources connected with the network tell TMZ ... the offer was made approximately two weeks ago but Meredith wasn't interested in returning to the show she anchored for 6 years.

TMZ broke the story back in April ... Ann Curry was on her way out, partly because NBC was unhappy with her performance, partly because the ratings started to suck, and partly because Matt Lauer didn't like working with her.

As we reported, when Matt re-signed with "Today," he made it clear he wanted a new co-anchor, but NBC delayed making an immediate change because the network didn't want to make it look like a big foot on Matt's part.

From what we're hearing, Ann could be 86'd within a matter of weeks. 

As for who will replace Ann, network sources say the frontrunner is Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosts the third hour of "Today."

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151.

wifeofflyfisherman    

Jenna Wolfe would be awesome as co-host. Please please go with Jenna!!!!!

672 days ago
152.

dee    

Ann was good, but needed more zing. Need katie couric back. Savannah sucks, and has no get up and go to add to the show. I cannot stand her mouth, and she isnt the right fit

671 days ago
153.

jene    

I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED ANN CURRY SOME OF US OLDER ADULTS LIKE HAVING A MATURE PERSON LIKE HER ON THE TODAY SHOW...NOT ALL THE YOUNG MODEL LIKE WOMEN...ANN HAS EXPERIENCE HAS A MOTHER AND WIFE AND HAS A LOT MORE WISDOM THAN THE YOUNGER WOMEN...SHE HAS DONE ALL YOUR MOUNTAIN TRAVEL AND ETC. THE YOUNGER ONES WOULD NOT HAVE DONE ANY OF THAT..THEY JUST WANT TO LOOK PRETTY AND SLIM...KEEP ANN LET LAUER GO IF HE CANNOT BE DECENT TO HER...HE IS TO ARROGANT..

671 days ago
154.

fri1    

Love,Love ,Love Ann !!! Matt not so much. Savannah not at all! Savannah is the main reason I Ido not watch the show as often! If Ann goes ABC here I come.

671 days ago
155.

bx1111    

Sorry Ann we were never that into you. Your too stiff. Can we get Regis to come in with muddy boots and kick your behind out the door?

671 days ago
156.

Kristen    

Ann Curry was doing a fine job on the show and NBC will make a terrible mistake if they replace her with Hoda. Today does not deserve to be the top morning program if they get rid of Curry. Can't believe they think Lauer is worth a long expensive contract and then are getting rid of Ms. Curry. She was a positive to that show. Can't stand Matt Lauer either, so am glad Today is sinking in the ratings. May they drop even further if they replace Curry with Hoda. Big mistake and I hope ABC or CBS picks her up. The decline of Today show will continue and GMA will pick up more viewers. Shame on you NBC. I would boycott NBC but I don't watch any of their shows anyway.

670 days ago
157.

Janet Simon    

Please NOT Savannah Guthrie.

669 days ago
158.

anonymous 3    

Ann is the best one!!!! Today show rating started to sucks because of Matt Lauer!!! I really don't watch the Today show because of him.... He is soooooo annoying!! He should be fired now.....

668 days ago
159.

Donna Smith    

If Savannah is the new co-host, well then GMA just got one more viewer!!!

668 days ago
160.

Pauline Renshon    

Why did Matt Lauer feel the needed to get rid of Ann Curry as they have worked together for years. Did he feel threaten or his ego could not take how good she was??????????????????

666 days ago
161.

VictorK     

NBC will soon find out....... Beautiful Ann C didn't deserve that horrible treatment.

665 days ago
162.

mark tkannet    

ann cury departure will cost nbc a lot more than 10 million. the network could have at least given her a proper farewell. matt lauer is as warm as martha stewart. so long nbc, GOOD MORNING AMERICA

665 days ago
163.

lisa c    

I have a friend that encountered Ann Curry in Starbucks at last DNC. She said she was the nicest, funniest , and most down to earth person she had met in quite some time. Best wishes to Ann. I personally think people are sick of Lauer but thas jmo :)

663 days ago
164.

Miriam Brown    

what it was done Ann was discusting MSNBC should be ashamed and Matt Lauer is a Jerk, no more Today show, Good Morning America looks much better with better people.

648 days ago
165.

Linda Gastone    

Ann Curry was the most knowledgeable, honest and thorough newsperson since Barbara Walters and Jane Paulie. Your real problem is
Matt Lauer who has lost his academic and intelligent news self. He has become boring and self-centered. In addition, Al Rocker??? PLEASE
lets have a real meteorologist not a buffoon. Also, Guthrie, a pretty face with no depth. She should be ashamed and unable to look herself in the mirror!!. Another reason, your show has been losing ground is that it is all fluff and little, if any hard news. I stopped watching your pretend show the day you fired Ann. You will never regain your lead. I'd stop watching NBC entirely if I didn't like and respect Bryan Jennings and Lester Holt.

647 days ago
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