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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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31.

cindyloo    

Get rid of Lauer.

770 days ago
32.

parlayer    

Don't like Ann, or Matt. don't watch anyway there way to softball on the left and hardball to the right, i/w biased thru and thru. i/e boring lies 24/7

770 days ago
33.

LMC    

Don't care for Ann or Savannah.

770 days ago
34.

RaineeDrops    

Who would want to work for the Today Show if this sort of thing gets leaked to publicly humiliate someone who has devoted years to them? So wrong.

If true, then it should remain inside the business not be leaked to the media. Whomever is leaking it should be the one fired.

770 days ago
35.

cindyloo    

So....maybe someone could start a Facebook save Ann's job page?

770 days ago
36.

Truth    

UMM... WHY WUD MEREDITH TAKE HER OLD JOB BACK ANYWAY? DINT SHE LEAVE TO TAKE CARE OF HER SICK DYING HUSBAND?? #TRUTH!!

770 days ago
37.

carol    

I like her but I never thought she would make it in that position. She is too soft spoken - doesn't project her voice well and therefore comes across as boring As far as Matt is concerned, if he said he didn't like working with her, he needs to get his butt kicked and get off that high horse of his. He's no wonder boy himself.

770 days ago
38.

Bloorain82    

This is cazy. They didn't give Ann nearly enough time and Savannah is a rough interviewer and reporter. I don't like watching her interviews at all. Ann has a warm demeanor and a sensitive side which comes across and makes you want to watch.

770 days ago
39.

jim    

I am glad she turned it down.
Hta off to her.
Matt is the one that shouldhad been let go.

Meredith is a good person and feel she did not take the job because of feeling toward Ann who they both had worked together before.

Matt I can only wish you well and we will see in the weeks to come how many women will be watching.

NBC let this happen.

770 days ago
40.

schoen1    

I have never liked GMA ever since that chauvanist David Hartman was host. If they have to replace Ann, I think Natalie Morales would be preferable to Savannah. Ann will land on her feet doing hard news for NBC or some other network.

770 days ago
41.

Hank    

Matt Lauer needs to go. They overpaid this moron and now are trying to save this mess. Who watches anything on NBC anyway the whole network sucks.

770 days ago
42.

Superman    

Matt Lauer is just a lecher that wants a co-host that he can perv on. And Savannah Guthrie fits the bill. Savannah is cute, 14 years younger than him, and separated from her husband. NBC should have gotten rid of him, instead of giving him a ridiculous huge contract.

770 days ago
43.

lrud99    

Matt is the one who needs to go!! I will stop watching for sure if they drop Ann.

770 days ago
44.

Beaners    

Ann Curry is a sweetheart, maybe they should DUMP Matt and KathyLee!

770 days ago
45.

Carrie    

NBC should get rid of Matt Lauer. He's a prissy, arrogant bore and the reason I hardly ever watch the Today Show anymore.

770 days ago
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