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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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76.

Best Mom    

I think Ann Curry does an "ok" job - the only thing that bothers me about her is her voice - it's monotone and boring.

764 days ago
77.

Missy    

And Ann is terrible at speaking. She can't string together 2 words without making a mistake.

764 days ago
78.

EastCoastChopper    

I also know Connie Chung was offered the gig but Povich said heyall no!

764 days ago
79.

wokka    

I love savvanah smart kinda pretty and a great porn star

764 days ago
80.

little mama    

What kind of a man is Matt Lauer? Is he a DIVA or what? Meredith showed she is a lady for not accepting the position. She probably had enough of the KING LAUER. Matt is not so special in my opinion.

764 days ago
81.

Tereza    

This bites! I could not stand Vieira on Today... and having Ann Curry - who is a smart, hard hiting - not to mention beautiful, journalist - must have been more than Matt could handle. He doesn't own that show and I don't watch it for HIM. I watch it as an ensemble. So, if you must replace Ann (she isn't the reason the ratings declined) consider Jenna Wolfe (cohost on Sunday mornings.) I see something special in her!

764 days ago
82.

sally    

How is it Ann's fault that ratings are down? Could it be that it's Matt or the production that makes a ****ty program?! The woman even continued her sergment in the dark when all the lights went out in the studio. Mattie wouldn't have even thought to do so! HELLOOOOO!

764 days ago
83.

Zeig    

When will nbc realize that Matt Lauer is the real problem, not some feminazi twit like Ann or Meridith the sex screamer.

764 days ago
84.

Ih8Taxes    

Who cares? They're all a bunch of stale / fake individuals that would sell their own mother if it meant a few extra ratings points.

764 days ago
85.

JaundicedEye    

Wow. The Jay Leno vs. Conan personnel management mentality continues to prevail at Nothing But Crap.

764 days ago
86.

Denver    

"The network didnt want to make it look like a big foot on Matt's part". Nice writing.

763 days ago
87.

penny    

I just want Meredith back and as of far matt goes he does have alot to say about the show when he just works forthe network. I miss Meredith and Ann Curry okay, Matt talks alot even if it is not his own show. I like Savannah she is kind and I like her clothes and energy.

763 days ago
88.

gcollins    

there's absolutely nothing wrong with ann it's the other two females that have made me turn away from the show ....... did you see the frog segment..... that was the day i shut it off...... how can you have a show like that with hosts that are afraid of bugs and animals and the girlie screams...... let me just bash my head against the wall...

763 days ago
89.

chp4242    

OMG!!!! NOT Savannah Guthrie. She adds absolutely nothing to the Today Show. Ann Curry is getting a bad deal, I think she is competent and does really good pieces for NBC. why not give the spot next to Matt to Natalie Morales? I have been watchng the Today show for an era, but will definitely not cotton to Guthrie. Let's face it Meredith (and katie) are hard acts to follow. The choices for those of us without cable are slim these days. CBS has Sleepy slumped over Charlie Rose with the name-dropping useless (in her position) Gale King. and ABC has turned into the clown family. I think Al Roker, as nice as he is, is pretty much run as far as he can go. That's all folks

763 days ago
90.

Barbara    

What is Savannah doing sleeping with Matt. He is a piece of crap and I will switch networks for the morning show ABC sounds good these days

763 days ago
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