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Ann Curry

Negotiating Exit From NBC

Savannah Guthrie A Lock

6/26/2012 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ann Curry
and NBC are negotiating her exit from "Today" and the hang-up is money ...  sources connected with the network tell TMZ.

Our sources say Savannah Guthrie has already made her deal with the network to succeed Ann as co-anchor of "Today," but the snag is the amount of money Ann will get.

As we first reported, Ann gets $10 million a year. She is one year into a 3-year contract, and from what we're hearing NBC does not want to pay her $20 million for the balance of the contract.

Sources tell us Ann wants the full $20 mil and her exit papers. NBC wants to pay her $10 mil and give her a foreign correspondent job. And therein lies the hang-up. 

The network could pay her the $20 mil and then prohibit her from working anywhere else for 2 years.  But we're told they don't want to shell out that kind of dough, so Ann's lawyer and NBC are haggling.

NBC wants to make the switch quickly ... certainly before the Olympics so they can showcase Savannah. We're hearing the goal is to make the announcement late this week or early next.

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91.

Jen Thurston    

Lets NOT forget it was NBC that screwed over Conan & now Ann, I truly LOVE Ann & KNOW she will come back better than ever PLUS let Matt & the Newby FALL FLAT after Ann'is gone = Sweet Sweet Revenge!!

813 days ago
92.

Beatemdown    

Don't let NBC Screw you out of your money.. they don't want you, so **** them, let them pay you your 20 million if they want you to leave.. they suck

813 days ago
93.

sil    

Im sooo very sad Ann is leaving! I love to see her big smile every morning!

813 days ago
94.

Steve    

How many folks would still showing up to work after all bad press and does their job well? not many. Ann is by far a gem, I wouldn't doubt she'll be picked up by another network quickly. Al is great also, as for Matt, the way you act around your co host seems cold at times. By the way search for Ann Curry comedy on youtube, it shows how carefree, diverse she can be in any situation.

813 days ago
95.

hollis    

who gets to watch the today show?

813 days ago
96.

PrimaDiva    

Dont take that foreign correspondant job Ann. You paid your dues already. Enough is enough
Negotiate a NYC spot and stay close to home and fam.

813 days ago
97.

Bu    

Savannah Guthrie has the most annoying voice and she is just too boring and beige! Ashleigh Banfield should be Ann's replacement.

813 days ago
98.

jabby    

Good for her! Grab the money and find another network. I'm not a fan of hers but I hate it when employers try to backstab loyal employees.

813 days ago
99.

jamamama99    

i'm just sick that they are pushing Ann out the door. she has been a bright light on that show as long as i can remember. she is sympathetic in interviews, she has a beautiful voice, never skips a beat, is funny and her wardrobe style is all her own, bright colors, i just love her. and she was fantastic at the last two olympics.i've remained loyal to the today show as long as i can remember and i'm 61. but this one hurts. i'm not sure i'll stay with them if this really happens.

813 days ago
100.

Hawaiian cutie    

Stick to your guns, Ann!!! Get your $20M and laugh while you are limping to the bank. Don't let these big networks try to intimadate you. Hey, don't forget to apply for unemployment too.

813 days ago
101.

harleyharlett    

the news is saying it's not savanah, but they are trying to get Hoda Kotb

813 days ago
102.

Punko    

It is a damn shame that Ann Curry got fired. I have watched the Today show for years and now I will watch whatever is on the other shows. I think they should let the "Big Man" Matt Lauer go he stinks!

813 days ago
103.

dahman    

The problem with the Today show is nobody is loyal...you have Al doing his wake up with Al at the same time he is trying to think he is the man at the Today show when he could be replaced by ANYBODY and the show not miss him...Merideth did her Who wants to be a millionare...Katie leaving and now STILL running around with her head cut off not knowing what she wants...Matt taking many days off....Natalie doing the Miss USA...I mean come on people, do you want to be known as the Today show? or are all of you moonlightling

813 days ago
104.

harleyharlett    

the news is saying it's not savanah, but they are trying to get Hoda Kotb

813 days ago
105.

Joanne    

What is really wrong? Is Ann Curry too much of a lady for your show? Shame on you.

813 days ago
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