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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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Amber    

Don't back down Ann, get your $20 mil!!!!!!

795 days ago
2.

Cujeaux    

DON'T CARE!

795 days ago
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Kari    

I wish Ann well--she's great. Matt is why I don't watch it.

795 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

ann should get every penny on her contract.

savannah is the twit who's f'ing d*ckwad matt.

795 days ago
5.

stu    

Like Connie Chung & Julie Chen they just don't have the charisma for tv.
But any 1 getting Millions to read a teleprompter is absurd!!

795 days ago
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northern gypsy    

well..."unleash the lawyers" and good luck to all parties involved !!!

795 days ago
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Ace    

I've never liked Ann Curry as a Today show anchor. Most (not all) people I know don't like Ann on the Today Show. But, the vast majority of people on this site like Ann. It's very strange. I don't think they'd get rid of her if most people liked her, it's all about ratings.

795 days ago
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writenow    

Misogyny rears its head, again. Both women are journalists. So why does NBC give the big dough to the guy who does news lite, and stupid segments titled "Where in the world is Matt Lauer?" (Who cares...as long as he's away, it's all good.)

795 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

NBC is cold and heartless how they are treating Ann and Matt is behind doing this to her. How awful! They should fire Mat, his arrogance is just stomach churning. Savannah I do not care for on the Today Show.

Hang in there Ann, and don't let them breach their contract! You deserve the 20 Million!!! You gave them years upon years at NBC.

Shame on Mat and NBC!

Shame on whomever keeps leaking this NBC business to the media for their own self promotion, how cruel.

795 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

LOVE YOU ANN!

Ann Rocks
Mat, Savannah and NBC SUCKS!

795 days ago
11.

FLO    

Mutt Lour is why i watch other channels, NBC is an old boys network out of touch with the viewers.

795 days ago
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texaschickeee    

Make a contract, you pay. Your blaming Ann, AFTER renewing the contract and years being there. Matt should have never been renewed from the first one. Ann, get your 20 mill, then go work for ABC !

795 days ago
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DaveT    

If I don't know who Ann Curry is am I still cool and hip?

795 days ago
14.

Jac    

They need to hold up their end of the contract. If they don't want her, give her the 20 Mill. She held up her end of the deal!

795 days ago
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Sterling    

From Ann to Savannah?? UGH...it just keeps getting worse and worse.

795 days ago
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