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Ann Curry

The Final Cut

Is In the Works

6/27/2012 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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In the case of Ann Curry and the "Today" show -- the writing is not only on the wall, it's in the editing room, because we've learned producers are already preparing Ann's farewell montage ... network sources tell TMZ.

Our sources -- and they are impeccable -- tell us they are determined to cut a deal with Ann by week's end.  We're told the deal is not closed yet -- as we reported, Ann wants her contract paid off in full to the tune of $20 million.  She also wants to leave the network.  NBC offered her a measly $10 mil and a diminished role in the news department.  We're told there has been "some movement," but the parties haven't struck a deal ... yet.

We're told NBC wants Savannah Guthrie -- Ann's replacement -- firmly in place before the Olympics so they can showcase her next to Matt Lauer.

One more thing ... There are reports "Today" news anchor, Natalie Morales, wants to leave the network because she's pissed off that she's now been passed over twice for the co-anchor job.  We're told -- by people who absolutely know -- that story is "total baloney."  We're told Natalie "loves her job and she's completely happy with what she's doing."

Maybe Natalie figured it out -- co-hosting "Today" is high risk.
 

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31.

Chris    

I don't watch Today because of Matt Lauer's arrogancy. Savannah Guthrie is just boring. Ann was the only one I liked!

747 days ago
32.

Jeanine    

Love Ann; won't watch the new b**ch.

747 days ago
33.

The Truth Hurts    

Ann deserves the 20 million dollars for 15 years of hard work and the pay off was being pushed to the curb when rating were down like an after thought. Does NBC really think she would stay on the network after the way they treated her?

747 days ago
34.

Rich     

How can I fell sorry for people being offered 10 million. Fact is Ann was as bland as a meal without salt. Oh might I add 25 million to MATT is ridiculous...he is a exciting as a snail crossing the highway...but he SURE LOVES the Brits.

747 days ago
35.

Sarah     

Think they need to look again Lauer is the problem with the show . He is an arrogant ass I quit watching a long time ago because of him and Katie.

747 days ago
36.

Moni    

And tomorrow is my last day watching the Today Show after 20+ years...I'm done with NBC. They are a flop! I'm switching to GMA and CBS.

747 days ago
37.

whocares    

I hate ALL reporters and Obama

747 days ago
38.

xsignalfire    

NBC is and always has been the worst network on television, no matter what they do. This just adds to the list of their dumb decisions. Ann Curry is not only as professional as they come, but she is entirely worthy of the co-anchor position. Matt Lauer needs to get off his high horse and NBC needs to grow up. Ann: I'll follow you wherever you, and throw NBC under the bus as soon as you get the chance.

747 days ago
39.

VIDGMER    

Asian or Hispanic didn't built a nation under one language and didn't signed the constitutional rights, HELLO!

747 days ago
40.

boobymanz    

"We're told NBC wants Savannah Guthrie.." More like Matt wants her. Rumor has it she's the latest piece of ass he's been f*cking. That's why the last woman that left jumped ship to ABC. She f*cked Matt in the hopes that she'd be the new co-host, but he got tired of f*cking her and used his douche powers to have her relegated to a small time correspondent role when she got too clingy. I guess Ann refused to f*ck or s*ck him and he used his douche powers to have her fired.

747 days ago
41.

Pam    

I stopped watching the Today Show when Meredith Viera left the show.

I see a lot of Bryant Gumbel in Matt Lauer, but then again they are golfing buddies.

I watch GMA now, and will never go back to the Today Show.

747 days ago
42.

tchang    

Speaking as a viewer since Bryant Gumbel was in the anchor seat, I think Matt Lauer does a great job - he can handle hard news and the fluff equally as well. So he's self-absorbed? Name one news anchor who isn't. Ann always did a wonderful job as a foreign correspondent - that's what she does best. As a news reader and co-anchor, she's just not good enough. It was actually painful to watch her at times, when she tried to be funny, or "bond" with guests. Ratings don't lie.

747 days ago
43.

manbearpig    

have heard plenty of rumors surrounding lauer. as far as natalie goes- supposedly matt's wife is totally against it as they have been rumored to have been extra friendly in the not so distant past. he has apparently bonked many of the women at that show and some have left after they found out that their extra favors got them nowhere.
lauer is a sleazeball like bill clinton.

747 days ago
44.

mousetrap    

10 million and a diminished role as a correspondent? I don't think so. Not unless Ann really wants to be a correspondent and is hell bent on staying with the network for whatever reason. Take that money Ann, and the full amount. You were my favorite, and many others also. You were just "too nice" for them. They want someone who is more edgy with an underlying, subtle current of raunchiness running through them. You are above that. Take your 20 million and go somewhere that appreciates you. And where the audience isn't "dumbed down" to unrefined qualities.

747 days ago
45.

xsignalfire    

Do you know what should happen? GMA should hire Ann. Because aside from her, the Today show is a complete mess.

All the talent now is at ABC, and hiring Ann and her incredible journalistic abilities would be the ultimate F-U to the morons at NBC.

747 days ago
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