The New York Times reported that Curry and NBC executives have begun discussing a transition out of her hosting role. The negotiations are expected to be done by the network’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in July.
“That way, ‘Today’ can go to the games with a complete, comfortable team of co-hosts,” a source familiar with the situation told the Times. Some observers predicted that a different arrangement could be announced as early as next week.
It is unknown whether Curry has accepted a deal yet. She is currently being represented by attorney Robert Barnett — who helped Christiane Amanpour negotiate her dual role at CNN and ABC News after leaving “This Week” — in the talks.
Since ascending to the job last June, Curry has faced a constant barrage of negative press about the show’s declining ratings and her chemistry with co-host Matt Lauer, which many felt was touched with more than a tinge of frost. The heat turned all the way up after “Good Morning America” beat “Today” in the ratings for the first week in sixteen years. Curry acknowledged the pressure she was facing at the time, whileformer host Meredith Vieira, whom she replaced, spoke out in her defense.
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