Thursday, June 28, 2012
Hot damn, NBC – you did it again, and now, you’re like, officially the least classy network in the land (right, Conan?).
After a week of speculation, Ann Curry announced this morning that today was her last day as a regular co-host of the Today show, confirming the worst kept secret in the morning-TV world.
She fought tears and a ginormous lump of sadness in her throat to deliver a heartfelt eulogy to her short stint on the couch alongside Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and everyone else. There was no pomp and circumstance for her send-off (for shame, Peacock!).
Curry also detailed her plans for the future, which mostly consist on a return to her first love – journalism of the first rate – thanked her co-workers and crew, and (this nearly got me to stop almost-crying to throw a shoe at my screen) she even went as far as to apologize to viewers for not being able to “carry the ball over the finish line.”
Now, that was a classy gesture that NBC didn’t deserve. Clearly, there’s a good way to handle this sort of thing, there's a bad way, and then there’s the NBC way.
Good luck to you, Ann. You may get on my nerves a little from time to time, but you deserve the world and the chance to give it to us in the dignified you so richly have earned.