POLL: Ann Curry Takes Seat on TODAY Couch
For you fans of morning TV out there, you've heard the speculation for weeks, but today it was made official, Meredith Vieira is leaving NBC's TODAY. While the news was not a complete shock (it's been known for some time that Vieira desired more time to spend with her family and ailing husband) many TODAY enthusiasts anticipated a bit more fanfare and anticipation surrounding who would succeed the host and earn a place on morning television's most coveted couch. But as it stands, Katie Couric fans will have temper their excitement of a potential reunion because the job has been awarded to long time TODAY news anchor, Ann Curry.
The decision by the NBC brass is a bit of a gamble as TODAY represents a $500+ million asset to the network and Curry tends have a love her or loathe her following. The show is a shining point for a network that has been battered by the competition in prime time. But the decision has been made (which we're sure has nothing to do with the fact that Curry could have opted out of her current contract had she been passed over for the job again).
While Curry has the experience for the gig, I can't say that I'm sold. I fall into the category that finds her to be obnoxious, difficult to watch and a bit patronizing. I'm willing to give her a chance, but NBC needs to tread lightly. GMA and The Early Show will be circling, waiting for their opportunity to capitalize on the transition.
So what do you think? Are you a fan of Curry? Will she fill Vieira's shoes? Take the poll below and tell us in the comments who you would have liked to see take the reins on TODAY.