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Today fans are in for some sad news: After only one year on the job, NBC is reportedly planning to replace Ann Curry.
According to the New York Times' Media Decoder, network executives are considering offering Curry a prestigious new gig in order to find Matt Lauer a new co-host. Curry, who was promoted to host after Meredith Vieira left the morning show in June 2011, had worked on Today since 1997.
But with ratings down and Lauer signed on for a long-term contract to remain co-host, sources tell Media Decoder that NBC is trying to soften the blow of replacing Curry, 55, by offering her another job in the network's news division -- potentially as a foreign correspondent.
Anonymous sources say NBC wants to wrap up negotiations and make an announcement by the Summer Olympics, which have traditionally been a ratings boon for the network.
When Curry was promoted last summer, Lauer said, "Ann has been such a key member of this show for more than 15 years, has brought her warmth and her desire to tell important stories to TODAY. And I know you'll continue to do that, so congratulations."
And those who know Ann say this is her "dream job," and that she would be devastated to let it go. At the time of her promotion, she replied to Lauer: "So sweet. So sweet. You know, I feel like the high school computer nerd who was just asked to the prom by the quarterback of the football team."
Would you be sad to see Curry go? And if she does leave Today, who should replace her?