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Posted - 6/27/2012 3:19:41 PM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
Sometimes when a new corporation takes over an old established one like what's going on over at NBC---the whole atmosphere changes and everything turns to s--t.
from: New York Post Wed. 6/27/12
"Could “Today” veteran and news reader Natalie Morales be the next to leave the NBC morning show?
Sources tell us “Today” will announce the long-rumored departure of its co-host Ann Curry by the end of the week, and that the show’s third-hour co-host Savannah Guthrie is the front-runner to replace her. The network’s Hoda Kotb has also been reported to be in line to take the reins.
But, either way, sources tell us Morales could be next out the door. “If Natalie’s passed over for the job, she’s going to leave next,” a source told Page Six.
Morales has been with “Today” since 2006 and was mentioned as a possible replacement for Meredith Vieira when Vieira stepped down from her co-anchor post last year.
This will be the second time [Natalie] has been passed over for the top job. And she’s not happy,” a source tell us.
A NBC Universal rep had no comment on Curry or her replacement, but said the talk about Morales being disgruntled is “totally untrue.”
A different source adds: “Natalie couldn’t be happier in her current role.”
Curry, meanwhile, is expected to leave “Today” imminently, after a year on the job.
During her time as co-anchor, the program’s ratings have slipped — at times lower than rival ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Sources tell us NBC suits are currently locked in meetings around the clock to finalize Curry’s exit. The network has been negotiating with her over a severance package from her $10 million-a-year contract.
While the sources said an announcement about Curry is finally expected by the end of the week, some insiders said the news could come as soon as today.
Although sources at NBC say Guthrie is the current favorite to replace Curry, others close to the talks say that brass had not made any final decisions as of last night. "
Posted - 6/27/2012 3:56:09 PM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
Natalie's got "Divatude"
Natalie's a lightweight compared to Ann.
She and Savannah are around the same (I guess) but Savannah's got more hardhitting experience than Natalie. I'm wondering if someone's been whispering in her ear that she has just as much experience as Savannah, which she doesn't, or I guess Natalie now feels that she's part of the "do you know who I am" Club.
The issue I'm trying to figure out about SG is, since she's got the legal experience and contributes quite frequently to Nightly News, I wonder how they lured her to join those four hours of fluff, better known as the Today Show.
Posted - 6/27/2012 8:13:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
she should be thrilled to have the job she has
most of America has no idea who she is (and no interest)
would other networks be lining up to make her their main host if she left NBC?
Posted - 6/30/2012 2:22:12 PM | show profile | flag this post
Guthrie was the right choice here, imo. She has the depth to handle tough interviews and be an equal to Matt. She also has the versatility to do the fluff. I can't pinpoint why, but Natalie just doesn't have the "it" factor that makes you want to stick with a morning show. She's fine as a news reader.
I did have Sue Simmons in the back of my mind, but she's pure New York. The sassiness which New Yorkers love would probably not translate coast to coast. I do think that she'll pop up somewhere.