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With Ann Curry’s days as a Today show co-host numbered, it has been revealed that NBC will pony up the dough - $10million in total - just to cut her loose. Curry, 55, returned to the venerable news programme again this morning, days after rumours of her imminent departure first began to swirl. It is believed that Curry will make the exit this week, but it won’t come cheap for NBC.
The New York Post reported that Curry is in the midst of a three-year, $20million contract that she signed last year - a deal which guarantees her $10million in her final year. Co-host Matt Lauer, the highest paid TV newsman, makes about $25million a year after signing an epic deal in March to stay with the show
Curry has taken the blame from many at NBC for the Today show's ratings decline. The program lost the top spot among network morning shows this spring, a position it had held, unbroken, since 1995. Part of the problem is a lack of chemistry with Lauer, who had great on-air chemistry with Curry's predecessors Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira.