NEW YORK CITY — NBC is reportedly planning a $10 million severance pacakge for ousted "Today" show host Ann Curry, just one year after she replaced Meredith Viera as co-host of the popular morning show.
The 55-year-old host reportedly just finished the first year of a three-year, $20 million deal.
A New York Times report last week revealed that Curry's days were numbered at NBC after the show's ratings lead dropped from 780,000 viewers to just 13,000 over its nearest competition, ABC's "Good Morning America."
"It’s an undeniable fact that there was an anchor change at the ‘Today’ show about a year ago, and there have been some ratings challenges while on her watch. But I don’t subscribe to the theory that this is all on Ann’s shoulders," one unnamed NBC executive told the Times.
NBC is reportedly set to announce a replacement later this week, with third-hour "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie and fourth-hour co-host Hoda Kotb being floated as possible frontrunners for the position.