That’s It, We’re Team Curry: NBC Boss Releases Callous Statement On Today Firing
12:45 pm, July 2nd | by Laura Donovan
Sorry to dredge up traumatic memories, readers, but I’m certain you’ve been dumped before. Immediately following the break-up, the last thing you probably wanted to hear was that your former significant other “wasn’t the right one for you anyway.” While it’s often true, it’s definitely not helpful.
That’s how I feel about NBC News president Steve Capus’s incredibly callous statement on firing Ann Curry from Today, claiming, “I think it was not where her real passion was. In her heart of hearts, I think she would admit that.”
He’s right that Curry’s new role may be a better fit, but does anyone think she’s ready to accept the Today axing right now? The poor woman has just been humiliated before the entire country and faulted for the program’s rating decrease. Chances are, she’s still licking her wounds from the public firing, and not even a trip to sunny California coupled with a few weeks off can make her feel happier about the cruel nature of her departure.
Even worse, however, may be the last few sentences of Capus’s condescending statement:
“We gave her a year to prove herself, and ultimately we came to the conclusion that she had played at the highest level she could…When you’re in the major leagues of our profession, you’ve got to continue to be at peak performance in order to stay there.”
NBC has already bruised Curry’s ego enough. Capus would have been wise and considerate to keep his remarks short and brief, but going on and on about her alleged incompetence for the position just added insult to injury — a debilitating injury at that.