*NBC reportedly told former “Today” co-anchor Ann Curry that she could not tweet a message of support for her morning show competitor Robin Roberts after she was diagnosed with MDS.
According to a lengthy piece about Curry’s treatment at “Today” in New York Magazine, Curry asked the network if she could tweet her well wishes to “Good Morning America’s” Roberts, but NBC said no for fear she was trying to “aid the enemy.”
Below, an excerpt from the New York Magazine article, picking up after Curry made her teary goodbye on “Today” and was in London for NBC News reporting on the Olympics. Savannah Guthrie had replaced her on “Today.”
In the original plan, the Olympics would be the opportunity to hit the RESET button and establish the Lauer-Savannah Guthrie duo with viewers. But while Today was in London, Curry sent out a cryptic tweet that made it clear she was miserable. In early August, a week into the Olympics, she wrote, “When I despair I remember that throughout history, truth and love have always won.” (An even more pointed tweet was subsequently deleted.)
When Curry flew to London, the show attempted to stage an on-air reunion between Lauer and Curry. But Curry, who sat in her car a few yards from the set until her shot was ready, refused to speak to Lauer as he tried making small talk. On the air, Curry pretended Lauer didn’t exist after he turned to her to introduce a segment she had produced. Lauer looked stiff and isolated.
The Today show won those two weeks in the ratings, but they would prove an anomaly. Good Morning America immediately sprang back to No. 1.
NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America have a long-standing ratings rivalry.
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