Ann Curry's $10 Million Exit From 'TODAY': How Does She Fare Against Hollywood's Biggest TV Payouts? (PHOTOS)
The former TODAY co-host reportedly walked out with a $10 million payout from NBC following her last broadcast this Thursday, but her severance package is only a blip compared to some of Hollywood's biggest contract payouts. For example, Charlie Sheen negotiated a six-figure sum when he was famously fired from CBS' Two and a Half Men last year.
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Though Curry is $10 million richer with her TODAY contract payout, she will remain with the network as TODAY’s anchor-at-large and a national and international correspondent for NBC News.
Curry, who replaced Meredith Vieira last year, was plagued with reports of a lack of chemistry with co-host Matt Lauer and the belief by some that her journalistic talents were better suited for the field. Then, ABC’s Good Morning America finally broke TODAY’s 16-year ratings winning streak in April and fingers began to point at Curry.
“I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries,” she said on Wednesday. “And my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved. There is no doubt that the rating wars have become meaner and less focused on our responsibilities as journalists.”
Though NBC has yet to officially announce Curry's replacement, reports say TODAY's third-hour host, Savannah Guthrie, is the frontrunner for the job.