Katie Couric on How She Spared Ann Curry From an Interview with ‘Provocateur’ Ann Coulter

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It’s all the time fascinating to listen to backstories on our favourite tv packages or movies and the Today Show is not any totally different.

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Recently, former Today co-anchor Katie Couric revealed how she acquired wind that extremely right-wing conservative Ann Coulter was scheduled to be interviewed by Ann Curry, and the steps Couric instantly took.

‘Today’ staffers on Ann Curry’s ouster from the morning present

It’s well-known at this level that Ann Curry was principally booted from Today, with the preferred rumor being that her co-anchor, Matt Lauer, had allegedly requested that Curry be shifted from the present.

To make issues worse, Good Morning America‘s scores had been skyrocketing, sending Today‘s producers and higher-ups right into a panic.

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The New York Times reported in 2013 about an nameless evaluation by Today‘s senior staffers and talent after Curry’s dismissal. One particular person wrote, “our sense of family is broken,” and one other mentioned, “Matt is being blamed, and some in our audience see Savannah as the younger replacement wife.”

Gayle King requested Ann Curry on CBS This Morning in 2018 if she would agree that Matt Lauer had derailed her profession. Curry replied, “You should ask someone else, I’m not the one to ask about that … I don’t know what was all behind it. I do know that it hurt like hell.”

Katie Couric on whether or not she and Ann Curry communicate

In an interview with the “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” podcast this week, Couric addressed how usually she stays in contact along with her former colleague.

“I haven’t seen her,” Couric mentioned. “Once in a while, I’ll run into her at things, but I think she’s working on a PBS show or something. You know, I always liked Ann, but we weren’t really very close friends. So I haven’t kept up with her, but I hope she’s doing well, I really do.”

Pellegrino requested Couric if she ever switches on the Today Show on weekday mornings.

“No, I don’t, shhhh,” Couric mentioned laughing. “Not really, not too much. . . I really get most of my news on my telephone. I think I’ve just changed the way I consume news and information.”

A story of two Anns: How Katie Couric rescued Curry from Coulter

In her interview with Pellegrino, the subject of Couric’s 2002 notorious interview with Ann Coulter got here up.

Couric’s response to Coulter’s title? “Oh God, she was awful.”

Couric continued, “I find her to be a fascinating character, a lot of it is bravado and theater. I think she’s probably extremely conservative, but I also feel like her whole schtick is . . . she’s a provocateur.”

The mom of two thanked Pellegrino for bringing her testy dialog with Coulter up, as she needs to incorporate it in her memoir, which she is hoping to publish by 2021.

“I’m writing my memoir and that reminds me, I definitely have to write about that interview, which was just so intense. . . Some people think she ate me alive and some people think that I ate her alive.”

The New York City resident then dropped the bombshell that it was really Ann Curry who was slated to interview the contentious political character that day.

Couric doesn’t clarify why she insisted on dealing with the dialog. But it’s almost certainly as a result of Coulter, within the e book she was selling, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, labeled Couric because the “affable Eva Braun of morning TV” and Couric needed the creator to elucidate what she meant by the stinging comment.

The former Today host maybe additionally needed to spare Ann Curry from what would have most likely been a massacre of an interview with solely Curry’s bones figuratively left afterward.

“Ann Curry was scheduled to do that interview,” Couric informed Pellegrino, “and I informed the girl who books authors [on Today], as a result of Ann Coulter had a e book popping out, I mentioned, ‘No no no no no, I would like to try this interview.’”

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