NBC wouldn't let Ann Curry send Robin Roberts a sympathy tweet
By Laurel Brown | March 25, 2013 10:21 PM ET
If you watch TV, you may have gotten the impression that network executives are a heartless bunch concerned only with the bottom line. This article will not change this opinion: According to the lengthy article published in "New York Magazine," NBC wouldn't let fired "Today" host Ann Curry send ABC's Robin Roberts a sympathy tweet.
That would be consorting with the enemy after all.
There is plenty in the larger story to make decent humans froth at the mouth in bitterness, but this one act seems especially cold. "Good Morning America" host Roberts had to take a break from her job due to a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disease similar to cancer. Roberts' departure was widely publicized and many celebrities posted their support on Twitter.
According to the "New York" article, this was not enough to move whoever was managing the Curry situation at NBC.
"Ann Curry was gone but not gone, which created a situation of spectacular awkwardness... When Robin Roberts left 'Good Morning America' a month later to get treatment for MDS, Curry asked NBC if she could tweet a note of sympathy for the ABC co-host. NBC said no, afraid she was trying to aid the enemy."
A great deal of attention was paid to "Today" and Ann Curry when the firing (and expensive pay-off from NBC) became public. This new information definitely paints the former host in a much better light.
The New York article was juicier than a 50 ounce rare steak. Matt comes across as a major asshole; Savannah is made to look like an incompetent Eve Harrington; Natalie is briefly caricatured as a home-wrecking slut; Al is made to look passive-aggressive; and Hoda and Kathie Lee are ridiculed as obnoxious idiots.
Why didn't she just send a card in private instead?
Network executives do not care about the bottom line. They only care about their mortgage payments. Anything else is peripheral to their existence.
Because a private card wouldn't be PUBLIC, R3.
Please let me know how she could be stopped from sending a tweet.
By her BOSS at NBC...
She is an employee and she is posting as an employee of NBC. She cannot post anything that NBC does not approve.
Which article, r2? Got a link?
Weird. My boss can't stop me from tweeting anything if I'm not doing so as an employee of the company.
NBC is trying to make her look bad and yet she keeps honoring the contract. Assholes. They should do the right thing and release her so she can find take a new job.
If only we could arouse such hardy passion for the undernourished waifs of the world as we do this celebrated multi-millionaire who is famous simply for looking sad or happy while reading cue cards.
Yes, R11. Ann Curry is simply ALL I live for.
I would watch a morning show where the hostility was overt and not an undertone.
"And now over to Ann with the headlines, if she can remember how to read."
"Fuck you, baldy. Cruise was right about you. Hey, fat fuck, what's the weather today? Why am I even asking; you never get it right."
"Bite me, flower drum, how is it you're the only Asian girl who UNDERachieves?"
The View when Rosie O'Donnell was on was the closest example of a daytime talk show letting the hatred seethe onscreen. Sometimes those battles between Rosie and Elisabeth was so awkward to witness. There was a distinct point when Rosie just couldn't hide her contempt for Elisabeth anymore and that's when the sparks (and the ratings) started to shoot up.
So Ann is STILL with NBC? WTF is she doing? Making pot-stickers?
I'm sure the feeling was mutual r14.
And Rosie did take it to a childish level. I mean, really, drawing a stache on Elizabeth's studio picture. How 2nd gradish!
then Rosie will cry.... no one likes me because I'm fat and gay and people think I'm a bully picking on poor petite Elisabeth.
NBC needs to close up shop, go out of business, give up while the getting is good. The only thing they have left are the Olympic Games and they should just sell the rights to ESPN.
[quote] So Ann is STILL with NBC? WTF is she doing? Making pot-stickers?
She is under contract and they will not release her.
When she was removed from Today, she should have taken advantage of that and left NBC
Instead she signed a new long-term contract, and is now stuck there for the next couple of years.
She is trying to get out, but NBC has refused.
[quote]And Rosie did take it to a childish level. I mean, really, drawing a stache on Elizabeth's studio picture. How 2nd gradish!
She did not do that.
What benefit is to NBC to keep Curry around? Why not tear up the contract and let everyone move on? NBC saves a few millions and they can stop the dripping of bad press on the whole sorry affair.
Because if Curry goes to another show, particularly another morning show, she will probably take some of the 25 viewers NBC has left.
People tend to believe the phoniest people are actors/musicians/politicians, but no one will ever top media people. Just vile, phony, arrogant shitheads.
David Gregory's bitching about Obama not kissing their asses pretty much confirmed what complete and utter self-absorbed douchebags they all are.
Rosie had her head writer do it, r20.
The article also made Ann seem overly sensitive and not able to take a joke.
Jenna Wolfe just announced that she's pregnant and in doing so referenced her partner. Has she been out? Did I miss that?
[quote]Please let me know how she could be stopped from sending a tweet.
Can you not read?
[quote]Ann Curry was gone but not gone, which created a situation of spectacular awkwardness... When Robin Roberts left 'Good Morning America' a month later to get treatment for MDS, [bold]Curry asked NBC if she could tweet a note of sympathy for the ABC co-host. NBC said no, afraid she was trying to aid the enemy[/bold]
[quote]Weird. My boss can't stop me from tweeting anything if I'm not doing so as an employee of the company.
Excuse me, are you a public figure?
Has your company spent millions promoting your work, your voice and your face on a national level?
Are you under contract with them, and does that contract include restrictions on your public behavior, appearances, endorsements and communication?
Does your name and image regularly appear in national magazines, tabloids, newspapers and websites?
Have you ever had a change in employment status (such as a demotion) that garnered national press coverage and public speculation about the reasons for your job change?
Are you Diane fucking Sawyer? Then STFU, moron.
Curry is always blameless, even though she is an inept, thick-headed, humorless, not-bright, clumsy, selfish and grotesquely weepy cunt.
Boo fucking hoo.
(Not that I don't detest Lauer. NBC has been the domain of creeps and twats since Jane Pauley set the standard for Today's "New Girl."
[quote]Rosie had her head writer do it
LOL! No she didn't. Janette Barber did that on her own.