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Ann Curry Reveals That Her NBC Bosses Weren't Fans Of Her Appearance

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Ann Curry wants to stay naturally beatiful

We certainly hope Ann Curry's natural appearance wasn't a deciding factor for NBC execs to give her the boot from The Today Show, but it sounds like they had some issues with it.

The August issue of Ladies Home Journal features an interview with the 55-year-old journalist that was conducted before she was replaced by Savannah Guthrie. While discussing aging and the pressure for perfection in the television business, she let it slip that she was mocked for wearing a colorful dress on the air:

"One day I wore a multicolored dress and someone asked if I was trying to be Toucan Sam. But I chose it because I thought, This will perk up America."

Anchors aren't supposed to resemble a cereal mascot, but they're apparently supposed to wear high heels, as she continued:

"I'm encouraged by my bosses to wear these ridiculously high-heel shoes because women say, 'I love your shoes!' So if it makes women happy, I'll wear them. But I'm still going to be me."

She wasn't so flexible when it came to hiding her age by dying her hair though and explained:

"I've got gray hair because I won't dye it. I want to be able to honor my family by looking exactly as they did as they got older. Of course I want to look my best. I eat right, exercise, and use skin cream. I try to wear nice clothes. But I don't want to change the fundamental parts of me because it means changing who I am."

As if she was unintentionally foreshadowing her future with Today, she continued to discuss displaying her natural hair color on the air by saying:

"I'm going to see how it goes. I don't know if it's going to be tolerated. I know women who work on TV haven't been allowed to go gray in the past."

Whether or not those grays did had anything to do with her firing, she's already moved on and is now a highly paid correspondent for the network. However, she still has more modest dreams to pursue and wants to teach, as she revealed:

"I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation. I see how much our young people want to have lives that matter. I'd like to be there, encouraging them. It would be a great way to spend my 100-percent-gray years."

Just keep doin' you, gurl! We have so much respect for your outlook on life!

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37 comments to “Ann Curry Reveals That Her NBC Bosses Weren't Fans Of Her Appearance”

  1. 1

    Fuck NBC. Way to promote media bullshit sensationalism, ya fuckwads.

  2. 2

    Team Ann! And wow! Who knew she was 55?? I thought she was in her forties! And I think seeing a woman with grey hair on air would be refreshing!

  3. Leslie says – reply to this


    Matt Lauer and the idiot pigs who run NBC ought to be ashamed of themselves.

  4. 4

    Well she does have a face for radio.

  5. Wrenn says – reply to this


    She is absolutely beautiful!!

  6. Baileygirl says – reply to this


    Ann is a class act and I have not watched NBC she was no longer on The Today Show. I get my Olympic results from other networks. Kudos for her being a role model for all of us who want to age as gracefully and beautifully as Ann.

  7. 7

    Meh sounds to me like she is just bitter and desperately trying to get the feminazi support. By crying agism, sexism,etc.

    Sorry..You're hired for your looks. Your job is not difficult. You look into a camera and read a teleprompter. If you do not meet their standards, than tough luck. It's like watching a 40 year old hooters girl sue Hooters for agism and sexism..LMAO idiots.

  8. deepa sats says – reply to this


    Loved the blog…

  9. 9

    If you got your job in part for being attractive then you can't complain when it is time to be replaced by a younger version.

  10. 10

    Re: NookiesWA
    Your comment has got to be the most uneducated, unelightened and stupidest fucking comment I've seen on here in a long time.
    Given your avatar, I'm guessing you're an ignorant young thing who thinks that sucking on lollipops, wearing stillettos and using Botox is the future for women everywhere.
    I hope your eyes are opened WIDE once YOU hit 55+ and no man will look at you because we've become complacent in allowing this agist and sexist garbage to affect the psyche of our nations' women.
    And P.S., your feminazi comment only serves to indicate how vapid, stupid, and ditzy you obviously are.
    Good luck hitting menopause, bitch. It's gonna kill ya.

  11. 11

    Re: NookiesWA
    And re: "If you do not meet their standards, than tough luck."

    When YOU are 55, guess what? If we continue to allow this travesty to occur, people will be saying "tough luck" right back to YOU.
    Good fucking Christ, idiot. Show some respect for your own sex.

  12. 12

    Matt is old, bald, and gray yet we don't hear about anyone at NBC demanding him to dye his hair or get a piece. you also don't hear about ANY network demanding the men to do what they can to look younger. The only ones who color or wear a piece do it out of their own vanity. There you go with your sexism evidence.

  13. NewsBoss says – reply to this


    With so much going on in the world, viewers want someone they can trust to give them the news they can trust to be true. Today seems to be going the way of giggles and bubble headed approach to the news. We cannot trust this approach to news. We go to other news broadcasts that give us serious news that we can trust.

  14. NewsBoss says – reply to this


    With so much going on in the world, viewers want news they can trust. TODAY seems to be going the way of the giggles and bubble head news. I am a local news boss and I watch national news that I can trust. It is hard to trust giggles and bubble heads.

  15. Nesa says – reply to this


    Wow funny how it's hard for whoring womanizing old grey-headed balding white men to lose his job but other type of people get fired all over the place.

  16. 16

    Ann looks great, NBC should be ashamed of themselves. Their ratings continue to decline after losing Ann, that Matt Lauer is an obnoxious balding pig

  17. LoriC says – reply to this


    The Today Show has been bad for quite a few years now. Not sure who is to blame but Ann Curry's hair and wardrobe didn't do it. Her phony, "too caring", false intensity is what turned me off. Now that I see GMA, I can't believe I ever watched TODAY. The ppl at GMA are real and truly like each other. It's so refreshing.

  18. ANNA HULTIN says – reply to this



  19. 19

    Re: NookiesWA – Journalists are hired for talent. You're a fucking asshole

  20. 20

    F*CK NBC! NBC = Nothing But Crap. Worst network ever,

  21. 21

    Re: Brainiac – It's a guy.

  22. 22

    I continue to honor Ann Curry, by NOT watching The Today Show!
    I never even think twice about watching it, The Today Show will never be watched again, by me or my family!
    NBC has really turned my stomach! They treated Ann Curry with no respect at all!
    Shame on them!

  23. 23

    Re: Brainiac – I was thinking the same thing……! Great comment!

  24. Erin says – reply to this


    What about women like me who despise high heels? We'd have loved to see her rocking a cute pair of DCs or Converse. Not all women are into dresses, high heels, and makeup. What a generalization!

  25. ANNA HULTIN says – reply to this


    maybe NBC is blind….Mr.Lauer is not only grey….bald…ugly….arrogant….cold….pick one…add jerk….back stabber….womenizer…Ann is better off…SG please don't make him look too short…where in the world is Matt Lauer….nobody cares…..

  26. Ann Fan says – reply to this


    Re: NewsBoss – You are exactly right!

  27. 27

    Re: Brainiac – Someones insecure..It's ok. I suppose its the evil means fault for everything right? Like porn, strip clubs,etc its all the evil mens!

    It also made me LOL when you said the words "uneducated, unelightened and ignorant" I'm a guy, that picture is Jessica Alba. Your insecurity makes me giggle.

  28. 28

    Funny enough, I don't see any gray hairs or barely any wrinkles. The majority of the population of men would find her attractive and completely bangable. Clearly obvious shes trying to play the victim card and get idiots like Brainiac on her side.

  29. 29

    LOL @ women crying sexism..But then turning right around and doing the same exact thing. Why I can't take women seriously..too stupid and irrational.

  30. 30

    Re: Brainiac – It's obvious you're just an insecure, bitter and unattractive feminists..Most feminists are indeed very unappealing. You were under the impression I was an attractive woman. So you decided to mention everything you could as far as me "aging"..Basically, by you saying that it just tells me thats your blanket statement. "Shes prettier than me, but when shes 50 she'll be old and busted and no men will look at her"..Generally what bitter, unattractive jealous women spew..

  31. mamanelle5 says – reply to this


    If the truth were known, Matt Lauer is 90% responsible for her leaving, and probably used that in his negotiations to extend his contract. He's a louse.

  32. mamanelle5 says – reply to this


    Re: NookiesWA – That's not very nice………….what if it were you.

  33. mamanelle5 says – reply to this


    Re: Brainiac – HOORAY!!!! I totally agree with you. She is a nut case.

  34. Lee says – reply to this


    Ann Curry Was A Plus To The Show….Never Should Have Been Fired

  35. Cindy says – reply to this


    Ann Curry is absolutely a beautiful woman. Not only beautiful but intelligent, creative, smart, sincere and has class. I would rather look at someone who took pride in how they looked than some frumpy woman who wouldn't even take the time to press a blouse. NBC will suffer. Believe me. They should be ashamed of themselves. Ann can run circles around each and everyone of them….even Matt. Ann hold your head hight….you are an incredible person/woman and it is their loss….you will move onto bigger and better. And, if I were you I wouldn't want to share a couch with a bunch of pettiness….they need to grow up.

  36. Vivek Bara says – reply to this


    Amongst all this there is one person who says he is ready to forgive James, because he understands what James is going through because he has also been through the same phase.

    A look at Pierce O'Farrill, one of the victims of the recent Aurora, CO mass shooting, as he shares about the experience, how he's coping in the aftermath and how he's able to forgive.

  37. Ann baker says – reply to this


    what about matt he does not have much hair and what he does have is gray and black.Ann Curry is one great lady.We need more women like her on tv. She was the reason I watch the today show.Now I am a very good fan of GMA The fun they have is so funny.They do not try to out do anybody on the show ,they have the most fun with each other.THEY ARE THE BEST SHOW ON THE MORNING TV