updated - May 20, 2013 Monday EDT
By Zanub Saeed
Updates regarding Ann Curry's imminent departure from NBC's "Today" show reveal that monetary negotiations are being made for her departure, and that Savannah Guthrie has indeed been chosen as her replacement.
Sources close to NBC told news blog TMZ that the negotiation hiccup between Curry and the network is how much she will receive upon leaving the show. At first it was reported by all publications that Curry would get $10 million for leaving "Today," but now the blog stated that Curry wants the full $20 million left over from her three-year contract.
NBC, according to TMZ, has no desire to give Curry the full $20 million. NBC apparently also does intend to give Curry a foreign correspondent position, as reported by The New York Post earlier in the week, as well as hand her the $10 to exit. For now, Curry and her legal representation are negotiating the offer, which may be why an official announcement on the "Today" show cohost's departure has not been made yet. NBC, said TMZ and many other publications, wants to get rid of Curry before the start of the Olympic summer games in London, set to begin on July 27.
Curry is still actively working on "Today" as the cohost, along with Matt Lauer, who has expressed how much he does not want to work with her in the past, and even delayed renewing his contract as a result. Previous reports from TMZ said that Meredith Vieira, Curry's predecessor on "Today," was offered her old job back but turned it down.
Curry has yet to comment about being asked to leave the show, or her general departure from "Today," though she commented on what she hoped was her possible future on the program with Ladies' Home Journal for their July issue.
"I've been at "Today" for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20," Curry told Ladies Home Journal. "I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation."
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