Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ann Curry professional torture"

Ann Curry professional torture", Ann Curry might have coined a new term when she told friends that her final months at the "Today Show" were "professional torture." According to Yahoo OMG on Thursday, April 18, 2013, Curry's plight in those final months are detailed in a new book in what sounds like one of the worst workplace experiences to come down the pike in a long time.

New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter penned the new book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. Excerpts are published in New York Times Magazine and it has a description of the "Today" set as having "a general sense of meanness."

The incidents that took place in Curry's last few months left the morning show star "hurt and humiliated" by the behind the scenes antics at the "Today Show." This antics included a blooper reel of Ann's most "egregious on-air errors, which was made by executive producer Jim Bell.

Curry's image was Photoshopped for a joke and passed among the staff in the control room. They did their own rendition of "Who Wore It Better," which entailed the image of Curry in a bright yellow dress presented alongside Big Bird. Curry felt undermined by the "boys club atmosphere" behind the scenes at the "Today Show" from the get-go.

Ann told a friend that she endured "professional torture" in her final months on the show. Stelter writes that one staff person he spoke with recalled that Ann's outfits were the butt of many of the jokes in the control room and they spent a lot of time "messing with her."

Bell dubbed his strategy to remove Ann from her co-anchor position "Operation Bambi," Stelter writes in his book. "It was Bell gunning for Curry" and he wanted her out of the co-host chair, according to the book. He came up with "Operation Bambi" after a veteran of TV told him firing Curry would be like "killing Bambi."

Bell made the suggestion to make Curry the roving global anchor to get her off the co-anchor spot in the show after the show started to plummet in ratings and it was obvious that Matt Lauer and Curry's chemistry was at a point of no return.

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