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Ann Curry ‘Tortured’ by NBC Exec’s ‘Operation Bambi’

Ann Curry’s emotional departure from “Today” ran much deeper than anyone knew as it turned out the co-host was being “tortured” by her colleagues during a long operation to oust her that they referred to as “Operation Bambi.”

Curry is certainly one of the strongest women in the news industry because she managed to take on some pretty harsh treatment and cruel jokes with professionalism and a smile on her face before she was publicly fired.

The NY Daily News explains:

Executive producer Jim Bell even named the plot to oust Curry, 56, from her hosting spot of less than a year “Operation Bambi” after a friend told him firing the journalist would be like “killing Bambi.”

In a portion of the book that ran on nytimes.com on Thursday, [Brian] Stelter reveals that Curry, who was forced to leave the show less than a year after she began as co-host, felt bullied and belittled by the “Today” crew.

“Curry felt that the boys’ club atmosphere behind the scenes at ‘Today’ undermined her from the start, and she told friends that her final months were a form of professional torture,” Stelter wrote.

The snubs that Curry encountered included a blooper reel that the crew made of Curry’s on-screen gaffes, and moving boxes of Curry’s belongings into the coat closet, as if she had already been kicked out.

The bullying didn’t stop there either. As if her colleagues were nothing more than a snobby group of popular kids in middle school, they went out of their way to make fun of Curry’s outfits.

Stelter revealed that at one point they even photoshopped a picture of Ann’s bright yellow dress next to a picture of Big Bird and asked other people “who wore it better?”

Ann constantly expressed to loved ones that the final days in her position were nothing short of “professional torture,” but little did she know that it was far from over.

Even after poorly handling her firing, the network refused to release her from her contract so she could pursue other career opportunities. Instead, they issued her fluffed up titles that really didn’t mean much of anything.

The excerpt from the NY Times explained that execs made it a part of their scheme not to release Curry from her contract simply because they didn’t want her to go work for a direct competitor – which is exactly what would have happened when CNN wanted to pick up Ann.

With the ratings for the “Today Show” continuing to plummet, execs need to realize that if they don’t take any course of action to right their wrongs even more people will tune out for the sole purpose of standing up Ann and not wanting to support a network of on air bullies.

 

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6 thoughts on “Ann Curry ‘Tortured’ by NBC Exec’s ‘Operation Bambi’

  1. the Today show sucks anyway. Matt Lauer is an idiot and you can tell he doesn't play well with others.

  2. Kathleen Borcicky Hines says:

    What a disappointment in how NBC handled the Ann Curry situation. She deserved more respect from them, and especially from her co-host, who is truly a "bully". My heart goes out to Ann and I wish her the best. NBC, very disappointed in how you treated her and continue to treat her. Shame on you!

  3. i have decided to boycott the Today show

  4. Kathleen Borcicky Hines says:

    We finally had it with all screaming from the people on there too, so we changed a while back and really like CBS (with some ABC thrown in also.)

  5. Robyn Vitson says:

    Ann Curry is nothing but professional, and I am SO DISAPPOINTED in how NBC and her colleagues treated her! And to think they do segments on bullying! Can you say "hypocritical"? How sad and unprofessional! I hope she finds another place of employment and outshines them all!

  6. Thomas Hoye says:

    Not knowing the story, I wonder why she drew such malicious behavior from her peers. I liked her too and as they say what doesnt kill you makes you stonger. I hope she'll be able to hang in there and rise above it and that she will have even better future opportunities.

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