'Today' host Ann Curry takes hit, counts tomorrows

June 27, 2012 • Entertainment

This image released NBC, “Today” show co-hosts, from left, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales talk with Lisa Kudrow on the “Today” show, Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in New York. Curry got thumped by a “Today” TV camera Tuesday, during a crowd-panning sequence out on Rockefeller Plaza. Curry’s face collided with the camera lens on live TV. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tuesday morning, Ann Curry got thumped by a “Today” TV camera.

It happened during a crowd-panning sequence out on Rockefeller Plaza: Curry’s face collided (or appeared to) with the camera lens on live TV.

Matt Lauer introduced her as “old flat-nose Ann Curry,” in a likely reference to a character in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” as everybody shared a laugh at her expense.

Still, this indignity was small potatoes for the wakeup host, who has faced down months of speculation that she hasn’t pulled her weight in the morning-show ratings war.

But if shrinking ratings for “Today” seem to be leading Curry into the sunset, the fault may not lie in her performance as much as in the nature of the war she was drafted to fight.

Curry, who was tapped to sit alongside Lauer when Meredith Vieira left NBC’s “Today” last June, is reportedly about to pay the price for the resurgence of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which recently snapped the winning ratings streak “Today” had reveled in for more than 16 years.

Curry is generally regarded as a solid journalist, with a passion for international reporting, as well as a good soldier: Starting at “Today” as its news reader in 1997, she stood by patiently in 2006 as Katie Couric left for CBS and Vieira, not she, won the Login to read more

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