Ann Curry has asked NBC to release her from her contract so that she can accept a position at CNN, Radar Online reported Monday, Dec. 31. The former Today co-anchor’s former boss, Jeff Zucker, officially takes over at CNN in February.
A source revealed to Radar Online:
“Ann wants out of her contract, big time. She has formally asked her attorney to explore exit options from the network [NBC]. However NBC bosses have indicated they are unwilling to release Ann from the contract. If Ann [Curry] were to just quit, there is a non-compete clause, which would prohibit her from working for another news outlet for two years.”
Reportedly Jeff Zucker, Today’s former executive producer and one-time head of NBC-Universal wants Ann Curry to anchor CNN’s 8:00 p.m. time slot, which is currently anchored by Anderson Cooper. In addition to anchoring the CNN 8:00 p.m. time slot, Cooper also has his own afternoon talk show, “Anderson Live.”
If NBC will not release Curry from her contract and forces her hand to quit, NBC is effectively preventing Ann Curry from earning a living for the next two years. NBC has not made use of Curry in any worthy capacity since she was dumped from the Today show last summer. After Curry’s departure, ratings for the once-dominant morning program have been on a steady decline. ABC’s Good Morning America has moved into the number one spot, and continues to remain there.