Thousands of disgruntled viewers have left angry messages on the Today Show Facebook page.
Many are angry over the announcement that Ann Curry would be leaving the breakfast show with immediate effect. She made the announcement live on air during Thursday’s programme after weeks of press speculation about her position.
The popular presenter had been with the programme for 14 years and was promoted to co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer in June 2011. One year on after a short fall in ratings, NBC executives decided to move Curry to a new position, of which has accepted.
Curry will now be now be a roving reporter for NBC News programming, reporting on big stories from America and around the world.
Over 18,000 have left messages on the official Facebook page for Today Show on the posting that Ann would be leaving. Many have voiced their support for Ann and are critical of the way the show has treated her.
Georgia Theriot writes: “It upsets me greatly that Anne is no longer going to be on the today show. I watch every morning to see her. I have even gone to the today show just to see her.”
Gerry Madigan: “Shame on NBC for treating Ann so badly. I WAS a lifetime watcher of Today. No longer”
Yap Chong: “This New President, Steve Capus, is an idiot apparently. Today show is nothing without Ann! You suck! You hurt the feeling of many by treating Ann like nothing. Hope you get booted. Boycott all NBC jerks!”
Bernadette Cosmo Boyce: “Shame Shame Shame on you for your treatment of Ann Curry. Why she would continue working for them is beyond me? I am sure she could do much better elsewhere.”
Savannah Guthrie was confirmed on Friday to be the new co-anchor. She will officially take her seat a week on Monday despite presenting the show just a day after Ann was dumped.