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May 3rd, 2013
07:02 PM ET

Brian Stelter on Ann Curry's dismissal from "TODAY": "I wouldn't have promoted her in 2011...that was the fatal mistake"

As his new book comfortably settles in on the coveted "New York Times" bestseller list, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" invites author Brian Stelter to share his enthusiastic insight on all things television and digital media.

Active on Twitter, the "New York Times" media reporter used the microblogging site earlier in the week to announce his success:

Joining Piers Morgan "In The Chair," the "Top of the Morning" author shares some of the details of his non-fiction work, in particular his view on the initial promotion, and subsequent termination, of embattled "TODAY" show co-anchor Ann Curry.

"I don't get paid nearly enough to answer this question," prefaces Stelter, who covered the NBC morning program extensively for his book. "But I'd like to think I wouldn't have promoted her in 2011."

"That was the fatal mistake," Stelter continues. "Promoting her in the first place is where things started to go wrong. Removing her was the right thing to do by lots of different measures but it was just done the wrong way."

Watch the clip and listen to the interview, then tune in tonight at 9 as Stelter settles "In The Chair" for a primetime interview designed to cover all the news that happens when the cameras aren't rolling.
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  1. Mel

    Ok, this guy is crazy. Anne was awesome! I will never watch Today show again. How dare they keep bashing her in the news when she was on their show for years. I'm soo disappointed in the way they are handling all of this. NBC please fire all these people. The viewing public do not share the same opinion as the green eyed alleged journalist.

    May 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Va

      No. He isn't. It's really popular to blame Matt about Ann's demise, but for some of us who have watched this show since Tom Brokaw, we KNEW she was terrible at interviews and switched off when she was just subbing. I coudn't believe they moved her to the couch. Reporter? Yes. Interviews? Heck to the no. Finally somebody says the truth.

      May 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ordinary Average American

    I couldn't agree more, Mel! Ann Curry is an excellent journalist and was the best one on the Today Show. They fired the wrong one(s) . . . I won't be watching anymore either . . . haven't seen it since I tuned in to see Sarah Palin co-hosting! Ugh! Bye-bye, Today Show!

    May 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. shelter too young

    Ann had higher Q sore than Matt or Savannahhaha! From the day one, they treated her like Carry White (movie)... then finally facebookers found out the problem is a NAKED KING MATTE. He is not a top in the business, just a bold with fake smile. Stop bulling Ann Curry.

    May 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. shelter too young

    Why Today show's ratings keep falling after Ann? Many viewers left after Palin. I hate Savanna a divorced lawyer. And Meredith still keeps coming back over and over.

    May 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      Yeah, it's pretty bad when one of their best recent shows was when Palin hosted...

      I will miss Curry, she was the only competent one there I felt, and the only one with a decent soul. I don't blame Lauer directly, but Today Show staff and management. Sorry Ann.

      May 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • America's Just A Bit Silly

        Give Piers her job!

        Then you'd have to set your alarm!


        The Piers MORNING Show!

        Whatcha think?

        May 8, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shenli

    That's Stelter's opinion! So who made him authority over morning shows? Now that's funny! Ann Curry did excellent; ppl need to learn how to accept each other! Can't make ppl be "like you!" Different strokes for different folks! Bottom line: she did what was expected of her; she wasn't treated fairly by the 'ol boy network, and she was humiliated by nearly the entire Today crew! I would've harangued them! In other words, those ppl have no class and are not respectable! And yes, beginning w/Lauer & the executives! And they dare to want to come to Hawaii! Shall we have the Asian committee "sic" them for the truth? Aloha no!

    May 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason B

      No kidding, if Big Al can go on and say how he pooped his pants at the White House just because he got to meet his hero Obama, then nothing Ann did should've been under scrutiny.

      May 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Drones Of Colonnus Brittanicus HEAR ME!

        Many folks do the same waiting to see Uncle Joe,so much so there'd be an attendant with a pants rack inside the Kremlin.

        May 8, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. jayarby

    Look, I understand all the love for Ann. She came across as nice person. But frankly, she was terrible as co-host. Matt and Meredith Viera had a good chemistry, that was lacking when Ann came on board as co-host. IMO, Ann was good as a newsreader but she is a prime example of the Peter Principle which states employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence. And she reached that level of incompetence as the co-host. I don't give a damn about her clothes or hair. Where she faltered is when she stuttered and stammered through interviews, and when she disagreed with her interviewee, it showed in her face and body language. No, she was not good at her job as a co-host. However, I do believe the NBC execs handled the whole situation poorly, and they deserved the harsh criticism. She should never have been promoted to co-host to begin with, but they felt she would bolt for another network if they didn't. They should have let her bolt.

    May 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Bob Mushinsky

    Ann Curry was the only reason I watched TODAY, she has empathy and her kindness made her a real person unlike automans Guthrie and Lauer, I loved Ann! She asked tough questions and stood up for the underdog, this guy is delusional she was great!

    May 6, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. James Brown

    The three Ohio young girls, not women, where found alive after being missing for a decade; 3 men arrested, however, the police acknowledge they did little and would not focus on finding Michelle Knight, the third missing girl. So the hero " neighbor Charles Ramsey said can I help, to a girl in the house that was asking for help?'. Nine years before the forced to do their job rescue cops visited the Cleveland home where the girls were held. So I make these recommendations: give Charles Ramsey the pay of the police department for the time they didn’t do their job properly.

    May 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Glad he was around,that's for sure.Civic duty again:reminder if we all stick together in lieu of buying every gun under the sun things are better.Police may have a grilling to come(Piers,you reading?)as I really notice the bewilderment of the media
      in general as to how they could get away with it for so long.Watch this space,I guess...

      May 8, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. margaretrosemaryrohr

    Hi friend!

    I'm writing a review on an interesting book right now, please read some extracts here and tell me what you think.

    Looking forward, margaret.rohrbacher

    May 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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