What the hell TODAY show? Sweet Baby Jesus of Bethlehem, what a freaking mess this week! Anchors crying, co-hosts lying, and we’re all dying! This morning, we are going to examine the anatomy of a morning show meltdown.
Last year, the wildly popular Meredith Vieira was given a viral sendoff:
Who wouldn’t be jealous of a personal video set to Journey?
Longtime anchor Ann Curry was elevated in her place. Ann, a pleasant news reader and good foreign news correspondent, was overmatched from the start. The bosses on high should have know that, she was always awkward as a co-host.
Remember the first day she premiered? She dressed up like the first day of grammar school:
Then there was Ann’s penchant for the phrase “good morning“:
Good morning this morning, in news this morning, tornados off the coast of Florida this morning, wrecking everything in its path this morning, causing devastation the likes of which that region has not seen this morning. And good morning, to you and you and you! Jesus, it made me want to be in MOURNING.
Meg knew when TODAY sent Ann to Cannes it was the beginning of her swan song, cause that’s where the NBC brass sent Meredith the year before, saying “we know you’re leaving so we thought France would be a nice treat“!
Ann has had a lot of awkward moments, like when she interviewed Jada Pinkett Smith and congratulated her “her fabulous life”. She’s been on with many a chef, and admonished all of them about butter and salt. Too many of her segments came off as ungainly and unrefined for someone with 14 years on the show.
So yesterday, NBC graciously allotted 4 minutes to Ann to say goodbye and be weirdly pecked on the cheek by Matt Lauer, who Ann cringed from like he was slime.
Yeah, I’d cringe if Matt Lauer touched, me too.
Meg hates it when you see a nice person, who’s wrong for the job, be put in a position like that. It’s good TODAY is moving on, but Meg is not sure she’s going to move along with them; she hates their set that looks like a hospital waiting room, their interminable teasers for EXCLUSIVES, and the segments that give the viewer nothing more than a TMZ zinger.
This morning the suits didn’t even have enough balls to announce either Matt Lauer or Savannah Guthrie as the hosts of the show. Maybe NBC thinks we’ll all forget about the debacle that unfolded this week, but Meg will be watching to see the next cat claw dust up, which I’m sure will be EXCLUSIVE to TODAY.