Ann Curry’s out and Savannah Guthrie is in on the Today show — well, as soon as NBC’s lawyers can get Curry’s contract figured out, according to TMZ and several other sources.
Ann is only in her first year of a three-year contract as co-host, under which she’s supposed to make $10 million a year. She reportedly wants the remaining $20 million, but NBC wants to give her a foreign correspondent position instead. The other option is that NBC would give Curry the money, but under the condition that she doesn’t take a new job for the next two years.
But onto what’s more important, getting to know Savannah Guthrie! The beautiful, 40-year-old former lawyer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown Law Center, and she’s a member of the bar in Washington and Arizona. She got her TV start as a legal analyst in Arizona, Missouri and Washington before graduating to Court TV and then, in 2007, to NBC, where she’s currently co-hosting the third hour of the show. Decent resume, right?
Let’s see: vivacious, magnetic, the target of many people’s secret jealousies. Yup, it was the role Nick Cannon was born to play! Nick Cannon joins Up All Night, appearing on the NBC sitcom headed up by Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Also on the show is SNL alum Maya Rudolph, who plays an Oprah-esque talk show host; Cannon will have a reoccurring role as Calvin, Rudolph’s jovial, charismatic emcee whose popularity she silently resents. We’re not saying they just hired Nick to hopefully get a Mariah cameo. We’re just saying that would have been a genius plan if they did.
Of course, this isn’t Nick’s first time at the acting rodeo; Cannon has ventured into feature films before, like Love Don’t Cost a Thing and Drumline, in addition to his comedy special Mr. Showbiz and hosting gig on America’s Got Talent. Wow, when you lay it all out like that, it sort of makes us secretly resent Nick Cannon. Oh wait, it’s not a secret if we tell everybody. Oh no, we hit Publish! Close out! Close out!
Conan O’Brien and NBC are going to go down in history as one of those Hollywood relationships where we only remember the bad stuff, despite all the good years they had together. Unfortunately even after the Tonight Show drama, the bad stuff keeps coming. This week, O’Brien was negotiating to take part in Fox’s Idol Gives Back, American Idol‘s annual charity fundraiser, but unfortunately for people who love Idol and Team CoCo, he’s unable to participate due to his contract with NBC contract.
The problem is that after departing The Tonight Show, O’Brien signed a contract stating that he wouldn’t appear on television until May 1 – enough time to grow a crazy beard and change lives one Twitter user at a time, sure - but that means he can’t even make guest appearances for charity until then. Idol Gives Back is set to air on April 21. A contract’s a contract, but we feel like not allowing Conan to appear on a show whose sole purpose is to raise money for those in need further cement’s NBC’s Scrooge McDuck image. At least we still have Conan’s stage tour to look forward to. [Photo: Getty Images]
Conan O’Brien has rejected NBC’s offer to stay with “The Tonight Show” at a 12:05 AM time slot, following the “Jay Leno Show.” As sad as this is for comedy nerds everywhere (us, of course), we’re virtually high-fiving the redheaded host for calling NBC execs out for completely f*cking up (and over) their network, their stars, their staffers, and a show that has become an institution. Conan is one classy dude. Here’s his comment, which was released this afternoon, in its entirety:
People of Earth:
In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.