Has NBC Pulled Another 'Ann Curry'? Fans Are Upset at 'Weekend Today' Host Switch NY Times
NBC has angered some viewers with another change in hosts, although this time fans are upset at the network's decision to bump Jenna Wolfe, the Sunday co-host of "Weekend Today," reports The New York Times' Media Decoder.
As previously reported, NBC hired former CBS and CNN anchor Erica Hill, who will co-host the Saturday and Sunday program "Weekend Today" with Lester Holt. Wolfe is shifting to news anchor on Saturdays and Sundays.
After the hosting change was announced, "Today’s” Facebook page was targeted by hundreds of fans who said they were upset at NBC's decision to bump Wolfe. The comments were reminiscent of Ann Curry's exit from "Today" in June, when many viewers voiced displeasure at the network's decision to push her from the co-host role.
Fans also took to Twitter to protest Wolfe's treatment, with Ann Curry's name becoming a verb as some people wrote that Wolfe had been "Curried."
“Why does the ‘Today’ show keep messing around with their anchors. Isn’t viewer loyalty worth anything?” one viewer wrote, according to the story.
NBC said the changes would improve the overall show. Wolfe, speaking via an NBC representative, said she's still "very much a ‘Today’ show anchor” and added that the "Today" "family got stronger this weekend with the addition of Erica to our team," according to the report.