In a reunion that was "not entirely without tension," former "Today" co-host Ann Curry appeared with her ex-colleague Matt Lauer in a live NBC broadcast Thursday from the Olympics, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Curry, who was pushed out from her job after the morning program suffered a yearlong ratings decline, was greeted with an enthusiastic "nice to see you" from Lauer, the story notes. It was the first face-to-face meeting between them since Curry left her "Today" co-hosting role last month.
Curry wasn’t as effusive, replying with a curt "Good morning, Matt," before diving directly into a profile of Adam Pretty, an Olympics photographer.
After the profile, Lauer asked Curry about her experience with the photographer. "You’re pretty good with the camera. Did you pick up anything?" he asked.
"No," she replied.
Then she added, "Well, I didn’t take any pictures, but I learned some lessons from him." Lauer ended the segment by saying how "good" it was to see Curry, according to the story.
The report adds: “NBC initially tried to soften the blow of Curry’s very public demotion by granting her a new role as ‘anchor-at-large’ for ‘Today’ and also promised her the opportunity to report from the London Olympics. But it has taken two weeks for that chance to materialize, fueling speculation that ‘Today’ had scaled back her coverage in order to spotlight her replacement, Savannah Guthrie.”