A new report says there’s one thing hanging up host Ann Curry’s exit from NBC’s “Today” show, while her successor appears to be locked in.
The hangup, not surprisingly, is money, TMZ.com reports. Meanwhile, Savannah Guthrie has reportedly already made her deal to replace Curry. We reported late last week that Guthrie was at the top of the list of likely replacements.
Curry is reportedly one year into a three-year, $10 million-a-year contract. She and the network are said to be haggling over the balance, with NBC unwilling to cough up the full $20 million left on her contract to buy her out.
TMZ reports: “Sources tell us Ann wants the full $20 mil and her exit papers. NBC wants to pay her $10 mil and give her a foreign correspondent job.”
NBC appears to be motivated to make the move quickly so that Guthrie will be in place by the time the Olympics begin. The report says the objective is to make an announcement by early next week — possibly later this week.
[Correction 6-26-12 at 8:48 am PT with correct per-year salary according to TMZ]