Now that she’s gone from "Today," NBC News President Steve Capus has revealed that Ann Curry’s failure on the morning show included her inability to handle cooking segments, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Capus said Curry was weak in the food segments as well as celebrity interviews, the story reports.
“I think it was not where her real passion was,” Capus told THR. “In her heart of hearts, I think she would admit that. I think her real passion is built around reporting on international stories. It’s tough to convey a sincere interest in something if you don’t possess it.”
Capus also indicated that the advent of hi-def programming played a role. “We live in an HD world,” he said. “Dan Rather used to say the camera never blinks. Well, this is an HD world now, and the camera picks up everything. And you could tell with her — you can tell with any anchor, whether they’re into it or not. And I think we’ve now come up with a role that will play to her strengths.”
Curry will contribute to NBC News programs as an international correspondent and anchor.
The story notes: “Asked why Curry did not work out as a morning TV host, Capus allowed that her weakness was convincingly presiding over morning TV staples such as cooking segments and celebrity interviews that make up a big chunk of the job.”
Said Capus: “We gave her a year to prove herself, and ultimately we came to the conclusion that she had played at the highest level she could. When you’re in the major leagues of our profession, you’ve got to continue to be at peak performance in order to stay there.”