Today Show’s Ann Curry’s Body Language Reveals Her Raw Pain and Public Humiliation At Getting Fired
On the Today Show set as she gave her farewell statement, Ann Curry’s words and body language spoke volumes of the pain and humiliation she was experiencing as a result of getting kicked off the show because of her poor ratings.
As you can see in the photo,her shoulders were hunched as they reflected her shame. Her legs are tightly crossed and her knees are pulled up towards her body. It is as though she is retreating into the fetal position. Her arm covers her torso as a form of self protection against her vulnerability as she plays with her hair in order to comfort herself.
Her biggest pain is that she feels he let people down as she spoke between sobs. She addressed the fact that she represented culturally (the Asian community) and apologized for not being able to carry the ball. Perhaps that was the most severe pain she was harboring.
One could not watch her departure without feeling her pain as millions of people can relate to her. It was reported that she will take less money than the 20 million dollar payout which includes her not working for two years. Instead she opted for the 1o million and the opportunity to still be employed by NBC in a lesser and less visible position. They gave her a fancy title and say she will still be a part of the Today Show family.
But Ann knows the drill. She knows the painful truth that will stick in her psyche for the rest of her life. It is a wound that will never heal. It is the wound of public humiliation and the knowledge that she will feel she was not good enough. She knows she was fired because her ratings didn’t measure up and that is difficult to swallow. So many people all over the world can relate to her pain.
In the world of downsizing, financial crisis, not being able to live out your dreams because there is a lack of money available in budgets, to getting fired because of petty office politics, or like Ann Curry, that you weren’t good enough, many can put themselves into Ann Curry’s shows. She represents what people feel like when they are humiliated and have dedicated decades to a job, only to be unappreciated and tossed aside like a dead raccoon.
It was so sad to see but at the same time it was refreshing to see. It showed genuine “reality” on a television program. The tears and the pain were real. It was not scripted or manufactured a la Kardashian. Instead it was raw and gut wrenching.
Ann Curry did the right thing to take less money in her settlement and still be able to have a job. Many people aren’t as lucky. While she is being blamed as the scapegoat and used as the sacrificial lamb for the low ratings, the reality is that she may not be the real reason NBC like so many other venues are falling in the ratings. It may very well have nothing to do with her.
There are a myriad of reasons why the ratings are lower . Mainly, people aren’t watching television let alone early morning television. Many watched the Today show before they went to work. But with so many people getting let go or fired or having no work,they often have no reason to get up so early to watch the show. Then there is the younger demographic who only gets their information from the internet.
With all due respect to Matt Lauer, maybe it was him- his age or his personality or the dynamic of he and Ann. What kept many watching Matt and Katy Couric in the past was Katy’s antagonistic ying and yang with Matt. Whether one likes it or not, there is ageism and sexism when it comes to the media , especially in television. In essence, after 20 years Ann is being tossed away for a younger more attractive woman in hopes of reaching a younger demographic.That is the bottom line. Most likely it won’t make a difference.
Sometimes the higher ups do choose an older woman like they did with Meredith Viera. But Meredith was already on a very powerful and highly watched show – the View. So some executive thought that if they bored her she would bring her many View fans along with her. The same holds true for Katy Couric. Even though her CBS ratings as a news anchor were dismal she got another chance at the camera as a close to 60 year old woman because she is a known entity and most likely has a great agent. She is an exception to the rule. While she may very well have an iron clad contract, if her ratings at GMA fail, most likely she will meet the same fate as Ann Curry.
Then there are people who are fired because they are getting old and start looking older. This happened to many of the former beauties who were once on the news or news entertainment related programs whom you now never see on the air. Their expiration date was up and someone at the helm decided it was time to get a new and improved younger and sexier version of them.
Unlike most people who get fired and humiliated Ann still has a job which will be effective immediately. Most people are not so lucky. It takes them years to secure another job if they are lucky enough secure one at all. They are forced to feel their homes, move in with relatives, eat into their life savings for survival, and even go on Food Stamps. In fact the government recently reported that those who require food stamps are at an all time high with billions of dollars going to help feed those who cannot do so for themselves.
Ann is the poster girl (woman) for what it really feels like to be fired and let go. Her tears and pain were our tears of pain as millions could relate to her . She didn’t have to feel embarrassed for crying. She was real and a hero in my eyes for sharing herself so openly and honestly. I think this is what will now put Ann Curry on the map. Perhaps now her ratings will skyrocket because more people will know of her and feel what she went though.