“Ann wants out of her contract, big time. She has formally asked her attorney to explore exit options from the network. However, NBC bosses have indicated they are unwilling to release Ann from the contract. If Ann was to just quit, there is a non-compete clause, which would prohibit her from working for another news outlet for two years,” a source told Radar.
Ann wants to leave NBC to go over to CNN, where her old boss Jeff Zucker will be taking over in February. Ann believes she has every right to be let out of her current contract to do so; “Ann’s lawyer feels that there is a very strong case to be made that NBC has breached terms of the deal because Curry was demoted from TODAY. Furthermore, Ann has basically been sequestered from appearing on the network. Yes, she has been doing some work that has been assigned to her, but it hasn’t been steady,” the source explained.
If Ann gets her way she may be taking over Anderson Cooper’s current 8pm time slot. This would be a strategic move on Jeff’s behalf, since Today’s ratings have continued to drop since Ann left the show, and her presence on CNN may help to get the struggling news channel ratings back up.
“Ann doesn’t like the fact that the show [Today] isn’t back on top, but her on-air presence wasn’t the problem. In fact, the show lost more viewers after Ann departed the show. As long as Ann remains at NBC, it will be a constant reminder to everyone of how badly the situation was handled. It would be so much better for NBC, Ann, and CNN if she was let out of her contract. It would be a new beginning and a chance for all parties involved to move on, once and for all.”
Hopefully, for Ann’s sake, NBC will stop jerking her around and let her move on with her career once and for all.
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