Will Natalie Morales Follow Ann Curry Out the Door on ‘Today’?
Ann Curry will reportedly vacate her chair as co-host of NBC's 'Today' show as early as Friday -- and she may not be the only one. Insiders say that if the show's newsreader Natalie Morales isn't offered the gig, she may be departing as well.
“If Natalie’s passed over for the job, she’s going to leave next,” a source told the New York Post.
Morales has been with 'Today' for six years, and when former co-host Meredith Vieira stepped down, she was mentioned as a possible replacement. The stint went to Curry instead, and the show insider revealed, “This will be the second time [Natalie] has been passed over for the top job. And she’s not happy."
If that's true, Morales might want to start packing up her office -- the third-hour co-host of 'Today,' Savannah Guthrie, is reportedly the front-runner to replace Curry, with NBC's Hoda Kotb also mentioned as a contender.
But maybe all the gossip is for naught. An NBC Universal rep said the talk about Morales being disgruntled is “totally untrue,” and another anonymous insider added, “Natalie couldn’t be happier in her current role.” In situations like this it's hard to know who's telling the truth, though representatives have a reputation for not saying everything is fine, even when it isn't.