The news of Matt Lauer’s ousting from NBC News early on Wednesday, Nov. 29 has sent shockwaves through the journalism community as well as the rest of the world. Lauer was fired after working for more than 20 years with NBC and primarily Today. Allegations of sexual misconduct ran rampant in reports published on Wednesday, including one from Variety, which provided details of Lauer’s alleged improper behavior.
In the wake of these allegations, a portion of the conversation has become devoted to the treatment of beloved former Today anchor Ann Curry. For those who may not recall, Curry was quietly let go from her position on Today in 2012, and it was rumored that Curry’s fraught working relationship with Lauer was the true reason behind her allegedly being pushed out, leaving Lauer to benefit.
Curry’s tearful final sign-off has given way to her keeping a relatively low profile in recent years, although you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t think of her warmly when her name is mentioned (seriously, who the heck doesn’t love Ann Curry?). That fondness and love for Curry gave way to a trending phrase on Twitter, “Somewhere Ann Curry,” which involved numerous Twitters folks joking (in a rather feisty, snarky tone, mind you) about what Curry was doing when she theoretically heard the news about Lauer’s firing.
Somewhere, Ann Curry… pic.twitter.com/UeNYgZVDYK
— Jamie Stelter (@JamieStelter) November 29, 2017
Somewhere Ann Curry is saying "If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by."
— El Shawno Deluxe (@Random_Shawness) November 29, 2017
Somewhere Ann Curry walking into every single room like: pic.twitter.com/Uao54FV1UW
— Charlie Fitzpatrick (@CharFitz83) November 29, 2017
Somewhere Ann Curry is sitting next to a Christmas tree, sipping a cup of coffee, and mouthing these three simple words pic.twitter.com/Xf8a4ukyHt
— Lisa Limon (@LisaLimonTx) November 29, 2017
Somewhere Ann Curry is having a nice bowl of Frosted Karma Flakes.
— Dirk Peterson (@PacosFriend) November 29, 2017
People magazine managed to get a little from Curry on Lauer’s firing, with her saying that she’s “still processing” the news. Curry then managed to turn her remarks toward the women who allegedly fell victim to Lauer’s unwanted and sexually aggressive behavior. “Those women need to keep their jobs, and all women need to be able to work, to be able to thrive, without fear. This kind of behavior exists across industries, and it is so long overdue for it to stop. This is a moment when we all need to be a beacon of light for those women, for all women, and for ourselves.”
There’s no reason to think Curry would come back to Today, but the whole story makes you hope for at least something good to come of it. It would surely be good to have Curry back with us every morning because, again, who doesn’t love Ann Curry? But for now, that’s all we can do: hope without a reason to hope that we see more of her in the future.