A tearful Ann Curry said goodbye after one year as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, saying “this is not as I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years.”
“For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line but, man, I did try,” she said, breaking down.
Curry said she’s being given a “fancy new title” and will lead a reporting team. “You made NBC better, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” co-host Matt Lauer said.
He sat next to Curry on a couch as she made the announcement, joined by a somber Al Roker and Natalie Morales. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie is expected to replace Curry.
Producer says Ephron show to go on
A producer of Nora Ephron’s new play, “Lucky Guy,” says he is “committed” to getting her biography of a newspaper columnist on a Broadway stage despite the death this week of the playwright.
Colin Callender said Thursday that his team “can think of no more fitting tribute to her extraordinary writing and remarkable body of work” than to proceed with plans to produce Ephron’s play.
“Lucky Guy” follows the story of tabloid reporter Mike McAlary, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his coverage on the New York City police brutalization of Abner Louima. McAlary died that same year of colon cancer at age 41.
Drug dog busts Dogg in Norway
Norwegian media are reporting that Snoop Dogg was briefly detained in Norway after entering the country with marijuana and a large amount of cash.
Customs officials decline to confirm the report, saying only that an American artist entered Norway with a small amount of marijuana that was detected by a sniffer-dog. Norwegian law prevents law enforcement officials from naming suspects.
A customs officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said Thursday that the artist was also carrying more cash than is legally allowed and was subsequently fined $8,600 for the violations.
The birthday bunch
Movie producer Robert Evans is 82. Actor Gary Busey is 68. Comedian Richard Lewis is 65. Actor-turned-politician-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 64. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 64. Singer Don Dokken (Dokken) is 59. Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 59. Actress Maria Conchita Alonso is 55. Actress Sharon Lawrence is 51. Actress Melora Hardin is 45. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 34.