Ann Curry will walk off the Today show with a $10 million check, sources told the New York Post. The host inked a $20 million contract with NBC when she became co-host of the morning show last year. While the network has a history of offering fat payouts to departing talent—including a generous $45 million to Conan O’Brien when he was ousted from The Tonight Show—Curry’s reported payday is only middling at the morning show. Host Matt Lauer’s contract renewal reportedly came in at $25 million a year. News that Curry, who has been with Today for 15 years, was being replaced on the show leaked last week.
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