Ann Curry hasn’t said much about how Today dropped her ass in the dumpster after being a co-anchor for about three seconds (if you want to get technical, she was co-anchor for a year) and how she feels about the career of Matt Lauer (aka the smug dildo who may have played a big part in her firing) also ending up in the dumpster. But Ann is finally (just pretend this text is blinking for dramatic purposes) BREAKING HER SILENCE!!!
Ann is on the cover of this week’s People giving us an “Oh honey, sit down and put on a plastic poncho because I’m about to spill the tea all over the place” pose. But you don’t need to keep the burn cream handy because Ann’s tea ain’t boiling hot.
In an interview with People about her new PBS show We’ll Meet Again, Ann said that she kept quiet about her Today firing for so long because she’s a journalist and the #1 rule in journalism is to stay humble and not make the story about you (“I, Matt Lauer, wrote the rule book on journalism and that is definitely not the #1 rule.” – Matt Lauer). Getting fired was shitty for Ann, but she didn’t want to respond by flipping all those traitor bitches off in front of the cameras.
“It hurt like hell. It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself. I can say I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve been honest and true. I’ve tried to stay pure. I’ve tried to not respond in a knee-jerk manner, and I’ve stayed very close to who I am. So it hurt, but I’m also proud of myself.”
When talking about how she let go of feeling resentment toward NBC News, Ann let out several empowering mantras that your auntie constantly posts on Facebook:
“I’m not going to say it wasn’t hard. But I had to let go. And I learned that when you not only let go but open your arms wide and learn the lessons that an experience — no matter how bad — can teach you, that’s when you rise.
I can say today I’m stronger now. I’m smarter. I’m happier, as happy as I’ve ever been. And my compassion has only grown. When you go through the pain and learn the lessons, you will be changed for the better.”
And about Matt Lauer…
We all made the same “Ann Curry must be dancing with happiness on the grave of Matt Lauer’s career” joke after sexual harassment allegations killed his job with NBC News. But Ann said that she wasn’t cackling while waltzing with Sweet Revenge on the grave of Matt’s career because she knows what it feels like to get humiliated in front of everyone.
“I’m not a vengeful person. I know what it’s like to be humiliated. I just don’t want to play a part in anyone else’s humiliation.”
Ann was also on CBS This Morning today, and she was very careful about answering a question about Matt Lauer’s alleged molestin’ paws and said she’s not surprised about the allegations. Gayle King tried to pull more out of her and asked if she ever saw anything, and she finally spit out this carefully worded response.
“See now I’m walking down that road. I’m trying not to hurt people and I know what it’s like to be publicly humiliated. I never did anything wrong to be publicly humiliated and I don’t want to cause that kind of pain to someone else. But I can say, because you’re asking me a very direct question, that I would be surprised if many women did not understand that there was a climate of verbal harassment that existed. I think it would be surprising if someone said they didn’t see that.”
— CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 17, 2018
I get that Ann Curry is classy and professional and wants to keep it classy and professional, but fuck classy. (“Was Classy that redhead intern from the summer of 2008, because if so, then yeah, I already did.” – Matt Lauer, again, he’s got a lot to say in this post.) If Ann wants to give a proper response to questions about Matt Lauer’s downfall and sexual harassment at Today without saying too much, she should just throw her head back and laugh and laugh and laugh until it’s time to cut to commercial break. Take note from Sharon Stone!
Pic: Victoria Will/People