By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
Ann Curry choked back the tears when she was booted from her regular spot on TODAY in June, but the former co-host is having the last laugh as the NBC morning show's ratings continue to spiral downwards, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
"Ann feels completely vindicated by the TODAY show's poor ratings since she left," a source close to the situation exclusively told Radar. "She feels she was fired completely unfairly and wasn't given a fair shot at the gig."
As we previously reported, replacement Savannah Guthrie is under increasingly intense pressure after TODAY was beaten out in the ratings race by arch-rival ABC's Good Morning America for the fourth straight week.
Despite returning to her old show for special coverage of the Colorado shooting last week, Curry, 55, is secretly pleased that the show is struggling under their new co-anchor.
"Ann feels she was made a scapegoat by the network and that it's the whole show that needed an overhaul, not her replacing," our insider added.
"She feels they should have booked better guests and had a more exciting line-up and better stories to cover and better writing. Ann believes that point has been proved by the show's ratings declining even further since she left."
While she will no doubt be a reoccurring face on NBC in her new role as anchor-at-large and national/international correspondent, Ann doesn't have any spite for her 40-year-old replacement.
"She has no hard feelings towards Savannah," said the source, however her opinion of host Lauer is much more damning.
"There's definitely no love lost for Matt Lauer though, who she feels threw her under the bus completely."