By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor
It's a choice assignment, but fired TODAY show co-anchor Ann Curry will not be covering the Democratic National Convention this week, as her controversial replacement Savannah Guthrie will be reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
"Savannah is covering the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this week and will be featured on NBC Nightly News and MSNBC. Matt Lauer covered the Republican National Convention and is back in New York this week. Meanwhile, Ann Curry likely won't be on the air at all this week and won't be covering the DNC," a source close to the situation tells us.
"The news division decided that Curry shouldn't go to Charlotte because they want viewers to get a chance to get more comfortable with Savannah as the new face of the TODAY show family. Ann Curry's fans have been e-mailing the network and sending messages of support through social media, asking when she will be back on the air. She has only been on the air several times since she got fired, and the last time Ann was on the air was almost three weeks ago during a brief report she made from London for the Olympics," the insider added.
Good Morning America has recently been trouncing TODAY in the ratings, and has been number one in the ratings race two weeks in a row. As RadarOnline.com previously reported, even normally discreet former host Katie Couric has blasted NBC honchos for the way they handled Curry's firing.
Couric, who is busy promoting her much anticipated ABC talk show, told the Philadelphia Inquirer: "I felt really bad for Ann. I still don't understand why they didn't give her a sort of a proper send-off. Ann did some extraordinary work during her time there. It was just not the best chapter in the TODAY show. It made me sad for the institution."
However, spokeswoman for the TODAY show told RadarOnline.com, "Ann recently signed a long-term deal with NBC News. Ann and her unit are working on several assignments and she remains a highly-valued member of the news division...Her unit is working on several major projects for NBC News. Stay tuned."