There is no revenge like a woman – or TV anchor -- scorned, and NBC executives suspect that former TODAY co-host Ann Curry may have secretly cooperated with author Brian Stelter on his shocking expose, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
"Ann had a lot of respect among the crew of TODAY, even almost a year later. However, since Stelter's book release last week, that goodwill is coming to an end. There is just so much negativity geared towards Matt and the bosses at NBC, that only a few people knew about, Ann included. Who would have the motivation to reveal such damaging information? Ann and/or her friends and allies," a show insider told Radar.
"If Ann didn't directly work with Brian on the book, she likely would have told her friends and colleagues it was okay to talk to him. One of Ann's very good pals, New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Nicholas Kristof, spoke openly on the record in the book. There is no way he would have done that without Ann's permission."
The shocking tell-all reveals how badly Curry was treated by the top brass at the Peacock Network, leading up to, and after her demotion from TODAY. Curry's bosses were also heavily criticized for bungling her exit from the show last summer.
Lauer's good friend and TODAY fourth hour co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, revealed that she was so upset over the criticism directed at Lauer that she almost ran a full-page newspaper ad in his defense, signed by hundreds of his colleagues and friends.
Notably absent from the letter was Curry’s signature, although Gifford has claimed that Curry was out of the country and never got a chance to sign the letter.
Gifford refrained from publishing the letter after Lauer asked her to “keep it in the family,” but it didn’t take long for the press to get wind of its existence.
Everyone at TODAY, "is just trying to stay focused on the upcoming May sweeps. This book isn't going to detract them from trying to put on the best television show in the morning," the insider revealed.
"In the end, this could be the real Ann Curry that everyone is now seeing for the first time, and Matt isn't such a bad guy."