Our sources — and they are impeccable — tell us they are determined to cut a deal with Ann by week’s end. We’re told the deal is not closed yet — as we reported, Ann wants her contract paid off in full to the tune of $20 million. She also wants to leave the network. NBC offered her a measly $10 mil and a diminished role in the news department. We’re told there has been “some movement,” but the parties haven’t struck a deal … yet.
We’re told NBC wants Savannah Guthrie — Ann’s replacement — firmly in place before the Olympics so they can showcase her next to Matt Lauer.
One more thing … There are reports “Today” news anchor, Natalie Morales, wants to leave the network because she’s pissed off that she’s now been passed over twice for the co-anchor job. We’re told — by people who absolutely know — that story is “total baloney.” We’re told Natalie “loves her job and she’s completely happy with what she’s doing.”
Maybe Natalie figured it out — co-hosting “Today” is high risk.
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