Ann Curry bullied on “Today” set months before leaving

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An upcoming book from Brian Stelter entitled “Top of the Morning” reveals details about Ann Curry and her experience of being bullied by Today producers, Matt Lauer and even the crew.

Brian Stelter claims on his new book that the public firing of Ann Curry was the least embarrassing for the veteran journalist, as she was being “tortured” on set and routinely poked fun at, with producers calling the plot to oust her ‘Operation Bambi.’

Executive producer Jim Bell was reportedly the one responsible for naming the ousting “Operation Bambi” after a friend told him firing the journalist would be like “killing Bambi.” Matt Lauer, who served as Curry’s on-screen co-host, allegedly told a production assistant he “can’t believe (he’s) sitting next to this woman.”

In a portion of the book that ran on nytimes.com on Thursday, Stelter wrote: “Curry felt that the boys’ club atmosphere behind the scenes at ‘Today’ undermined her from the start, and she told friends that her final months were a form of professional torture.” Stelter’s source on the Today set also said: “a lot of time in the control room was spent making fun of Ann’s outfit choices or just generally messing with her.”

Stelter also claimed Bell never wanted Curry to get the job in the first place, but didn’t want the veteran journalist leaving to end up on another network as a direct competitor.

If you’re interested in more details: “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV” comes out April 23.

Photos by: Ivan Nikolov/PNP/WENN.com

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