Someone might want to hand Ann Curry a napkin on her way out the door at the "Today" show, because it looks like she has a lot of egg on her face.
Curry, who's reportedly being phased out of her "Today" show co-anchor gig as early as next week, suffered a one-two punch of humiliation on Thursday -- once, in the pages of "Ladies' Home Journal," and again on her own (but probably not for long) TV show.
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Curry graces the cover of the August 2012 "Ladies' Home Journal" -- on newsstands July 10 -- and, as sometimes happens, the dynamics of magazine lead time doled out an "ouch!" moment. As exhibited by an excerpt of the story published on the LHJ website, Curry was a lot more optimistic about her prospects on "Today" when she sat down for the interview than she is this week.
Asked about where she sees herself in the next few years, Curry replied, "I've been at 'Today' for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20. I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation."
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On the bright side, Curry will probably be able to start on that education degree a lot earlier than she expected.
That wasn't the only indignity that Curry would suffer.
On Thursday's installment of "Today," Curry interviewed Steve Carell about his upcoming film, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." The accompanying screen chyron that appeared under Curry during the segment ostensibly referred to the end-times theme of the movie's title. But it also offered some commentary on Curry's current status with the morning show.
"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," the banner read.
A case of cluelessness, or bit of deliberate cheeky cruelty on the graphics department's part? Draw your own conclusions as you watch the video.