During Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt addressed the replacement of Ann Curry on "Today". Greenblatt said he had no real involvement with her ousting but his "heart goes out to" her.
"I will say that to be No. 1 for, I don't know, 16 years or something, as that show has been, shows go through transitions and they're always difficult. I think everybody in the news division from what I could tell took as much care as they could ...to make this transition happen," Greenblatt told reporters.
"It's never easy. Things leak and you try to do things respectfully and then you have to go out and announce something you weren't ready to announce," he continued, adding "My heart goes out to all those people, including Ann, and everybody who went through that transition."
Curry was replaced by Savannah Guthrie earlier this month as the new co-host for Matt Lauer. Rumor has it, it was her lack of chemistry with Lauer that led to NBC's decision.
Despite the departure from "Today", Curry is still a big part of the network's news programs. As of late, she was brought back to "Today" to cover the "The Dark Knight Rises" massacre in Aurora, Colorado.