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When the news came in November that Matt Lauer had been fired by NBC for alleged sexual misconduct, the phrase "Somewhere Ann Curry" began to be a trend on Twitter.
"Somewhere, Ann Curry is breaking that champagne," one user wrote. Another offered that somewhere, Ann Curry was "pronouncing these three simple words: Karma & # 39; s ab-". Chimed on another: "Somewhere Ann Curry has just made her orange juice a mimosa."
But in truth, Curry, sitting exclusively with the people of this week's edition (in the stands on Friday) is not the one to gloat over.
"I'm not a vindictive person," he says about Lauer's fall. "I know what it is to be humiliated, I just do not want to play a role in anyone's humiliation."
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After barely a year co-hosting Today with Lauer, Curry, 61, left the NBC morning show in 2012: a painful test that was completed with speculation that his The dismissal was partly due to the lack of "chemistry" with Lauer, 60, and amid reports that he had helped force her out. (NBC sources insist that the blame fell on the negative ratings)
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Reflecting on Lauer's dismissal, what it means to her, to other women in the media and beyond, Curry says he feels "outraged" by such supposedly bad behavior was tolerated and "tremendous empathy for the victims."
Regarding his own experience in that workplace, he hesitates when asked if he felt a touch of vindication about how things developed for man once represented as his nemesis.
"I wish I could say I was celebrating," she says. "But I actually got control immediately." Because I knew that women had suffered "
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The mother of two children, who returns to television on January 23 with the new six part PBS docuseries We & # 39; ll Meet Again meets all the women who have spoken about gender discrimination and sexual misconduct as part of #MeToo movements and Time & # 39; s Up. When asked if sexism played a role in his dismissal from Today nods vigorously in agreement.
"The women's movement took us to the workplace , but it did not make us safe once we got there, "she says." The battle lines are now clear. "
Now, Curry is embarking on his next trip. We & # 39; ll Meet Again the first series developed by his own production company, focuses on 12 stories of people looking for people who changed their lives.
"The power we have to do good and have compassion lives deeply in all of us, and I think it's something we should remember," he says. "There are times when we forget that it exists, and we may be living in one of those moments right now, but the capacity for good is still there, it exists and it will re-emerge"