Ann Curry is so... Ann Curry-ish
by Joel Keller, posted Oct 15th 2009 8:24PM
NBC just sent me a series of photos showing the interviews that will be conducted during the network's "A Woman's Nation" series. As part of the series, NBC, CNBC and MSNBC personalities will interview each other about "the state of women in American life," as the accompanying press release has stated.
In most of the pics, the pairs -- Andrea Mitchell/Rachel Maddow, Kathie Lee Gifford/Jenna Bush Hager, Mika Brzezinski/Hoda Kotb, Natalie Morales/Suze Orman -- sit on the comfy chairs, legs crossed. As you can see from the pic above, Ann Curry, who's paired up with Meredith Vieira, wants to be different: shoes off, feet tucked under her rear end. She's really into this conversation, know what I mean? She's listening. She's comfortable.
It's so Ann Curry, isn't it?
Any regular watcher of Today knows what I'm talking about; the intense, almost fake sincerity that she oozes in every interview, whether it's with Brad Pitt, some kid who just got suspended for bringing a knife into school, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I've experienced the Ann Curry effect in person, and it seems just as off-putting up close as it does on TV. I'm guessing that's just her personality, but I wonder if she realizes how intense she comes off to people. I'd imagine that Larry David had folks like her in mind when he wrote about the "close talker" on Seinfeld.
Anyway, just for reference, here are the other four pics in the series: