I've been watching the Today show since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta (my hometown). That's 21 years of morning shows. So, when they fire someone or decide to ruin her career, I feel like they're hurting a friend, you know? It seems like NBC only fires or demotes the women of the show. Other than Billy Bush, which was a completely different situation, I can't think of a man who has been taken off the show because of ratings. That's what they always claim, "we're trying something new because of ratings." Why is it the women who have to suffer?
First, it was Ann Curry. They completely blindsided her due to "ratings," however the ratings drop was a normal reaction to a longtime host (Katie Couric) leaving the show. Then, recently, Natalie Morales. They're spinning this as a good thing, but it's a demotion. Who would want to leave the spotlight of Today to hosts Access Hollywood? No one. This week, they demoted Tamron Hall because of Megyn Kelly (Megyn Kelly, ugh) and Tamron quit. These incidents alone wouldn't be a bid deal, but it's consistently the women of Today who have to make way for new anchors or are demoted/fired due to low ratings. Why aren't the men ever the ones who are fired?