'She's been curried': Jenna Wolfe Upset With Demotion To News Reader On 'Weekend Today,' Erica Hill Is New Co-Host
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Former 'Today' co-host Jenna Wolfe is devastated after being 'kicked to the curb' from her Sunday gig, as equally dismayed fans of the show bombarded NBC with angry comments.
Ms Wolfe, who is now the program's weekend news reader, is telling friends she is 'extremely upset' by what she sees as a 'huge step backwards' in her career.
Hot on the heels of Ann Curry being ditched from the weekday morning show, Ms Wolfe was replaced by Erica Hill on the Sunday offshoot, who assumed the couch next to Lester Holt for the first time over the weekend.
'Curried': Jenna Wolfe, pictured as co-host with Lester Holt in September, has been replaced by Erica Hill
'After NBC confirmed last week that Erica had been hired as the new co-host, Jenna was told she was being moved to being the news anchor,' a show insider told RadarOnline.
'This is a huge step backwards for Jenna, and she is obviously extremely upset about it. Jenna doesn't understand why she was essentially kicked to the curb.
'(She) doesn't harbor any bad feelings towards Erica, but she is upset with how the network has treated her.'
Hundreds of fans took to the 'Today' show's Facebook page over the weekend, lambasting the station's decision to bump Ms Wolfe.
New anchor: Hot on the heels of Ann Curry being ditched from the weekday morning show, Ms Wolfe was replaced by Erica Hill, left, who assumed the anchor desk next to Lester Holt, right, for the first time yesterday
Hit: Ms Hill, right, a former CBS This Morning anchor, was 'an immediate hit' with the Today show's producers
Many claimed it mirrored Ms Curry's unpopular departure in the summer, with one user coining the term 'curried' as a verb for being demoted by the channel.
Linda Jurevic wrote: 'When Ann got 'curried' I switched to CBS morning- a delightful change. Perhaps I will have to try GMA for a Sunday edition now. It's not that we can't accept change, it's just that we don't like to watch uncomfortable and awkward endings. Perhaps manners are outdated now....'
Done it again: Many claimed the switch mirrored the unpopular departure of Ann Curry, pictured, in June
Another viewer commented: 'First Ann Curry, now Jenna Wolfe getting the short end of the stick.'
The program's Twitter page was also targeted by unimpressed punters.
Last week, the bumped anchor expressed her disappointment at the shuffle, tweeting that she was staying with the show because there was 'more to be done here,' but adding 'Mom once said change is good, but I think she meant my diaper.'
And many thought she looked unhappy in her new role over the weekend.
'I felt so bad for Jenna, looking very uncomfortable,' one viewer commented. 'It's like seeing Ann Curry all over again.'
Toeing the station line on Sunday, after being quizzed about the audience backlash, Ms Wolfe said she was still 'very much a 'Today' show anchor' and added that 'our 'Today' family got stronger this weekend with the addition of Erica to our team.'
Meanwhile, Ms Hill, a former CBS This Morning anchor, was 'an immediate hit' with the show's producers, RadarOnline reported.
'Erica is being embraced by everyone, and the crew respects her tremendously,' the website's source said.
'Erica is a true professional and one thing that makes her an amazing journalist is that she works with her producers and welcomes feedback. She just brings out the best in people naturally.'