Ann Curry will get her walking papers from the "Today" show next week, and NBC will pay dearly, according to TMZ.
Network sources said Curry's contract that guarantees her $10 million a year. She apparently signed it almost a year ago, when she took over as Matt Lauer's co-anchor on "Today." Allegedly, the deal is guaranteed for three years.
Network sources told TMZ Curry's likely landing spot with be NBC News, where she'll become a foreign correspondent.
She better do some serious corresponding for $10 million a year.
Curry's likely ouster is the result of the first prolonged ratings challenge to "Today's" morning supremacy in 16 years. "Today" lost in the ratings this spring for the first time since 1995 after 852 consecutive weeks. Since then, "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America" have been mostly alternating atop the morning ratings.
Curry, who has been with "Today" since 1997, replaced Meredith Vieira last June as Lauer's partner. Lauer agreed to a long-term contract this spring to stay with the show and there have rumors that the two do not get along.
Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosts the show's third hour, is at the top of the list of Curry's possible replacements. Vieira turned down an offer to return to the show, reports said Thursday.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that Curry had hired Washington lawyer Robert Barnett to represent her in talks with NBC News.
NBA STAR SUES OVER BRAWL: San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is suing a New York City club and its operators for $20 million over a scratched cornea he says he suffered during a fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage.
That's one expensive cornea.
Reports said the suit, filed Thursday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, claims the W.i.P club in SoHo and its operators were negligent in security and supervision, which allowed the fight to take place.
It had not previously been reported that Parker, the ex-husband of actress Eva Longoria, was present at the Brown/Drake melee. E! Online reported that Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and Fabolous were also said to be spotted in the club that night.
Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were among eight injured during the fight inside the club last week. Police say members of Drake's entourage stopped Brown as he was leaving. The fight, said to be over singer Rihanna, escalated and bottles were thrown.
No one associated with the club has commented on the lawsuit.
"AMERICAN IDOL" STAR HEADED TO 'GLEE': In an unholy partnership that will, no doubt, spell the end of civilization, "Glee" and "American Idol" are taking their new Thursday pairing to a whole new level.
The Fox musical dramedy is close to adding Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez for a multi-episode arc in its upcoming fourth season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As first reported by TV Line, details on Sanchez's character are being kept under wraps. But the singer would reportedly join the series midway through Season 4 and join high-profile additions Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson, who have both signed on for multiple episodes.
"Glee" will move from its longtime home on Tuesdays to Thursday nights starting in September, to be paired with reality juggernaut Idol.
Sanchez, 16, would likely join the series following the completion of Idol's summer concert tour.
JOHNNY DEPP BUYS ACTRESS A BIG GIFT: Johnny Depp bought Amber Heard a horse.
I'm guessing it wasn't gift wrapped.
E! News reported Friday that Depp - who recently split from longtime partner Vanessa Paradis -- just wanted to buy a gift for his "The Rum Diary" co-star.
Depp has been riding a horse while shooting "The Lone Ranger" on location in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, and now the 26-year-old Texas native Heard can join him. You know, next time she and her new horse are in the neighborhood.
The actress, who dated female photographer Tasya van Ree for several years, has been quite open about her affinity for Depp, according to E! News. She told Guest of a Guest last year that working with him "is everything you'd hope working with Johnny Depp would be. He's absolutely amazing, as far as his talent and him as a person."
Now she probably likes him even more.
"KICK-ASS" STAR GETS MARRIED: Sam Taylor-Wood and "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson are married.
Taylor-Wood, 45, and Johnson, who is 23 years younger than her, got hitched in Somerset on Thursday, the Press Association reports.
I know what you're thinking, and it's true: When he's 88 she'll be 111. Which could get awkward.
Dating since 2009, the couple didn't waste any time, having two children together: Wylda Rae, born in 2010, and Romy Hero, born in January of this year. Both Taylor-Wood and Johnson will now take the name Taylor-Johnson.
The newlyweds met when Taylor-Wood cast Johnson in her directorial debut "Nowhere Boy," in which the actor played John Lennon.
She also has two daughters, Anjelica and Jessie, from her previous marriage to art dealer and gallery owner Jay Jopling.
The actor will next appear in "Anna Karenina" opposite Keira Knightley.
JUNE 23 IN HISTORY
Saturday is June 23, the 175th day of 2012. There are 191 days left in the year.
1757: Forces of the East India Company led by Robert Clive won the Battle of Plassey, which effectively marked the beginning of British colonial rule in India.
1812: Britain, unaware that America had declared war against it five days earlier, rescinded its policy on neutral shipping, a major issue of contention between the two countries. The same day, the British frigate HMS Belvidera came under attack from the USS President and the USS Congress in the North Atlantic; the Belvidera managed to escape.
1860: A congressional resolution authorized creation of the United States Government Printing Office, which opened the following year.
1931: Aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on a round-the-world flight that lasted eight days and 15 hours.
1938: The Civil Aeronautics Authority was established.
1947: The Senate joined the House in overriding President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, designed to limit the power of organized labor.
1956: Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
1961: The Antarctic Treaty, intended to ensure that the continent would be used only for peaceful purposes, came into force.
1967: President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held the first of two meetings at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.
1969: Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States by the man he was succeeding, Earl Warren.
1972: President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. (Revelation of the tape recording of this conversation sparked Nixon's resignation in 1974.)
1985: All 329 people aboard an Air India Boeing 747 were killed when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland because of a bomb believed to have been planted by Sikh separatists.
2002: Rival groups of Protestants and Catholics clashed on the streets of north Belfast, Northern Ireland, following a weekend of sporadic sectarian violence. Twenty-six North Korean asylum seekers left South Korean and Canadian diplomatic compounds in Beijing bound for South Korea, ending a monthlong diplomatic standoff.
2005: A divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Kelo v. City of New London, ruled that governments may seize property for private development projects.
2007: Searchers in Summit County, Ohio, found the body of Jessie Davis, a missing 26-year-old pregnant woman, in a park. (Bobby Cutts Jr., a former Canton police officer who was the father of Davis' unborn child, was later convicted of murder and aggravated murder and sentenced to 57 years to life in prison.)
2011: Republicans pulled out of debt-reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden, blaming Democrats for demanding tax increases as part of a deal rather than accepting more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicare and other government programs. "Columbo" actor Peter Falk died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 83.
Actor Ted Shackelford (66), actor Bryan Brown (65), Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (64), "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson (56), actress Frances McDormand (55), rock musician Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) (50), rhythm-and-blues singer Chico DeBarge (42), actress Selma Blair (40), rock singer KT Tunstall (37), singer-songwriter Jason Mraz (35), actress Melissa Rauch (TV: "The Big Bang Theory") (32).