Angelina Jolie Mastectomy, Ann Curry Pressured By NBC to Secure First Interview Following Breast Surgery?
Ann Curry is reportedly being pressured by the top brass at NBC to land the first sit down interview with Angelina Jolie since the actress revealed she had a double mastectomy.
Curry, who was famously fired from her co-anchor position on TODAY in the summer of 2012, has been ordered to do a full court press to secure an interview, RadarOnline reported Monday. Sources told the site that Jolie would be offered a two-hour, primetime special for the interview and airtime on TODAY. If Jolie were to agree, Curry would also be prominently featured after months of scant appearances on the network.
Sources believed that Curry could have a chance at negotiating a deal with Jolie for the potential meeting since the actress has previously granted Curry interviews. It was also rumored that Jolie was upset following Curry's firing from TODAY.
"Angelina made it known after Ann was demoted from TODAY that the only journalist to interview her from the Peacock network would be Curry," a source said.
However, some do not believe that Curry would do anything above and beyond for an interview with Jolie. A source close to the award-winning journalist said that was simply not her style.
"Of course she'd love to do the interview with Angelina, but she isn't going to exploit her friendship with her to get it," the source said.
Those close to Curry said that she has made personal overtures to Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, after the disclosure of the Gia star's medical procedures. Jolie has had numerous surgeries since the start of the year to remove her breasts. Doctors told Jolie that she carried the BRCA1 gene, which increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie was told that she had 87% chance of being inflicted with the former and 50 percent for the latter. Jolie will also have her ovaries removed as a preventative measure. Jolie has not commented publicly since her widely read op-ed, but a source close to Curry said that she would not exert pressure on the actress to comment further on the matter until she was ready to do so.
"Ann has sent flowers to Angelina and reached out to Brad Pitt's camp because Jolie doesn't have a publicist. If and when Angelina is ready to discuss the possibility of doing the interview, she knows how to reach Ann," the source said.