Ann Curry reportedly failed to land the first interview with Angelina Jolie since the actress made headlines by announcing her voluntary double mastectomy.
NBC executives had been pressuring Ann Curry, 56, to secure the interview with Angelina Jolie, who Curry has interviewed in the past along with the actress’ partner Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie, 37, announced May 14 in an opinion piece in The New York Times that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy after learning she had the faulty BRCA1 gene that gave her an 87% chance of breast cancer.
Ann Curry and Angelina Jolie reportedly have grown a close friendship as a result of their interviews over the years and the NBC brass was hoping to score an exclusive.
Angelina Jolie turned down Ann Curry as well as all other news outlets for the time being, according to the New York Post.
Ann Curry was fired from NBC’s Today show last year and Angelina Jolie made it clear that she wouldn’t consent to an interview with anyone at NBC except for Curry, who is now a correspondent for the network.
The NBC executives wanted Ann Curry to set up a two-hour primetime special with Angelina Jolie with parts airing on the Today show.
Ann Curry returned to live TV on Wednesday night for the first time since being axed from the Today show.
She filled in for anchor Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News and showed off a new short hairdo.
Ann Curry’s shorter hair previously got her in trouble with her NBC bosses because she didn’t notify management that she was changing her appearance and it was viewed as an act of defiance.
Angelina Jolie made her stunning revelation in an op-ed piece titled My Medical Choice.
The actress outlined her reasons for getting the double mastectomy upon learning of her elevated risks for breast and ovarian cancers.
Angelina Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died at age 56 of ovarian cancer in 2007.
The actress said with her double mastectomy she can tell her six children that they won’t lose her to breast cancer.
Angelina Jolie also said she plans to have her ovaries removed to reduce her risk of ovarian cancer.