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Poll: Was Ann Curry Fired for Her Appearance?

Poll: Was Ann Curry Fired for Her Appearance?

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Fired Appearance Ann CurryLast week, we asked you if your hairstyle can hurt your career; and now that there are new rumors surrounding firing of the former “Today” show host Ann Curry, we want your thoughts on whether style could influence termination.

Shortly before getting the boot from the morning show, Curry implied in an interview with Ladies Home Journal that her appearance and style may have had something to do with her firing.

Curry has been known to wear outrageous heels on the set of the “Today” show. But was it always her decision? She said that she wore heels on a regular basis not because she wanted to, but because her audience did.

“If it makes women happy, I’ll wear them,” Curry told LHJ. “But I’m still going to be me…”

She dished that she had tried to wear both clogs and flats on TV and that it didn’t go over well with her bosses.

But that’s not the only thing about Curry’s appearance that might have concerned her bosses. While other TV personalities try to preserve their age by hiding their grays and getting Botox injections, the 55-year-old journalist said that she wants to embrace her age – gray hair and wrinkles included.

“I’ve decided not to buy into the idea that I want to stop aging,” she told LHJ.

However, the way you present yourself as a TV host is very important and influential to your audience. Studies show that attractive people are more successful than others, and that people believe them to be more trustworthy and reliable.

So when you’re competing for TV ratings, little things like appearance can make or break a show. And while Curry still has a youthful appearance now, some viewers might choose to turn the channel once she starts showing signs of aging.

What do you think? Was Curry’s unwillingness to completely change her appearance a factor in her firing? Or do you think it’s irrelevant?

Please take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comment section!

Do you think Ann Curry's appearance was a factor in her firing?


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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.