Ann Curry: 'Today' co-host apparently victim of 'GMA' success

Ann Curry and Matt Lauer. CREDIT: NBC

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon nod to the pop-culture world finds a struggling morning TV titan, a Duchess, other things, and an adult-version mystery music video.

MORNING MOVE: After only a year, Ann Curry appears out as “Today” co-host, per the New York Times, “The planning — which is taking place in secret and has not been completed — is effectively an admission that all is not well at ‘Today,’ the show that invented morning television 60 years ago and inspired countless lower-rated competitors since. ‘Today’ consistently ranked No. 1 in the morning ratings until this spring, when ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ beat it in the ratings for several weeks.”

MEANWHILE: All-righty then, per the Washington Post, “CBS tried, unsuccessfully, to block the launch of ABC’s new reality series “The Glass House,” calling it a rip-off of its “Big Brother.” But Wednesday afternoon CBS announced — with tongue firmly in cheek — that it is developing a reality series called ‘Dancing on the Stars.’ (The show) CBS said, will be “an exciting and completely original reality program that owes its concept and execution to nobody at all.”

BROADCAST CHECKS: Supreme Court takes a pass, per The Hollywood Reporter, “For the second time in the last five years, the justices have decided not to shake up more than 30 years of legal precedent that has guided racy content on broadcast television by declining to address the larger First Amendment issues. Eight justices voted to vacate and remand a decision from the 2nd Circuit. Justice Sonia Sotomayor didn't participate and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg concurred.”

THE ROYALS: Gator!, per Us Weekly, “The Duchess will be the hostess with mostest on Thursday evening -- throwing an intimate dinner bash in honor of hubby Prince William's 30th birthday. "Kate [Middleton] had been planning a small dinner party with their friends and some family," a source tells Us Weekly of the low-key soiree, to be held at Prince Charles' countryside house.”

FOR THOSE WHO CARE: Hard news alert, per Radar, Johnny Depp’s breakup with his long term partner Vanessa Paradis was brewing for a long time, and has exclusive details about the real reason why they split. Per Radar, “ ‘Johnny didn’t want to be with Vanessa anymore. They had grown so far apart, and he wanted to be free and try new things,’ a source close to the former couple tells "He was bored senseless with her, being with Vanessa was making him miserable.’ ‘’

OBIT: Just the facts, per the AP, “Painter and sketch artist LeRoy Neiman, best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died Wednesday at age 91.”

COMMENTARY: This read is well worth a look, per indieWIRE, “Based on emails I've received, and articles I've read this week, some of you are apparently taken aback by the fact that the latest Forbes list of the 10 highest paid actresses, released earlier this week, is absent of any black actresses. And in response to that, I'm shocked that you're shocked!”

GAY PRIDE: And not that big of a deal, per Entertainment Weekly, “In this week’s special report cover story, writer Mark Harris examines the new, casual method gay celebrities are using to reveal their sexuality publicly for the first time.”

DEFINING JUNK FOOD: Disney returns to a friend – kind of, per Variety, “Fast-food partnerships are a staple of summer movie campaigns, but Disney was left without any after embracing a healthy eating initiative in 2006 that forced the Mouse House to end its 10-year relationship with McDonald's. It still avoids associating its characters with junk food, but the results of a new Disney partnership with the Subway sandwich chain are prominent in the lead-up to Pixar's "Brave" bow this weekend.”

YUCK: Whatever, per TMZ, “Kris Humphries trashed Kim Kardashian and her family in conversations and text messages to his former girlfriend, Myla Sinanaj ... telling her Kris Jenner not only directed Kim to shoot her sex tape, but to re-shoot because Kris J didn't think the first one was pretty enough.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video (WARNING: adult language).

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)