Angelina Jolie backs sacked NBC show host Ann Curry

Updated: Aug 23, 2012, 11:59 AM IST

Washington: Angelina Jolie has reached out to sacked ‘Today’ co-host Ann Curry telling her that if TV network NBC ever wanted an interview with her or Brad Pitt, they will have to bring the veteran journalist back.

“Angelina reached out to Ann Curry after she was fired from her gig on the TODAY show and was very clear, if ANY news program from NBC wants an interview with her, or Brad, Ann will be the only one to do it,” Radar Online quoted a source as saying.

“Angelina has tremendous respect for Ann because of the work she has done on bringing awareness to Darfur. Ann has developed a professional relationship with Angelina and Brad, and they trust her implicitly because of her integrity.

Their working relationship has developed into a friendship, and it meant the world to Ann that Angelina had reached out to her. Angelina made it clear to Ann that no one from the current TODAY show cast would get an interview with Angelina or Brad, and with rumors of an upcoming wedding for the couple, NBC will lose any interviews with the actors in the future if Ann isn’t allowed to do it,” the source said.

According to reports, Nielsen ratings released on Monday indicated ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ beat ‘Today’ last week, despite huge momentum for the NBC morning program, which was coming off two dominant ratings weeks with their exclusive coverage from the London Olympics.

“Angelina doesn’t have a publicist, she never has, and she hand picks who she does press with,” the source said.

“Angie doesn’t like how Ann has been treated by NBC. Yes, she is a very busy mom of six, and her work as an actress and activist, but she has been very aware of what is going on with her friend.

“Angelina told Brad he should let Ann interview him for all of his work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and Brad feels the same way about Ann that Angie does,” the source added.