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Talk show host Ann Curry said in a recent interview that her previous employers at NBC's "Today" show did not like her style and the fact that she did not like wearing high heels.
One coworker even compared Curry to the Fruit Loops cereal's mascot, Toucan Sam.
"One day I wore a multicolored dress and someone asked if I was trying to be Toucan Sam. But I chose it because I thought, this will perk up America," Curry says in the August issue ofLadies' Home Journal, the interview for which was conducted prior to Curry's July firing from the "Today" show.
"I'm encouraged by my bosses to wear these ridiculously high-heeled shoes because women say, 'I love your shoes!' So if it makes women happy, I'll wear them. But I'm still going to be me... I've tried to wear clogs and flats on TV and it hasn't gone well with my bosses," she continued.
Curry also told LHJ about her refusal to dye her greying hair, which she believes connects her to her family and allows her to age gracefully.
"I've decided not to buy into the idea that I want to stop aging. My wrinkles connect me to my family, to my ancestors and to my future. This is how my father looked when he was my age. I've got cellulite because it runs in my family. I've got gray hair because I won't dye it," she said in the LHJ interview, which was inconveniently entitled "The Natural: Ann Curry gets real...about her future at Today."
Curry, 55, was dismissed from being a lead co-host on NBC's "Today" show in July and replaced by Savannah Guthrie, 40.
Rumors swirling around the reason for Curry's dismissal imply that she was fired due to her lack of interest in fluff stories, which often dominate the early morning talk show's headlines.
Other rumors stipulate that Curry had a falling out with NBC executives and angered co-host Matt Lauer.
Curry concluded her interview with LHJ by saying that although she wanted to stay at the "Today" show for at least another five years, she hoped to eventually become a teacher to influence future generations.