Less than a week after reports of her upcoming exit broke, it was revealed that NBC News is reportedly planning to pay Ann Curry $10 million to leave "Today."
The New York Post published news of the rumored deal on Monday. The paper notes that the $10 million figure is what she would have made in her last year under her original three-year contract. The final terms of the deal, however, have not yet been announced.
Curry won't be the first person to accept a sizable buyout for stepping down from a show -- and the reported figure isn't the biggest either. Below, see some of the media figures who have negotiated generous payouts from their networks.
CBS News is believed to have settled with Howard, the executive producer of "60 Minutes Wednesday," for over $2 million. He was asked to resign over Dan Rather's controversial report about Bush in the National Guard. In his memoir, Rather writes that those who fired received generous six to seven-figure payouts.
Sources familiar with the terms of Keith Olbermann's departure from MSNBC said that<a href="http://www.newser.com/story/110412/keith-olbermanns-exit-deal-7m-no-tv-for-months.html" target="_hplink"> the former host received over $7 million</a> as part of his severance package.
CNN <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/dobbs_got_to_quit_LOBEhi0KhBVvzqxDoxbPWI">reportedly paid</a> Lou Dobbs $8 million to leave.
Less than one week after initial news of her upcoming exit, it was reported that NBC News plans to pay Ann Curry $10 million to leave "Today."
"Tonight Show" staff
O'Brien's staff (about 200 people) <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/34970662/ns/today-entertainment/t/obrien-seals-million-deal-quit-tonight/#.T-i5mStYv_h" target="_hplink">split $12 million</a> after the comedian negotiated his exit from the "Tonight Show."
O'Donnell <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/own-likely-lose-1429m-year-snl-kagan-says-36449">reportedly took a $15 million payout</a> after OWN canceled her show.
O'Brien walked away from "Tonight" with <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/34970662/ns/today-entertainment/t/obrien-seals-million-deal-quit-tonight/#.T-i6gCtYv_g" target="_hplink">$33 million</a>.