The New York Post‘s Page Six reports that former “Today” co-anchor and current NBC news correspondent Ann Curry was supposed to be featured in a sketch at the Emmys on Sunday, but NBC executives nixed her appearance.
The sketch in question featured the cast of “Modern Family” dealing with their crazy kiddie co-star. In the version that aired, comedian Ken Jeong played a “replacement” for the child actor. The role was originally offered to Curry.
We’re told the sketch would have seen O’Neill telling Curry: “You’d be perfect . . . you’ve had some experience at this . . . ” with the camera pulling back to show the former “Today” co-host seated with him. “Ann was totally game,” a source said. But, “The idea went to NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke, who then kicked it to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who nixed it.”