It’s not every day a vagrant gets to shack up in a $2.9 million townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. But one such domicile, owned by “Today” show co-host Ann Curry, has in fact been housing a homeless man.
The unidentified squatter apparently first stumbled into the brownstone about a year ago, after contractors working on the home left the front door unlocked, according to the New York Post.
Curry and her husband, Brian Ross, had long been renovating the 4-story rowhouse, which they purchased in 2003. but were forced to halt construction because of building violations and complaints from neighbors, who were none-too-pleased to discover a hobo living there Sunday morning, the Post reports. They called the cops to escort him off the premises, marking the second such eviction to occur on the property. (Cops reportedly kicked out a different homeless man earlier this year.)
The irony of the situation, Ann Curry just helped a children’s television network kick off a new campaign about “kindness” on Monday.
“Ann Curry means crap to me!” the homeless man told the Post, explaining: “The reason I lived there was because they chased me out of Central Park. … I’m not a drug addict; I just don’t have a place to sleep.”
Curry is on assignment at the moment covering the famine in Somalia so could not be reached for comment.
Ann Curry was promoted from newsreader on “Today” in May, when Meredith Vieira announced she would be leaving. But things are not smooth-sailing at Today. Reports say that “not only is veteran anchor Matt Lauer serious about leaving, but that NBC executives are reasonably (and quite seriously) considering possible replacements,” and that “the top choice of certain key Comcast and NBC execs is ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest.”
According to sources: “The issue with Seacrest, according to insiders, is not whether he could get the gig, but whether he would take it. The full time hosting job would mean that Seacrest would have to leave Los Angeles and move to New York, which he is apparently loathe to do. Furthermore, hosting a morning show is a grueling job, and with his production company and various hosting jobs, something would have to give.”
The NBC spokeswoman declined to comment on whether Curry will have a new co-anchor after Lauer’s contract expires at the end of 2012.