Ann Curry Confirms She’s Leaving ‘Today’

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After much speculation that NBC was plotting Ann Curry’s exit from the Today show, the journalist says she will announce her departure on Thursday’s episode.

“[It’s] going to be a bit of a tough day,” Curry, 55, tells USA Today. “I’m going to have to tell our viewers. That’s what makes me more emotional than anything. I don’t want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them.”

What was behind Curry’s ousting?

Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as Today’s co-host last year. Her short tenure was plagued with reports of a lack of chemistry with co-host Matt Lauer and the suggestion that her journalistic skills are better suited for reporting in the field.

Then, ABC’s GMA finally broke Today’s 16-year ratings winning streak in April and Curry seemed to take some of the blame. Though, she argues that the ratings loss wasn’t primarily her fault.

“I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries,” Curry says. “And my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved. There is no doubt that the rating wars have become meaner and less focused on our responsibilities as journalists.”

Curry acknowledges that there were definite “kinks” that needed to be worked out in her role as co-host and feels she wasn’t given enough time to do that by the network.

Nevertheless, she walks away from the morning show with a pretty good deal. Curry has signed a multi-year contract with NBC to stay on as Today’s anchor-at-large and NBC News national/international correspondent. The new post includes managing a seven-person team covering international news, various specials and she’ll occasionally fill in as anchor for Nightly News and other broadcasts.

While Hoda Kotb has been rumored to be in line to replace Curry, reports say that Today’s third hour host, Savannah Guthrie, is the frontrunner for the post.

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