Ann Curry on 'Today' Exit: 'Every Time I Wake Up, I Will Be Missing You' (VIDEO)
In a tearful segment, anchor Ann Curry confirmed on-air Thursday morning that she is leaving the TODAY show after a 15-year run.
"This is not easy to say, but today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of Today," she revealed.
"I am so grateful," Curry, 55, said of her experience on the show. "Every time I wake up, I will be missing you."
"You are the real TODAY show family," she said, of the audience watching at home.
"I have loved you and I have wanted to give you the world -- and I still do."
Curry -- who made the announcement near the third-hour mark, alongside Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales -- also expressed regrets that she wasn't able to continue her duties on Today.
"For all of you who saw me as a ground-breaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line. But, man, I did try!" she said, through tears.
As reported earlier this morning by Celebuzz, Curry confirmed Thursday's announcement on Wednesday, saying, "It's going to be a bit of a tough day."
"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," she said.
Following her exit, Curry will remain with the network as Today's anchor-at large. She will also serve as NBC News' National/International Correspondent, and "produce network specials and pieces for NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center— and Today — and she'll occasionally fill in as anchor on Nightly News and elsewhere," according to USA Today.
Curry, who first joined Today in March 1997, took over as co-anchor in 2011 after Meredith Vieria chose to leave the program.
Ratings subsequently dropped; in April, Good Morning America overtook Today as the top-rated morning news program for the first time in 16 years.
No official replacement for Curry has been announced; however, according to reports, Today's third-hour host, Savannah Guthrie, is the frontrunner.