Ann Curry Leaves “Today” Show (Video)
After 15 years in “Today” show, Ann Curry finally bid goodbye to her viewers.
Last Thursday, June 28, 2012, Ann Curry had an emotional exit announcement on “Today” show. She was given four minutes and twenty-three seconds to say goodbye to her audience at the end of the 7-9 a.m. show, sitting on the couch with Al Roker, Lauer and Natalie Morales.
“This is not easy to say but today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of ‘Today’. I will still be part of the ‘Today’ show family but I will have a new title and a new role. And this is not how I ever expected to leave this couch after fifteen years. But I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch,” Curry said.
Ann Curry’s role has been changed to Today show anchor-at-large and NBC News national/international correspondent. Her responsibilities will include leading a seven-person unit producing content for NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams and Today, with occasional anchor duties for Nightly News.
“They are giving me some fancy new titles…we’re going to go all over the world and all over this country…We’re going to do great work I hope, and be given a chance to do great work, and these stories are going to air on all the platforms of NBC News. For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t get the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try,” she added.
Why Did Ann Curry Leave the ‘Today’ Show on NBC?
Curry said it was not her idea to leave the show but NBC’s. The show is reportedly losing its lead in the morning-show ratings war with ABC’s “Good Morning America after holding the morning lead for more than 15 years.
“I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries. 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 said.
After her emotional speech, co-host Matt Lauer consoled her. “You have the biggest heart in the business. The way you care about people comes through. You put that on display every single day for almost 20 years. Most importantly, you’ve made us better, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” he said.
No announcement was made Thursday about who will replace Curry, but it is widely expected to be Savannah Guthrie, NBC’s chief legal analyst and cohost of the 9 a.m. hour on “Today.”
When “Today” returned from a commercial break on Thursday, Ann Curry was gone, and NBC chief legal correspondent Savannah Guthrie was seated on the couch where Curry had been.
Ann Curry began her broadcasting career in 1978 as an intern at then NBC-affiliate (now CBS-affiliate) KTVL in Medford, Oregon. There she rose to become the station’s first female news reporter.
From 1997 to 2011, she served as news anchor at ‘Today’, being the show’s second-longest serving news anchor. On June 9, 2011, she replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host of ‘Today’. A year into her job, ‘Today’ was reportedly lost nearly all of its 780,000 lead over Good Morning America amid brutal reports from Gawker which claimed NBC bosses thought she was ‘atrocious’.
The New York Times claimed NBC executives thought she was ‘over the top in terms of emotions’ and unable to make the blunt tone transitions necessary of a morning anchor.
Below is the video of Ann Curry bidding goodbye to “Today” morning show: