Published On: Fri, Jun 29th, 2012

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.

Ann Curry’s Tearful Exit Leaving ‘Today’ Show
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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:

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  1. scallywag says:

    This is a disturbing testament for American television. The reassignment of Ann Curry, one the most heartfelt and real co-anchors the Today Show has ever had, is a travesty. We deserve to know why this is happening. One is forced to doubt the decision-making ability of NBC, and whether they will manage to hold on for dear life. Surely no one believes NBC’s rankings will suddenly rebound?

    Such are the bitter affairs of watching our heroes go up in flames…

  2. Ann Curry is the most beautiful & caring person I’ve ever
    seen on a news broadcast & The Today Show will never be the
    same. What a great loss to the show & to the public.
    It seems NBC doesn’t know a good thing when they have it.
    Ann is tops over any female you’ve ever had on the show–too bad some people are so blind they can’t see the truth!

  3. ron witcher says:

    it is sad to see Ann leave. the ratings have dropped beccuase of the Liberal views they keep craming down our througts. espeically the three stooges, well only two are good enough be called part of the three stooges, the other woman is ok, but Star and that man who says ” I am the most liberal man in American” are a disgrace to the TV broadcasters, they are terrible, ; so if they are that open to be liberal how can you give an objective viewpoint on anything.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I am sadden to see Ann Curry being reassigned to a new role. She is the reason that I enjoyed the Today Show along with Matt, Al, and Savannah. In all honesty I think the Today show is making a huge mistake. Unfortunately you have lost another viewer to your competitors…

    Best of Luck Ann. I loved you on the Today show! Hang in their girlfriend


    GOAL THOUSAND PPL************************************

  6. Maureen says:

    I am sorry that Ann lost her job on the today show, but honestly I was not that fond of her, I thought she was to soft. I wish her well. My experience has been that usually something better comes along, and I am sure it will for her. When one door closes another one opens. Good Luck Ms.Curry.

  7. cindy says:

    I’m sorry to see Ann go. She has been the best anchor since katie curic. The dedication, professionalism you will never find again. Its to bad for the Today’s Show that you cannot turn back the hands of time and make this never happen. I thing your ratings will now make you take a real look of how not to treat a human being.

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