After five years of co-hosting The Today Show alongside Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira announced this morning, after rumors had been flying for weeks, that she would be leaving the show in June. Ann Curry, the current news anchor, will take Vieira’s place. Lauer will continue to co-host.
“This is a difficult day for me,” says Vieira on the show. “I’m going to try to hold myself together here. But after months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I’ve decided to leave ‘Today’ in June. I’ve really had a great time, but time is one of those weird things you can never get enough of it. And it just keeps ticking away and I know that I want to spend more of mine with my husband, Richard, and my kids Ben, Gabe and Lily.”
“Meredith is universally adored here at Today, says Lauer. “And not just by those of us on the couch, but all the people behind the scenes. She has brought class and dignity and talent. And a joy of life to this show over these last five years. And we will miss you like crazy.”
Curry has been with the show since 1997 as the news anchor. Passed over for the top job five years ago when Vieira was chosen, she stuck with the show and carved out a new reputation as a globe-trotting reporter. She was in Pakistan last week following the killing of Osama bin Laden. ”I feel like the high school computer nerd who has just been asked to the prom by the quarterback of the football team,” Curry said.
Watch the announcement…