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Ann Curry is officially leaving Today... today. In recent weeks, the 55-year-old journalist's imminent departure as cohost of the top-rated morning show had been widely reported, though never confirmed. But Thursday morning Curry put speculation to rest.
"This is not easy to say. Today is going to be my last morning as a regular cohost of Today," she said, sitting on a couch with costars Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales. "I will still be a part of the Today show family, but I'm going to have a new title and a new role." (Watch the video of her announcement below.)
Curry's "fancy new titles" will be Today anchor at large and national and international correspondent for NBC News. While that may be hard to fit on a business card, it will at least keep her trotting the globe for NBC for the foreseeable future.
"We're going to go all over the world and all over this country at a time where this country and this world needs clarity," Curry said.
Still, despite her positive spin on the new role, it was obvious that Curry is sad to leave her day-to-day post at Today. Tears in her eyes, Ann expressed her gratitude to the viewers, her costars and the behind-the-scenes staff at Today, while also matter-of-factly admitting that her ratings-challenged year as cohost -- during which ABC's Good Morning America has nipped at Today's heels -- wasn't the success she had hoped for.
"To those of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I am sorry that could not carry the ball across the finish line -- but, man, did I try."
Lauer, Roker and Morales, meanwhile, had nothing but the best to say of Curry.
"You have the biggest heart in the business," Lauer, 54, said. "You put that on display every single day in this studio and you have for almost 20 years on this show... Most importantly, you've made us better, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
There's been no formal announcement yet about who will replace Curry as co-anchor, but Today's chief legal analyst Savannah Guthrie is reportedly the frontrunner.