The rumors were confirmed this morning when Ann Curry announced she was leaving the Today show.
“This is not easy to say but today is going to be my last morning as a regular role of Today,” Curry tearfully announced. “This is not how I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years. But I am so grateful especially to all of you who watch, we often call ourselves a family, but you are the real Today show family. You are why I’ve ventured into dangerous places and interviewed dictators and jumped out of planes and climbed mountains. I have loved you and I have wanted to give you the world and I still do.”
She went on to explain that she’s been given some new “fancy titles” for the show, which essentially means “I get tickets to to every big story we want to cover with a terrific team of my choosing.”
Savannah Guthrie will most likely be named Curry’s replacement, although it hasn’t officially been confirmed. News of her replacement are expected next week in time for the Olympics. The change in co-host was made to keep Today in the top morning news slot, a position the show had held for 16-years until last April when ABC’s Good Morning America moved in and has been defeating them more consistently ever since.