Ann Curry Bids Tear-Filled Farewell to The Today Show

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Ann Curry is officially out as co-anchor of The Today Show.

Following a week or so of rumors, the reporter made the announcement in a tear-filled address to viewers this morning.

“This is not how I expected to leave this couch after 15 years, but I am so grateful,” Curry said, surrounded buy Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales. "After all of these years, I don’t even know if I can sleep in anymore. I’m not even sure that I can. But I know that whatever time I wake up, I’ll be missing you."

Curry took over for Meredith Vieira last June and is considered the scapegoat for the show's floundering ratings. It recently lost out to Good Morning America for the first time in years.

She will now move on to serve as a foreign correspondent for NBC, with Savanna Guthrie expected to take her position alongside Lauer.

Concluded a very classy Curry: "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball to the finish line, but man I did try.”

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