When it came time for Ann Curry to announce it was her “last morning as co-host of Today” on air this morning, she couldn’t even get through the first sentence before her voice caught and her eyes started to well.
She apologized for “wearing her heart on her sleeve” during her farewell speech. Of course that came as no surprise to viewers. Curry has always been a uniquely emotional and empathetic news personality, a quality that some found endearing and others found mawkish. Here is her announcement.
Curry’s gracious valedictory ended a long week of speculation that NBC was negotiating for ways to remove her from the chair at Today and install another female co-host in time to have the show running smoothly during NBC’s Olympic coverage which begins in a few weeks.
Curry alluded to “a fancy new title” with NBC News and described a job that sounded very much like an international correspondent. "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker,” she said, “I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line but, man, I did try."
Now the countdown begins to the announcement of Matt Lauer’s new morning partner. Savannah Guthrie? Hoda Kotb? Stay tuned.
Shortly after Curry’s tearful resignation, Lauer introduced this clip tribute to Curry, “highlights of the woman and journalist”