By Elisa Sanchez, EnStarz | Jun 28, 2012 10:11 AM EDT
Ann Curry announced Thursday that she will no longer be co-host of the “Today” show.
Fighting back tears, Curry said today was her last day as co-host in the show:
“This is not easy to say. Today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of TODAY," she said. "I will still be a part of the TODAY show family, but I'm going to have a new title and a new role."
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"They are giving me some fancy new titles which mean that I will get tickets to every big story that we want to cover…we are going to go all over the world and all over this country at a time when this country and this world needs clarity.”
Curry will be the “Today” Anchor at Large and National and International Correspondent for NBC News. She will also anchor prime-time specials and report for Today, Nightly News, Rock Center, Dateline and MSNBC.
"After all these years I don't even know if I can sleep in anymore," she joked.
But then, with tears in her eyes Curry told the viewers: "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."
Co-hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales were sitting with her and all expressed their love for Curry. Morales and Savannah Guthrie could replace her but lately rumors emerged that Morales could also be leaving the show.
Curry ended one week of speculation that she was leaving the morning show amid a fierce ratings war with ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The “Today” show still remains as the No. 1 morning show but “Good Morning America” topped it several times during the spring.
Curry has been co-anchor of Today since June 2011 when she replaced Meredith Vieira. She joined the show as news anchor in March of 1997 until June 2011 and the anchor of "Dateline NBC" from May 2005 until September 2011.
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