The rumors have been running rampant. The speculation has been speeding through the blogosphere. This morning it became a reality! A teary-eyed Ann Curry left the Today Show as co-anchor with Matt Lauer. In one of television’s more emotional goodbyes, Curry started the final segment before 9 a.m. announcing, “This is not easy to say.”
By the time she finished the sentence telling millions that it was her final time on the program in that capacity, her voice cracked.
Curry will remain a part of Today.
“They’re giving some fancy, new titles, which essentially means that I’m going to get tickets to every big story we want to cover,” Curry says.
Curry, co-anchor with Lauer since Meredith Vieira walked away last year, saved her most emotional moment for last.
“For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line,” Curry says. “But man, I did try.”
Curry joined the Today show family on a regular basis in 1997 as news reader.
The next wave of speculation has Today Show third hour anchor, and legal analyst, Savannah Guthrie grabbing the prime spot next to Lauer. The New York Times reports Guthrie and NBC are in negotiations.
Likely a portend of the near future, there was Guthrie discussing with Lauer, the expected landmark Supreme Court ruling on “Obama Care,” in this morning’s opening minutes,
In April, Guthrie walked the red carpet at the Time 100, at which Lauer was one of the people feted. In the short clip, reposted below, but as fitting as ever, she talks about her potential new on-air partner.