Ann Curry Says Goodbye to the Today Show

The host will step down, with correspondent Savannah Guthrie reported to fill her role.

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Ann Curry said goodbye to the Today show Thursday morning, tearfully telling viewers, "For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but man I did try." News first broke that NBC was seeking a replacement last week, but until Thursday morning, Curry and her co-anchor Matt Lauer stayed mum on the subject on-air. Legal expert and correspondent Savannah Guthrie has reportedly been tapped to fill Curry's role, though it is unclear whether she has formally accepted the position and when she would start if she did.

Curry has appeared on the show for 15 years, the last as its co-anchor. When NBC saw ABC's Good Morning America begin to top its ratings in the morning network television contest, some insiders blamed Curry a least partially for the show's struggles, as reported by the New York Times.

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USA Today reports that Curry will stay on at the NBC as "Today show anchor-at-large and NBC News national/international correspondent," though in an interview with the publication Curry declined to discuss the financial terms of her new contract.

Tierney Sneed is associate editor of U.S. News Opinion. E-mail her at tsneed@usnews.com and follow her on Twitter.