Video: Watch Ann Curry's tearful farewell on 'Today'
"Today" show co-host Ann Curry tearfully departed from her "dream job" after only a year at the morning show ratings juggernaut.
"This is not easy to say, but this is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host," Curry said on Thursday morning's show. "I will still be a part of the 'Today' show family, but I will have a new title and a new role."
She added: "This is not as I expected to ever leave this couch after fifteen years."
Co-host Matt Lauer told Curry she has "the biggest heart in the business."
Curry, about whom departure rumors have swirled for weeks, said she accepted an offer from NBC News president Steve Capus to become the NBC News national/international correspondent, according to published reports.
In an interview Wednesday with USA Today, Curry, 55, said it was NBC's idea for her to step down, and she denied reports that she lacked "chemistry" with former "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer.
"You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years," she told USA Today. "That said, I just finished my freshman year as co-host. In every single co-host's first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone."
In April, ABC's "Good Morning America" drew 31,000 more viewers than "Today," breaking the NBC show's 852-week record as the morning's top broadcast. (Curry had previously told USA Today: "I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries.)
According to The New York Times, NBC's Savannah Guthrie and MSNBC's Tamron Hall are potential replacements for Curry.