Watch Ann Curry’s Tearful Goodbye on ‘Today’
Ann Curry signed off as co-host of ‘Today‘ this morning, and while she didn’t specifically mention why she’s leaving, her parting comments seemed to confirm rumors that NBC has lost confidence in her ability to boost the show’s sagging ratings.
“This is not easy to say, but today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of ‘Today,'” said Curry, her voice thick with emotion. “This is not as I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years, but I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch.”
Curry even seemed to shoulder some of the burden for ‘Today’ losing ground against ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’ “And 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,” she said.
But don’t feel too bad for Curry. She’ll reportedly receive a $10 million payout, get a new multi-year contract, remain a ‘Today’ anchor-at-large and lead a staff of her choosing to produce news specials for NBC.
Are you sad to see Curry go? Or was this necessary to help ‘Today’ regain its footing in the ratings?