Ann Curry Leaves Today Show With Emotional Farewell Speech

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Having already confirmed her departure from Today, it was business as usual for Ann Curry as she began her final day on the NBC morning show.

The anchor's voice came on the air at exactly 7 a.m. EDT, informing about raging fires in Colorado, a new diet pill and Obama's health care law.

It wasn't until 8:50 a.m. that Curry got around to her farewell announcement. And what an emotional farewell it was. Watch her speech below:

Curry is expected to be named Today anchor-at-large, which she hinted at briefly in her speech, with Savannah Guthrie likely taking over her post.

Ann was fighting back tears even as she began, "This is not easy to say, but today's going to be my last morning as regular co-host of Today."

She paused as her voice cracked.

"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 because Matt and I - and everyone who sits on this couch - we often call ourselves a family, but YOU are the real Today show family."

"You are why I have ventured into dangerous places and interviewed dictators and jumped out of planes and off of bridges and climbed mountains and landed in the South Pole and convinced the Dalai Lama to come live in our studio."

"I have loved you and I have wanted to give you the world, and I still do."

She said she'll get "a fancy new title," and "go all over the world and all over the county at a time when this country and this world needs clarity."

With increasing emotion, she went on:

"I don't even know if I can sleep in anymore after all these years! But I know whatever time I wake up, I'll be missing you. And I'll be believing in you. I love all of you, especially all of you who are behind the scenes, behind the cameras. I love you guys."

"For all of you who saw me as a ground-breaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball to the finish line, but man, I did try."

"And so to all of you who watched: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me touch yours. ... I will keep trying and I'm sorry I turned into a sob sister this morning."

"Please forgive me, but I hope you'll wish me well."

Are you glad to see Ann Curry leave Today?

 

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I think Ann Curry was treated unfairly and I will not be watching the Today Show anymore. I know what it feels like to be butchered from a job but, I will say this, "What goes around comes around". NBC made a terrible mistake and now they have to live with their decision.

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So agree with comments here. I forever thought Ann Curry was snubbed and always treated as a second hand citizen on the Today show. Totally pathetic because she was truly deserving of her position. I do think Matt Laurer threw her under the bus many times over... Its probably for the best Ann. You will find better. The today show was childish in many ways and Matt Laurer is not interesting at all. The men in suits (as another writer put it) and Matt need to look in the mirror to see why the ratings are the way they are...

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Ann Curry was one of the only reasons why I watched the Today Show. Now I watch channel 7 or channel 2. I don't care to watch channel 4 any longer.

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I only tuned in just to see Ann! The new people are ok but just ok. They look like bobsie twins, can't tell them apart! Lol!
On the other hand Matt is so totally throwing Ann under the bus as Al would say! He has now and will always be in it for himself! I don't like him and I will start watching Good Morning America again!!!! Goodbye Today Show!!!

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I totally agree with the other comments posted here...the Today Show has made some terrible mistakes...Ann Curry was one of my favorite voices to hear in the morning! Big mistake! Big big...

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Ann Curry was a breath of fresh air for your show. i can't believe you let her go.

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Mistake. Matt - arrogant. Al - Arrogant. I came to the show several times and Ann is the only one who genuinely talks with folks - gives them her sincere time. This comes through on screen also. Matt and Al - blow hards. Too big for their britches. I am switching networks. Shame shame shame on you.

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All I can say is another case of arrogant and stupid "suits" in the front office!

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I loved Ann and will miss her. Matt has gotten too big for his britches. Here I come Robin and George. Forget NBC!

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