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 agree that booting Ann was the dumbest thing you all could have done - she's beautiful, smart, and the best thing about your show. The only touch of real class! I will not tune in again, and I want TODAY to know why! I'll watch CBS from now on.

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big mistake Matt is not all the show

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I've always adored Ann Curry! She is beautiful, personable, and has an amazing voice!! I stopped watching the Today Show years ago when Katie Couric seemed so full of herself and Matt was not far behind. Not sure what they find so appealing in Matt. Ann will end up on top and will show them what a mistake this was. Good luck Ann!!! We love you!

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Ann Curry brought a humanity to the News and compassion to each person she interviewed, I was thrilled when they promoted her to be a morning anchor. I have been watching more than twenty years, but with this poor decision on NBCs part, I will find a new morning News Show.
Ann Curry, I wish you all the very best!

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Sad to see Ann Curry leave she added so professional creditability. I will also be watching GMA on ABC.

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OMG! The Today show made a BIG MISTAKE letting Ann Curry go. She is an amazing journalist that touch the heat of the people. She and Katie Curic was the only reason I watched the dhow. I was unhappy to see Katie leave and remained a fan because of Ann. Now I will go to ABC and watch their morning show. Ann I wish yoou the best because you are the best. AW

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I am SO disappointed they let Ann go. I never understood why they didnt give her that job years ago.I was so glad to see her finally recognized.She is so genuine in her journalism and more importantly her sincerity. She is what has made that show. I will never watch the TODAY show again. I don't understand how they could let someone like Ann go,yet keep the latter morning crew(Kathy Lee and Hoda).I hope with all my heart she takes this opportunity to show them just what they lost. Spit in their eye, Ann!

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Ann leaving and Matt staying.......really? Who made that dumb decision?! Ann the world loves you and we will Lao miss your smiling face.

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Ann was one of my favorite on the Show... Matt is somewhat boring. THE SHOW WILL MISS HER. Ratings will drop more. I have no interest to watch now. She was very professional and good at presenting.

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Ann Curry is not the reason the ratings are dropping for the Today show. Matt has gotten boring over the years ... way to impressed with himself ... and the cast as a whole has become routine. Savannah seems like an awkward fit. I think Charlie Rose has drawn viewers away from NBC. I'm one of those viewers. Good Luck to Ann ... I've always enjoyed and looked forward to her special reports.

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