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 is a genuine human being, a characteristic which is missing in many of the hosts in network news and tv these days. When she reported the news, her sincerity came through. I never believed she and Matt Lauer had good chemistry. I have never trusted him as an anchor. I truly believe this is her opportunity to make a huge name for herself. Be blessed Ann, and go forth in the power of the Lord's name.

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It's been three days without Ann Curry to go along with my morning coffee. I still can't believe that you would get rid of the most beautifull and talented reporter on your show!!! How is this remotely justified when you employ the likes of Kathy Lee Gifford (the morning drunkerd) and Hoda Kotb (where the hell did she come from anyway) I guess theres something for eveyone but the Today show is no longer for me. Goodbye and Good ridance!!!

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Started watching Today because of Ann Curry. Will go back to GMA on ABC.

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Ann Curry will be missed! Her presence was not only charming but always laced with kindness and provocative intelligence.I always thought she made Matt Lauer look a little inferior. Ann, you are a world class reporter I personally always thought that the "couch" was beneath you ! We do not have many woman of your ilk. Hold your head high you are amazing!!

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I guess after all these years I can stop watching the TODAY show.

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I like Ann Curly. I thought she did a fine job. All vietnamese are dedicated people. She will land on her feet.

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I stopped watching the Today show because of Ann Curry. She has a
nervous babit of flipping her hair, or pushing it back -- maybe she
needs a new hairdo or wear something that helps hold her hair back.
It was very distracting.

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Ann Curry's send off was terrible. I guess Matt's ego couldn't give her any credit for anything. She wasn't the problem. It's a tired boring format. So sick of watching the group gather on the couches and fake-laugh at each other's dumb comments. I'm hooked on CBS This Morning. Try that for an intelligent, different, well produced show!

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While I think that Ann is a very nice person, I think she was an absolutely horrible interviewer. I couldn't believe they gave her the co-anchor position. She is much better suited to the new position.

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I totally agree! She should have been given more time and a better producer. Nbc should look more closely @ the producers, not the anchors. I will really miss her. I don't think Savannah can come close to Ann. She doesn't have the right personality for that position. I think she is VERY intelligent, but she should stick with the field she studied for -- law! I think the ratings will now make a real nosedive.