After five years of co-hosting “The Today Show” alongside Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira announced Monday (May 9) that she would be leaving the show in June. Ann Curry, the current news anchor, will take Vieira’s place. Lauer will continue to co-host.
Vieira says she has taking a new role at NBC news, with an official announcement of said role coming in the months ahead. The current third hour co-host Natalie Morales has been named the replacement news anchor, and NBC News White House correspondent and MSNBC anchor Savannah Guthrie will be co-host of the third hour of “Today.” The new anchor team will debut in June.
“This is a difficult day for me,” says Vieira on the show. “I’m going to try to hold myself together here. But after months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I’ve decided to leave ‘Today’ in June. I’ve really had a great time, but time is one of those weird things you can never get enough of it. And it just keeps ticking away and I know that I want to spend more of mine with my husband, Richard, and my kids Ben, Gabe and Lily.”
“Meredith is universally adored here at ‘Today,” says Lauer. “And not just by those of us on the couch, but all the people behind the scenes. She has brought class and dignity and talent. And a joy of life to this show over these last five years. And we will miss you like crazy.”
“You’ve been a gift to this broadcast,” adds Curry. “You have been generous and you have been a great girlfriend.”