'Today's' Ann Curry leaves show; 'I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line'

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At the end of the second hour of "Today" on Thursday (June 28), co-host Ann Curry officially announced her departure.

As she tried unsuccessfully not to cry, Curry had this to say:

Today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of 'Today.' I'll still be a part of the 'Today Show' family, but I will have a new title and a new role. 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 off 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.

They're giving me some fancy new titles, which essentially means that I'm going to get tickets to every big story we want to cover with a terrific team of my choosing. We're going to go all over the world and all over this country, at a time when this country and this world needs clarity. We're going to do great work, I hope, and we're being given the chance to do the work that most of us got into journalism to do.

These stories are going to air on all the platforms of NBC News, including here on 'Today.' After all these years, I don't know if I can even sleep in anymore, I'm not even sure I can, 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 and behind the cameras.

I love all of our brilliant, brilliant producers and for all of you who saw me as a ground-breaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try and so to all of you who watch, thank you from the bottom of my heart and for letting me touch yours. And thank you for your tweets and your emails and for your support. I will keep trying, I'm sorry I've turned into a sob sister this morning, please forgive me. But I hope you'll wish me well.

After her announcement, co-anchor Matt Lauer said, "You have the biggest heart in the business. You put it on display every single day in this studio and you have for, what, almost 20 years on this show. The way you care about people comes through in every single story you report."

The team went on to talk about some of her highlights in reporting, like the hikers in Afghanistan and the Japanese tsunami. And Lauer ended the segment by saying this certainly isn't good-bye, because Curry will continue to be a part of the NBC News family.

There is no official announcement yet, but all the inside sources have been saying Savannah Guthrie can be expected to replace Curry as co-host alongside Lauer. Whether that will take place Friday, June 29 or Monday, July 2 is unknown.
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