Ann Curry broke down in tears on Thursday as she announced her departure from the “Today Show.”

“This is not easy to say, but today will be my last morning as a regular co-host on Today,” said Curry, making it official after days of intense speculation.

She added, “I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch… We often call ourselves a family, but you [viewers] are the real ‘Today Show’ family.”

Later she remarked, “I loved you, and I wanted to give you the world, and I still do.”

After discussing her new role as an NBC News super-correspondent and joking, “After all these years [on morning TV], I’m not even sure I can sleep in anymore,” Curry made perhaps her most wrenching statement.

“For all of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball to the finish line,” said Curry, her voice breaking. “But man, I did try.”

Her co-anchor Matt Lauer then offered his goodbye wishes to Curry, saying she has “the biggest heart” of anyone in the business.

(Source: and NBC-TV)

Ann Curry Dramatically Announces ‘Today’ Show Departure

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