After nearly five years with the "Today" show, host Meredith Vieira has announced she is leaving at the end of June.
The departure was the subject of some speculation over the past few weeks, but Vieira herself confirmed it during this morning's show. NBC then released an official statement naming Ann Curry co-anchor, and Natalie Morales as news anchor. Curry has been with "Today" for 14 years, Morales for five.
The new "Today" team of Curry, Morales, Matt Lauer and Al Roker will debut in June.
NBC News president Steve Capus had this to say about the announcement:
“Meredith is a remarkable woman and broadcaster who in five short years has left an indelible imprint on morning television. While we will miss waking up with her each morning, we are working together on developing her next chapter at NBC News. As Meredith turns the page, we are so very fortunate to welcome Ann as co-anchor. I’ve known her since our early days together on ‘NBC News at Sunrise’ and it’s been a joy to watch her break news, break boundaries and evolve into one of America’s top journalists."
As for Vieira's future, Capus hinted at something on the horizon for the host: "However, we aren’t permanently saying goodbye to Meredith as she plans to continue in a new role at NBC News, and we hope to have an announcement soon."