Ann Curry confirmed early on Thursday morning that she is leaving the “Today” show after little more than a year as co-host.

Speaking to USA Today, Curry said that she would announce to viewers on Thursday’s program that her tenure has come to an end.

She said it was “going to be a bit of a tough day” when she broke the news to the audience.

“I’m going to have to tell our viewers,” she said. “That’s what makes me more emotional than anything. I don’t want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them.”

The paper wrote that Curry has signed a long-term deal with NBC News. She will become a roving national and international correspondent, producing specials and covering the more serious journalism which she has long said comes easiest to her.

However, the announcement brings a swift, sad finish to Curry’s tenure as a co-host of the iconic morning show. It was a job she had coveted deeply, and had waited to grab a hold of even as she was passed over once before in favor of Meredith Vieira. But falling ratings and persistent rumblings that she is not the right fit for the job have led NBC to push her out of her position.

It is not yet known exactly what kind of farewell the show will give her. Savannah Guthrie, one of the co-hosts of the third hour, has reportedly already been asked to replace Curry.

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