Finally admitting one of the worst guarded secrets in the history of network television, lovable “Today Show” host Meredith Vieira announced this morning she will be departing from the highly rated morning show.
“After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I’ve decided to leave ‘Today,’ in June,” she said, sitting next to Matt Lauer and Al Roker.
Vieira, who has co-hosted the show with Lauer for the past five years, said she is leaving to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and their three children.
She’ll be replaced by co-star Ann Curry, who has been on the show in some capacity for over a decade, and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales will take over Curry’s news desk position.
“I feel like the high school computer nerd who was just asked to the prom by the quarterback of the football team,” an emotional Curry said, calling Vieira a “gift to this broadcast” and if it was her choice, Vieira would stay on ‘Today.’
Check out Meredith’s tearful announcement below: