Ann Curry confirms she is leaving 'TODAY'

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By Mark Bullock - email

New York (WSFA) - Ann Curry confirmed Wednesday that she will leave NBC's Today show. In an interview with USA Today, Curry said telling the viewers is the hardest part. It was expected that she would announce her departure Thursday morning.

Curry followed Meredith Viera and Katie Couric, among others, as co-host of the popular morning news program. And her new contract has her remaining with NBC News.

According to USA Today, Curry will lead a seven-person unit to cover the world's biggest stories, from the civil uprising in Syria to the plight of the poor in America. She will produce network specials for NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, Rock Center and Today.

She also will likely fill in as an anchor on NBC's various newscasts.

Curry told the newspaper that she is looking forward to her new assignment. But she admitted that the rumors and public speculation about her future at the network was difficult to watch.

"I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries," Curry told USA Today via phone. "And my bosses have said to me there are many factors involved. There is no doubt that the rating wars have become meaner and less focused on our responsibilities as journalists."

"And the show is still No. 1 in terms of ratings," she quickly adds.

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