Ann Curry's Teary Goodbye on Today: 'This Is Not How I Expected to Leave This Couch After 15 Years'

At 8:50 this morning, Ann Curry signed off as Today show co-host. It was a teary scene, and Ann was heart-breakingly apologetic, saying: "For all of you, who saw me as a groundbreaker, I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line… but I did try." Ouch. Matt Lauer offered a few words about Ann's contributions to the show, noting that she has "the biggest heart," which is a comment on her emotions, not her reporting skills. Matt also said, "It's not goodbye." But his body language was terribly casual — one arm up on the couch because yes, he owns the damn place — and the kiss he placed on Ann's head is best described as perfunctory. Al Roker and Natalie Morales each embraced Ann with hugs. No televised hug from Matt.


In an interview with USA Today, Ann said: "I don't know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they've hurt deeply." According to the paper, Ann's new contract with NBC —

has her leading a seven-person unit with a ticket to cover the world's biggest stories, from the civil uprising in Syria to the plight of the poor in America. She'll produce network specials and pieces for NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center- and Today- and she'll occasionally fill in as anchor on Nightly News and elsewhere.

[USA Today]



I do not care what happened to you, how unfair it may have been or how it made you feel. It is NEVER, EVER ok to cry at work. If you have to cry, you do it behind closed doors. And for goodness sake, Ann, you are not a victim. Knock-off the self-pity; that nonsense about not crossing the finish line was a cheap pander for sympathy. You are a professional in a tough business and these things happen all the time.

You had to know that taking the co-host job was a bit of a risk. If co-hosting the Today show was your dream, then why didn't work on the things that you did poorly? You've been in the job for a year and I have not seen your performance improve one bit. You had to have known the criticisms. Anyone who watched the show or followed this story as it developed knew where you needed improvement. Why didn't you? Why didn't you hire a coach and work to get better if this is really where you wanted to be?