Today Show Ann Curry leaving: Curry announces she's leaving the Today Show Thursday morning

Ann Curry announced this morning that she will be leaving the 'Today' Show, terminating her co-hosting duties with Matt Lauer.

Prior to her announcement, Curry told USA Today exclusively over the phone that It's "going to be a bit of a tough day. I'm going to have to tell our viewers. 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."

USA Today reports Curry'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 will also produce specials for NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center and Today, according to the USA Today report.

Curry, who has been with "Today" since 1997, replaced Meredith Vieira last June as Lauer's partner. Lauer agreed to a long-term contract this spring to stay with the show.

The New York Times first reported the discussions about the possible change in co-host at Today.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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