On NBC’s Today show this morning, Meredith Vieira confirmed that she will leave the show next month to spend more time with her family and that Ann Curry will replace her as co-host alongside Matt Lauer. Vieira, whose husband, author Richard M. Cohen,  has been coping with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer, will make her exit in June, ahead of the September end of her contract. She has been on Today for 5 years, having replaced Katie Couric in 2006. “Even as I say this and I know that it’s the right thing, I’m really sad,” Vieira said. Said Lauer, “(Vieira) has brought class and dignity and talent and a joy of life to this show for the last five years.” For Curry, who has been Today’s news reader since 1997, this is a promotion 5 years in the making as she was passed over for the top job five years ago but stuck with the show. “I feel like the high school computer nerd who has just been asked to the prom by the quarterback of the football team,” Curry said. She will be replaced as news anchor by Natalie Morales, an anchor for the third hour of Today, while Savannah Guthrie has been added as co-host of the third hour with Morales and Al Roker. Below is video of this morning’s announcement:

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