It was an on-air goodbye long on emotion but short on explanation (see video above). As widely anticipated, Ann Curry bid adieu to the “Today” program she called a family as she fought back tears. But the five-minute farewell left a mystery as to why she was stepping aside for a new role at NBC News–lackluster chemistry with Matt Lauer was blamed for the franchise’s newfound ratings vulnerability–or who was to replace her–Savannah Guthrie is reportedly close to a deal for the co-anchor role.
It was back on March 11, 1997 that Curry first joined the program, as seen below (link).
Here she is celebrating her 10th year on ‘Today’ (link)
On June 9, 2011, Curry was bumped up to co-anchor. Try not to squirm as Lauer hails the “comfortable fit” she brings to the program (link)
And finally, that promotion also occasioned this Curry career retrospective (link, no embed available).