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Meredith Vieira Announces “Today” Departure

Posted Monday May 9, 2011 7:51 AM GMT

It has been rumored for weeks that Meredith Vieira was leaving her “Today” show gig, and this morning she made it official.

The 5-year host announced her departure as well as her replacement- the show’s 14-year news anchor Ann Curry.

Meredith explained, "This is a difficult day for me. I'm trying hard to hold it together," while also noting that her final day will be “in a few weeks.”

Last year, Vieira hinted that she was eyeing a change. "I'll know when it's time to go, and I'm not afraid to go. … If I were to leave the show at the end of next year because it's time for me, I wouldn't jump into another show. I would look forward to not working, to traveling with Richard and carving out time for us."

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