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OTRC: Meredith Vieira to leave NBC's 'Today' show?

Meredith Vieira appears on the 'Today' show in 2011. (NBC)

Meredith Vieira is expected to leave NBC's "Today" show after her contract expires in September, a report says.

The 57-year-old television personality joined the program in 2006, replacing Katie Couric, who left to become an anchor on the "CBS Evening News."

Vieira has been speaking with NBC News executives for the past few months about extending her contract with the network but is "weary of the demanding early morning hours and is ready to move on," TV Guide reported.

The publication added that she has said that her husband Richard's health, following his battles with multiple sclerosis and cancer, would be a factor in her decision regarding her future with the "Today" show. If Vieira does leave, "Today" anchor Ann Curry is the leading candidate to join Matt Lauer as co-anchor of the program, TV Guide quoted sources as saying.

Vieira and NBC have not commented on the report.

"I'll know when it's time to go, and I'm not afraid to go," Vieira told Ladies' Home Journal in an interview published in November 2010, when asked about her future on the "Today" show."

"If I were to leave at the end of next year because it's time for me, I wouldn't jump into another show," she said. "I would look forward to not working, to traveling with Richard and carving out time for us. You're always doing something, if you are curious. It doesn't have to be a 9-to-5 job."

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Couric plans to leave her post at CBS after almost five years when her own contract expires in June and that she may host a syndicated show in 2012.

Spokespeople for Couric and CBS have said in recent days that the two sides have been holding discussions.

In November, Couric denied that she was thinking about returning to the "Today" show.

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