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OTRC: Meredith Vieira leaving NBC's 'Today' show, Ann Curry named as replacement

Meredith Vieira appears on the 'Today' show on May 9, 2011 and announces that she will leave the series in June. (NBC)

Meredith Vieira has confirmed she will leave NBC's "Today" show in June after some five years, while news anchor Ann Curry will take her place as co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer.

The official announcement was made on the morning program on Monday, May 9. It was reported last month that Vieira, 57, would leave the series before her contract expires in September.

"This is a difficult day for me," Vieira said in a choked voice. "I'm going to try to hold myself together here. But after months of personal reflection and private conversations with my family and friends, I have decided to leave 'Today' in June."

"I have had a great time, but time is one of those weird things you can never get enough of it," she added. "And it just keeps ticking away, and I know that I want to spend more of mine with my husband, Richard, and my kids, Ben, Gabe and Lily."

Vieira has said she wanted to spend more time with her three children and her husband, who has battled multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.

"I hope to stay in the NBC family," she said. "That's my goal. But it won't be sitting at the couch every day."

She joined the "Today" show the program in 2006, replacing Katie Couric, who left to become an anchor on the "CBS Evening News."

Couric said last month she plans to leave the show and recent reports say she plans to launch her own daytime talk program, possibly on ABC, although she and the network have not confirmed this.

Check out a video of Meredith Vieira announcing her departure from the "Today" show below.

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