Meredith Viera Leaving NBC’s “Today”

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meredith today show 2 Meredith Viera Leaving NBCs Today

We’ve told you about it for months, but Meredith finally made it official this morning. See what she said as she teared up announcing she was leaving:

Meredith said: “This is a difficult day for me. I’m trying hard to hold it together.” She said she wanted to leave because, “I want to spend more [time] with my husband Richard, and my kids.”

Meredith’s last show will be in June. Ann Curry will take over for Meredith, and Natalie Morales will take over for Ann in the newsreader role.

Matt Lauer’s contract is up in 2012, and he’s hinted that he may give up his anchor seat at that point, but there’s also speculation that he’s just saying that as a negotiation tactic.

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