Ann Curry broke down on live TV this morning when she announced that this would be her last day as co-host of the Today Show. MSNBC says:
“Today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of TODAY,” [Ann] said. “I will still be a part of the TODAY show family, but I’m going to have a new title and a new role.”
As TODAY Anchor at Large and National and International Correspondent for NBC News, Curry will anchor prime-time specials and report for TODAY, Nightly News, Rock Center, Dateline and MSNBC.
Ann spoke directly to viewers. “Matt and I, and everyone who sits on this couch, we often call ourselves a family, but you are the real TODAY show family,” she said. “You are why I have ventured into dangerous places and interviewed dictators and jumped off of planes and off of bridges, and climbed mountains and landed in the South Pole, and convinced the Dalai Lama to come live in our studio. I have loved you, and I have wanted to give you the world. And I still do.”
This may be one of the most awkward things I’ve ever seen in my life. Try to watch it without wincing. It can’t be done. At one point you’ll think, “no way it could possibly get worse,” and then each Today show correspondent goes around in a circle sharing their favorite Ann memory. It’s worse than the time I caught my uncle masturbating with a pair of my mother’s trouser socks. And that was plenty awkward, believe you me.