Meredith Vieira announces she's leaving 'Today' show

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Since we now seem to be in the business of updating every news anchor move these days, we may as well note that Meredith Vieira has announced she is leaving her job on the Today show and moving to NBC News. Let the chair shuffling begin!

"This is a difficult day for me," Vieira said on Monday morning's broadcast. "I'm going to try to hold myself together here. But after months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I've decided to leave Today in June. I've really had a great time, but time is one of those weird things; you can never get enough of it. 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."

Ann Curry will sidle up next to Matt Lauer now, while third hour co-host Natalie Morales will be news anchor and NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie will take Morales' job. Now that we've settled that, let the gushing begin!

"Meredith is universally adored here at Today, and not just by those of us on the couch, but all the people behind the scenes," Lauer said. "She has brought class and dignity and talent. And a joy of life to this show over these last five years. And we will miss you like crazy."

Replacement Ann Curry chimed in, telling Vieira, "You've been a gift to this broadcast. You have been generous and you have been a great girlfriend." Oh, and thanks for the new job.

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[Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 2:38pm]

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