The worst-kept secret in daytime was confirmed Monday when Today show co-host Meredith Vieira announced she'd be leaving the NBC morning show when her contract expires next month, though she'll continue at the network in some capacity. (The New York Times said last week Vieira's decision would be "entirely her own," and that she wanted to spend more time with her family. The Daily Mail noted that her husband, Richard, has multiple sclerosis and cancer.) Here she is today announcing her departure:
With Vieira's exit confirmed, here's a look at what the new talent roster will look like for the juggernaut morning show, which NBC insiders estimate turns a $200 million profit annually for the division:
Ann Curry (Co-host)
Curry has been news anchor at Today for 14 years. She gets Vieira's job after losing out on the position when Katie Couric jumped to CBS in 2006. Why Curry? She's popular, has paid her dues, and as the New York Times reported, she has a clause in her contract "that assure[s] her that if she did not get the promotion this time, her contract would be voided and she would be available to move elsewhere immediately."
Matt Lauer (Co-host)