NEW YORK (AP) — Ann Curry is officially out as "Today" show co-host after one year.
She announced her departure on the show Thursday, ending a week of awkward television as she continued working after word spread that NBC was looking to oust her.
The popular morning show is facing its biggest challenge in the ratings from ABC's resurgent "Good Morning America" since the mid-1990s.
Curry grew up in Southern Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon. She worked at KGW on her way to the top morning show.
Curry started as the show's news anchor in 1997, and was promoted last June following Meredith Vieira's exit. But things never really clicked with co-host Matt Lauer. "Today" hadn't lost a week in the ratings since 1996 but this spring lost four times.
NBC's Savannah Guthrie is expected to replace Curry.
"Today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of TODAY," she 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. "We're going to go all over the world and all over this country at a time where this country and this world needs clarity."
Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Natalie Morales expressed their love.
"You have the biggest heart in the business," Matt said. "You put that on display every single day in this studio and you have for almost 20 years on this show." "Most importantly, you’ve made us better, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts," he said.
Natalie recalled Ann's hugely successful work on the Hiring our Heroes campaign in March. And Al highlighted another incredible event — when Ann, reporting on location in Japan in 2011, helped reunite a family separated in the devastating earthquake and tsunami, armed with a photo and a tweet.