It was announced Monday morning that Meredith Vieira will be leaving her job as co-host of the Today show in June.
NBC announced that longtime Today show news anchor Ann Curry will take over the position, succeeding Vieira alongside Matt Lauer.
Natalie Morales, who now co-hosts the third hour of Today will take over Curry's news anchor position. Savannah Guthrie, NBC's White House correspondent will take over Morales's 9 a.m. spot.
Rumors had been circulating the Internet for weeks regarding shake ups and changes on the show.
The reason she is leaving is to spend more time with her family.
Vieira told viewers,
After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and friends, I've decided to leave 'Today' in June.
She said she is leaving, after five years as co-host to spend more time with her three children and her husband who has multiple sclerosis.
We all feel blessed to have spent the past five years with you. Meredith is universally adored. We will miss you like crazy, said Vieira's co-host, Matt Lauer.
Lauer's contract expires in 2012, and there are rumors he will be leaving the show as well.
Ann Curry has been chosen to fill in for Vieira. Curry called Vieira a gift to this broadcast. She also said that she feels like the high school computer nerd who was just asked to the prom by the quarterback of the football team.