updated - May 19, 2013 Sunday EDT
By Zanub Saeed
Ann Curry confirmed that she will be leaving NBC's "Today" show during a new interview with USA Today.
Curry, the cohost of the morning talk show, was promoted to the top position in 2011, but after a year, was asked to step down from the position by the network. She confirmed it on "Today" on Thursday morning that she will indeed be leaving the program, only having fulfilled the first of three years of her contract with NBC.
"I am so grateful especially to all of you who watch," Curry said on Thursday morning's live telecast of "Today." "We often call ourselves a family but you are the real Today show family. I have loved you and I have wanted to give you the world and I still do."
Curry revealed that as part of her new multi-year contract, said USA Today, she will be leading a seven-part team to cover the world's largest events, for "NBC Nightly News," "Dateline," "Rock Center," and "Today," and will also fill in as anchor on "Nightly News" from time to time.
Curry commented on the speculation that she and former "Today' show cohost Matt Lauer did not get along.
"You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years," Curry told USA Today. "That said, I just finished my freshman year as co-host. In every single co-host's first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone."
Her new NBC title, according to USA Today, will be Today show anchor-at-large and NBC News national/international correspondent.
"I have called the co-host job at the Today Show my dream job, and I would be lying if I said it was easy to leave that job," Curry told USA Today. "In my secret heart of hearts, I see this as a thrilling opportunity. To have a ticket to every big story in the world - no small matter."
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