'Today': Ann Curry confirms departure, will stay with NBC as a producer and correspondent

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ann-curry-leaving-today-getty.jpgRumors about Ann Curry's impending departure from "Today" have been swirling for over a week, but now Curry has confirmed to USA Today in an emotional interview that she is leaving the show, a year after she started and much sooner than she ever planned.

"In journalism school, you never take a class on what to do when you're the focus of the story," says Curry. "[It's] going to be a bit of a tough day. I'm going to have to tell our viewers ... I don't want to leave them. I love them. And I will really miss them."

Curry's new contract with NBC will have her leading a seven-person group that will cover news stories around the world. She'll produce pieces for "NBC Nightly News," "Dateline," "Rock Center" and "Today" and she'll occasionally fill in as anchor on "Nightly News."

Curry certainly isn't pleased to leave her current job at "Today," however, and does not feel she was given enough time to work out the kinks.

"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," says Curry. But when asked if she had enough time to to find her footing, Curry flatly says, "No, I do not."

As far as her new position goes, Curry tells USA Today that she'll have a significant title - "Today" anchor-at-large and "NBC News" national/international correspondent - and that her contract lasts "a significant amount of time." But she does not disclose her salary, adding that she does not make the $10 million or $20 million a year it is rumored she makes.

What is next for Curry? She'll take some time off, then report from the Olympics in London as she eases into her new position at NBC.

What do you think, morning show viewers?