Ann Curry to replace Meredith Vieira on 'Today,' but can she hack it?

ann-curry-replaces-meredity-vieira-today-nbc-320.jpgAnn Curry can now blow out her prayer candles as she's finally getting a chance to sit front and center as the co-host of "Today."

THR reports co-host  Meredith Vieira will vacate her position in June -- three months earlier than her contract was to expire. Then, Curry will finally grab the hosting chair. Not surprisingly, Natalie Morales will now be the newsreader.

Sources say Vieira, 57, is leaving for largely personal reasons as her daughter is preparing to leave for college and her husband, Richard Cohen, suffers from multiple sclerosis. 

She still hosts the syndicated game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and recently produced the film, "Return," about a female soldier's return home after war. Vieira replaced Katie Couric on "Today" in 2006 after her stint as one of the original hosts of ABC's "The View."

Always the newsreader, never the bride until now, 54-year-old Curry has been the news desk anchor at "Today" since 1997. She also anchors newsmagazine show  "Dateline NBC." A three-time Emmy winner, with her first award dating back to 1987 when she reported for the local Los Angeles CBS station, many wonder why she was passed on for the hosting position when Couric left.

So why now? In a time with lots of changes in the TV news world, such as Couric vacating her CBS position, NBC hopes to keep its No. 1 morning news show status by holding on to personalities viewers already know.

While she's a celebrated beat reporter, we have been less than impressed by Curry's interviewing skills on "Today," especially coming off soft on hard newsmakers. Some believe she isn't the smoothest newsreader either.

What do you think? Can Curry hack it as the co-host of "Today"?
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