Ann Curry will leave "Today" on Thursday -- but it doesn't sound like she'll be leaving with a smile.
In an interview with USA Today, the 55-year-old newswoman confirmed that she will exit as cohost of the NBC morning news show and that the departure was most definitely not voluntary. Rumors have swirled about her tenure since earlier this year and exploded earlier this month after the New York Times reported that NBC executives were preparing to push her out.
"I don't know who has been behind the leaks, but no question they've hurt deeply," Curry was quoted as saying. She said she would announce her exit herself: "I'm going to have to tell our viewers. That's what makes me more emotional than anything."
When asked whether she felt that her yearlong stint alongside cohost Matt Lauer was long enough to work out the inevitable "kinks" in morning TV, she replied, "No, I do not."