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Meredith Vieira -- Leaving 'Today'

4/28/2011 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Meredith Vieira is stepping down from her gig as co-host of the "Today" show on NBC ... this according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meredith Vieira Leaving Today Show

Vieira will reportedly remain on the show until June --- nearly 3 months before the end of her contract.

According to the report, Vieira will be replaced by newsreader Ann Curry ... and correspondent Natalie Morales will be bumped up to Curry's old spot.

As TMZ first reported, Vieira -- who took the gig next to Matt Lauer in 2006 -- wanted off the show for a while because she hated the early hours, has a husband who is ill and she's making plenty of money doing her syndicated game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

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1.

Carl    

Is your spell check broken, or are you trying to seem cool with the internet kids by spelling "the" as "teh"?

1084 days ago
2.

Squire    

Ann Curry? UGH! I'll be rethinking the Today show.

1084 days ago
3.

david    

Could you get a worst picture of her or what???

1084 days ago
4.

iz    

she needs some botox to that mug of hers stat !!!

1084 days ago
5.

chris    

HELLO CBS!

1084 days ago
6.

jw    

furst and teh?

1084 days ago
7.

LoveKim    

Gawd! What a wrinkled witch. She sucks anyway Ann Curry should be promoted to her job.

1084 days ago
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Robin    

@Squire:

I too will be rethinking the Today show. Ann Curry is horrific!!

1084 days ago
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Lisa    

Ann Curry is a huge mistake!! She ALWAYS talks over whoever she is interviewing and she cannot think fast on her feet when the interview strays from her scripted questions. I will have to switch to Good Morning America after 30 years.

1084 days ago
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hotbitch    

She is BEAT for 57. Talk about great lighting.

1084 days ago
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acorn    

Her husban is disabled, not always ill. And she does not "need Botox," she needs you to look in your own mirror and leave her the eff alone.

1084 days ago
12.

Lori    

WELL...I was going to comment that as soon as she "stepped down from NBC" That she step on in to a Plastic Surgeons office...but then you go and remind me of her SERIOUSLY ill husband!.

I know, I know, I'm a bad person.

1084 days ago
13.

bb    

I love Meredith, but can understand if she wants to take more time for her personal life. I'm sure Ann's a nice person and all, but I agree with Lisa, and if true, I will be switching the channel.

1084 days ago
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Patty    

Too bad - Ann Curry is nice, but she's not a news woman and certainly not at the same level as Viera. I can't imagine a worse replacement for Meredith.

1084 days ago
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His Prince Michael    

I know it's television, but, I've always respected her.
She earned her success the old fashioned way: Worked for it.
Indeed, her husband (and family)are blessed to have such a decent
and lovely-lady, like Meredith.

1084 days ago
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