First the news came out that Katie Couric is leaving the “CBS Evening News,” and now reports are circulating that Couric’s “Today” successor, Meredith Vieira, is leaving her co-anchor slot on the morning show before her contract is up in September. An announcement could reportedly come as soon as 5/2 that she will exit the show in June, however, NBC is not confirming she will be let out of her contract.
“Today” newsreader Ann Curry will reportedly be promoted to co-host with Matt Lauer, and correspondent Natalie Morales will take Curry’s place as newsreader. Vieira still hosts the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Looks like she’s exiting based on personal reasons that include her husband Richard Cohen’s battle with multiple sclerosis and cancer, and preparing her youngest daughter for college in the fall.
Vieira took the co-host slot with Lauer in 2006, replacing Katie Couric. Since then, Today has been the top-rated morning news program for 800 weeks straight and pulls a lot of revenue for the network.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Tonight is reporting Lauer plans to leave when his “Today” contract ends 12/31/12.