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Posted Mon, May 9, 2011 4:00pm EST

Meredith Vieira Officially Leaving 'Today' — Ann Curry Named As Her Replacement!

Meredith is leaving the popular morning show it was announced live on ‘Today’ after five years — and Ann is set to move from the news desk to take over her spot!

After weeks of speculation and rumors it was officially announced on May 9 that Meredith Vieira would be leaving Today and that Ann Curry would be taking her spot. Ann’s spot meanwhile would be filled by Natalie Morales in a game of morning show musical chairs.

Matt Lauer made the announcement as the group shared hugs and tears with one another.

Meredith joined Today in 2006 from The View, replacing longtime host Katie Couric, who moved on to the CBS Evening News. Oddly, Katie will also be leaving her post this year.

Are you sad to see Meredith go HollywoodLifers?

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