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Meredith Vieira appears on the Today show in 2011. - Provided courtesy of NBC

Meredith Vieira to leave NBC's 'Today' show, Ann Curry is replacement?

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04/29/2011 by Olivia Allin

Meredith Vieira is planning to leave NBC's "Today" show in June, before her contract expires in September, a report says.

Rumors have been circulating that Vieira plans to move on, while "Today" newsreader Ann Curry will be promoted to co-host alongside Matt Lauer. Meanwhile, correspondent Natalie Morales is expected to take Curry's place as newsreader, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The 57-year-old television personality joined the program in 2006, replacing Katie Couric, who left to become an anchor on the "CBS Evening News."

Vieira has been speaking with NBC News executives for the past few months about extending her contract with the network but is "weary of the demanding early morning hours and is ready to move on," TV Guide reported earlier in the month.

The publication added that she has said that her husband Richard's health, following his battles with multiple sclerosis and cancer, would be a factor in her decision regarding her future with the "Today" show.

Vieira and NBC have not commented on the report.

"I'll know when it's time to go, and I'm not afraid to go," Vieira told Ladies' Home Journal in an interview published in November 2010, when asked about her future on the "Today" show."

"If I were to leave at the end of next year because it's time for me, I wouldn't jump into another show," she said. "I would look forward to not working, to traveling with Richard and carving out time for us. You're always doing something, if you are curious. It doesn't have to be a 9-to-5 job."

Meanwhile, Katie Couric announced on April 26 that she plans to leave her post at CBS after almost five years when her own contract expires in June and that she may host a syndicated show in 2012.

In November, Couric denied that she was thinking about returning to the "Today" show.

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