Ann Curry Addresses NBC News Exit: “Thinking How Lucky I Am…” for Supporters

Ann Curry
Ann Curry took to her Facebook on Jan. 15 to thank fans for their support after she announced this past week that she's leaving NBC News for a new startup gig. Mike Pont/FilmMagic

Onward! Outgoing NBC News anchor Ann Curry took to her Facebook page on Thursday, Jan. 15, to thank fans for their love and support as she cuts her exclusive ties with the network.

"Thinking how lucky I am," Curry, 58, wrote in her post. "So many of you have so generously sent love and encouragement. I am, because of you. With gratitude and great love back."

Her sweet message to followers comes in the wake of her confirmation this past week that she is ending her long-running stint at NBC News to join a media startup backed by NBCUniversal.

"This is about reaching for the edge of the future in journalism, which we know is undergoing an irrevocable transition," Curry said in a press release about her new role.

"In today’s world of fragmented media, this is the time to seize the opportunity to improve the way we distribute and even tell stories. I want to expand my drive to give voice to the voiceless to emerging platforms and produce both scripted and non-scripted content, in addition to continuing to report on-air about stories that matter."

Curry has been with NBC since 1978, and was most well-known for her co-anchor role on the Today show in 2011. The TV personality's time on the morning program was short-lived, as she and longtime host Matt Lauer did not mesh well. In June 2012, Curry famously broke down in tears on her final day on the show. Despite her dramatic exit, Curry remained with the network for several years.

"She was nominated for five Emmys and did well-received segments on climate change, reported on the Central African Republic and interviewed the President of Iran," a source told Us Weekly about Curry's past year. "NBC could have used her more but she's been busy. This new venture is a great use of Ann's talents."

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