Ann Curry Offers a Tearful Goodbye on "Today" and Addresses Matt Lauer Rumors

| by Alex Groberman

With just minutes remaining in her final appearance on NBC’s “Today,” Ann Curry confirmed what everyone had known for a while now – she was leaving her dream job amidst rumors of infighting and backstage drama.

"I have loved you and I have wanted to give you the world," she told audience at home. "And I still do."

In an exclusive interview with USA Today, Curry shed some light on her exit. Per the report:

“I have called the co-host job at the ‘Today’ show my dream job, and I would be lying if I said it was easy to leave that job.”

She also addressed speculation that she and Matt Lauer didn’t get along.

“You know, Matt and I have had great on-air chemistry for 14 years, been part of the No. 1 winning team for a history-making number of years,” she said. “That said, I just finished my freshman year as co-host. In every single co-host’s first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone.”

So what happens next? Well, Curry will hold the title of anchor-at-large for “Today” and, apparently, will live off the lengthy contract that she had with NBC. How lengthy? All Curry would tell USA Today is that it was for "a significant amount of time.”

Curry did, however, dispel rumors that she was making $10 or $20 million per year.

"I can say that I'd love to earn that much.”

(Kudos USA Today, New York Daily News)