Meredith Vieira Announces Leaving ‘Today Show’

Meredith Vieira is stepping down from her gig as co-host of the “Today” show on NBC to spend more time with her family, and Ann Curry will replace her as host and correspondent Natalie Morales will be bumped up to Curry’s old spot.

Vieira replaced Katie Couric five years ago, and has talked about wanting more free time. Vieira, 57, has three children and her husband, author Richard M. Cohen, wrote a best-selling book about coping with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.

Her co-host, Matt Lauer, said that Vieira “has brought class and dignity and talent and a joy of life to this show for the last five years.”

Vieira says she’ll leave the show in June.