Katie Couric opens up about Ann Curry’s ‘Today Show’ exit

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If there is anyone who knows the inner workings of morning television better than anyone, it is Katie Couric. The host was a part of “The Today Show” family before leaving in 2006 to head to CBS, and within that time she saw all sorts of arrivals and departures both onscreen and off.

As a part of her new venture (her upcoming daytime talk show premiering on  September 10, Katie is taking all sorts of questions online courtesy of some Spreecast chats — and of course, it should not come as any surprise at all that this week someone chose to ask her about Ann Curry’s sudden exit from the show. While she didn’t have any sort of inside information about the switch over to Savannah Guthrie, she did send plenty of kind words her way:

“It really broke my heart this morning to see Ann, because I know she’s suffering and feeling a lot of pain with this transition … It’s really hard for everyone on the show.… This kind of tumult is really hard for everyone.”

As for most of the show’s current on-air personalities, some of them have chosen to share some kind words about Curry in the wake of her exit on Twitter.

Hoda Kotb – “@anncurry i’ll miss your daily hugs in the hallway…but i know where you sit  … looking forward to what’s next xo”

Kathie Lee Gifford – “Wishing @AnnCurry all the joy she deserves. What a classy lady…”

Al Roker – “It’s been my honor to work with @AnnCurry on @todayshow and thrilled she’ll be doing the stories as only she can for all of NBC News xoxo”

The only two “Today Show” mainstays to not comment on Curry’s exit on Twitter are Matt Lauer (who has really only posted a few messages since joining) and Natalie Morales. Guthrie has not mentioned Curry by name, but she did thank her supporters for their “kind messages” after her debut on Friday.

What do you think about Couric’s comments, and do you think that Guthrie is going to do a good job co-hosting the show? Be sure to check back soon for more updates on the future of “The Today Show.”

Photo: NBC

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