) -- Ann Curry will replace Meredith Vieira in June as co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer on



Meredith Vieira said Monday that she will leave the show next month, a few months before her current contract is set to expire in September.

Ann Curry will replace Meredith Vieira on NBC's "Today."

Vieira, 57, is hoping to spend more time with her family, including her three children and her husband, author Richard Cohen, who has multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.

"Even as I say this and I know that it's the right thing, I'm really sad," she said in her on-air announcement Monday.

Lauer said that Vieira "has brought class and dignity and talent and a joy of life to this show for the last five years."

After leaving "Today," Vieira will take an unspecified new role within

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"Today" show news anchor Ann Curry expressed her excitement about replacing Vieira as host.

"I feel like the high school computer nerd who has just been asked to the prom by the quarterback of the football team," Curry said.

Natalie Morales, an anchor for the third of the show's four hours, will become the regular newsreader, and Savannah Guthrie will become a host of the show's third hour with Morales and Al Roker.

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