Ann Curry Leaves NBC News to Launch Startup

The journalist is departing NBC News two years after her Today firing.

Ann Curry is leaving NBC News effective immediately.

The journalist is departing the Peacock Network three years after she was sacked as anchor of Today in favor of Savannah Guthrie. Curry will be launching her own startup news platform, which is being partially funded by NBC.

"This is about reaching for the edge of the future in journalism, which we know is undergoing an irrevocable transition," Curry said in a statement. "I am excited about working to become a valuable link between traditional media and what is to come."

She continued: "I am sincerely grateful to NBC News for allowing me to offer viewers a vast and diverse body of work, including a depth of humanitarian reporting I understand still resonates. It has been a privilege to work with so many good and talented people at the network."

Curry's new startup platform will allow her to potentially appear on a variety of networks, although the specifics have yet to be announced.

The presenter has worked for NBC News since 1990, and in that time has reported for NBC News at Sunrise, Today, The NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC.

Curry has made only sporadic appearances across NBC and its cable stations since she was let go from Today in June 2012. Reports suggested that her co-anchor Matt Lauer played a role in her Today departure, although Lauer publicly denied those claims.

Lifetime is reportedly developing a television movie about Curry's unceremonious exit from Today.

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