NEW YORK (AP) - Katie Couric is leaving NBC's "Today" show. On her 15th anniversary on the program, Couric told viewers this morning that she's leaving at the end of May.
In an emotional farewell that mixed tears and fond humor, Couric said she made the decision after listening to her heart and gut. The 49-year-old Couric is the longest-serving anchor in "Today" show history. She called it "an honor and a privilege" to serve in that role for so long.
She said she's heading to CBS to anchor the CBS Evening News, becoming the first woman to be a sole anchor on a network evening newscast.
Lightening the mood after Couric made her announcement, Today co-host Matt Lauer, quickly quipped, "Also coming up in this half hour."