The network announced Tuesday that Curry would leave to form her own independent production company that will cover international stories for TV and other platforms.
An NBC executive who spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to publicly discuss the
The deal marks the end of a saga that disrupted the news division for 2½ years.
"I am sincerely grateful to NBC News for allowing me to offer viewers a vast and diverse body of work," Curry said in a statement. "It has been a privilege to work with so many good and talented people at the network and I look forward to what we will do ahead."
Curry was a fan favorite at NBC’s
In June 2011, Curry was elevated to co-anchor, succeeding
Ratings at "Today" started to swoon as it was evident to viewers that Curry and Lauer did not mesh as a team. ABC’s
But it became a full-blown soap opera when Curry was pulled from the program in June 2012 and replaced with
Curry told viewers about her departure in a tearful on-air farewell speech that stunned the show's producers who watched in the control room.
The jarring anchor transition elicited terrible press coverage for "Today," as if Lauer had kicked his TV wife out of the house and married the babysitter.
Ratings continued to skid, and "Good Morning America" became the number one program later in 2012. It's been in the top spot ever since.
NBC News tried to repair the damage to "Today's" image by giving Curry a new contract and her own production unit that could cover international stories. She was also an occasional substitute on "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams."
But her journalism rarely made it on the air in recent months. Her hourlong report on U.S. negotiations over Iran’s