Meredith Vieira, the co-host of NBC's "Today" show, is likely to leave the top-rated morning show this year, two people with knowledge of her deliberations said Tuesday.
Ms. Vieira's contract ends in September, and she has made no secret that she dislikes the early morning wake-up calls and the stress of the position. She has not notified NBC of a decision, but is leaning toward leaving, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity to avoid affecting the outcome. If Ms. Vieira, 57, does leave, the news anchor on "Today," Ann Curry, 54, would be a leading contender to replace her.
"Today" is both historic and highly lucrative, so the management of any anchor change on the show would be a major test for Comcast, which gained control of NBC earlier this year.
Separately, TV Guide and The Hollywood Reporter both reported on Tuesday that Ms. Vieira's exit looked likely. The people with knowledge of her deliberations said that foremost on her mind are her three children and her husband, Richard Cohen, who has multiple sclerosis. [...]
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