[UPDATED 7:25 PM (PT) on April 26, 2011 to tweak both body copy and headline.]
A change is imminent for NBC’s top-rated “Today” show, with news breaking today that Meredith Vieira will be leaving the show well before her contract expires, The Daily reported. The information is from Richard Johnson, who for years oversaw the New York Post’s gossipy Page Six and who now is the L.A. bureau chief of The Daily’s Flash news and gossip section.
According to the article, Vieira, who was previously expected to depart the morning show when her contract expires in September, will instead exit in June.
Furthermore, the article says that The Daily–which is only available in its full form to subscribers using an iPad–has also reported that Ann Curry, currently the newsreader for the show, will replace Vieira as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor.
The story adds that "An NBC spokeswoman had no comment on the Vieira ‘speculation.’ "