A last 'Today' good morning for Meredith Vieira

By FRAZIER MOORE | June 8, 2011 | 8:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Meredith Vieira (vee-EHR'-uh) is saying her goodbyes to NBC's "Today" show.

The popular morning show co-host is ending her five-year run, telling viewers on Wednesday her decision to go is "right, but it's hard."

That decision is a personal one and by Vieira's choice. Seated beside longtime co-host Matt Lauer, she has helped keep "Today" the audience frontrunner among network morning shows.

Lauer called Vieira's final day "a very bittersweet Wednesday morning."

In what should be a smooth transition, "Today" show veteran Ann Curry will take over for Vieira at the anchor desk.