In an unfortunately and poignantly timed interview, portions of which were released on Thursday, Ann Curry told Ladies Home Journal that she hoped to log at least another five years as a "Today" co-host -- and she candidly discussed the hurt she felt over the show's falling ratings and her perceived role in bringing them about.

The interview landed just as the air is thick with rumors about Curry's imminent departure as a "Today" host. The New York Times reported that she has entered negotiations with NBC News about transitioning out of her role, just a year after finally getting what she has called her "dream job."

Long before that news, though, Curry sat down with Lee Woodruff for a Ladies' Home Journal cover story. She was painfully frank about the toll that the ending of the 16-year "Today" winning streak had taken on her -- especially since she has been the subject of harsh, even vicious press throughout the ordeal:

"It's hard not to take it personally. You worry, Am I not good enough? Am I not what people need? Am I asking the right questions? When people say negative things or speculate, you can't help but feel hurt. I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for. I think about the people who watch. They're the ones who matter to me. I want to feel I haven't dropped the ball when it comes to them."

She also told the magazine, "I've been at 'Today' for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20." It now seems all but inevitable that Curry, who waited patiently for her turn even after being passed over once for the top slot, will not make it that far.

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  • George Stephanopoulos

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  • Brian Kilmeade

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  • Mika Brzezinski

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