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Ann Curry FINALLY Opens Up About Her Today Exit: 'It Hurt Like Hell'

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Ann Curry gets the last word…

After famously leaving Today in 2012, the journalist inadvertently made headlines in November 2017 when her former co-anchor Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News for allegedly engaging in "inappropriate sexual behavior."

At the time, the 61-year-old was "still really processing" the news, as a source claimed she was not "relishing" in Lauer's misery. In case you forgot, Curry was rumored to be fired due to her lack of "chemistry" with the now-disgraced TV personality.

Related: Katie Couric Accused Matt Of Pinching Her Ass!

In a People article published on Tuesday, Ann opens up for the first time about her daytime TV exit, five years after it happened.

Though the Guam-native admits the entire ordeal was excruciatingly painful, she has come out of the experience a better, more whole person, saying:

"It hurt like hell… It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself. I can say I've done nothing wrong. I've been honest and true. I've tried to stay pure. I've tried to not respond in a knee-jerk manner, and I've stayed very close to who I am. So it hurt, but I'm also proud of myself."

The mother of two — who is hosting the PBS docuseries We'll Meet Again premiering January 23 — has also learned to let go of her ego.

"Experience has taught me, as a journalist, the No. 1 thing you have to be is humble… It's not about you."

By overcoming her hardships, Curry has further developed her strength and confidence. As they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

"I'm not going to say it wasn't hard… But I had to let go. And I learned that when you not only let go but open your arms wide and learn the lessons that an experience — no matter how bad — can teach you, that's when you rise… I can say today I'm stronger now… I'm smarter. I'm happier, as happy as I've ever been. And my compassion has only grown. When you go through the pain and learn the lessons, you will be changed for the better."

In her new show, the industry vet is reminded that we all have the power to do good, especially in our current political climate.

"I've always thought of journalism as a service profession… I'm in it to give, not to get. This show lets me explore people's beautiful wishes to reconnect with the people who helped them survive… The power we have to do good and to have compassion lives deep within us all, and I believe it's something we need to be reminded of… There are times we forget it exists, and we may be living in one of those times right now. But the capacity for good is still there. It exists, and it will rise again."

We're rooting for you, Ann. We always have.

[Image via WENN.]

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