The Most Dramatic TV Exits of All Time

In light of Thomas Gibson's announcement that he's leaving Criminal Minds, we're taking a look at other surprising TV departures

ANN CURRY, TODAY

Despite there being rumors that Curry's Today co-host Matt Lauer was to blame for the journalist's abrupt exit in 2012 (she served as co-host for one year), former Today co-host Meredith Vieira explained the truth behind the supposed behind-the-scenes drama in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter."I really felt for Matt a lot. And I felt for Ann, too. It turned so nasty, really nasty … They basically pointed to one person on whom to take out all of their anger. I don't know if I would have survived that," she said in 2014, adding that she didn't think NBC handled the exit well. "I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don't think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with. And then the ending was so mishandled."