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'Today' anchor Mike Leonard steps down

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales toast the morning show veteran

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Dec 14, 2012 12:13PM

"Today" show anchor Mike Leonard filed his final report and bid adieu to daytime on Friday after 32 years on the show.


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The veteran was behind the aptly titled segments "Leonard's Look," which featured stories about everyday people, including his own family, at times. His final segment was about his own 65th birthday at home and paid tribute to the person who inspired him "to see the beauty in our everyday existence." Leonard honored his real "lucky break": his wife, Cathy.


"I've had a lot of lucky breaks," Leonard said after the segment. "Lucky to have the family that I have … forgiving me all my flaws, and, also, I'm really really lucky to have a 'Today' show family that I have right here."

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"We are the lucky ones," Matt Lauer countered. "Your stories --and I've always thought this, from my first day here -- they are a microcosm view. They all have incredible heart. They're told with kindness and hope and modesty, and they are understated and yet so powerful. And that is you, in a nutshell."


Before Leonard signed off for the last time, the anchors toasted him with champagne and Lauer told him to come back any time. If you missed Leonard's goodbye, you can watch it here.


"Today" airs weekday mornings on NBC.

Dec 14, 2012 10:07PM
Now can we get rid of Hoda and Kathie Lee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 14, 2012 9:03PM
They just wanted us to think it was Matt Lauer. 
Dec 14, 2012 9:00PM
His stories were always filled with heart and humor!  Best wishes, Mr. Leonard--we will miss you on morning TV!!
Dec 14, 2012 6:37PM
Anchor?  Their definition of Anchor must be very different than mine,  An anchor is someone who the show centers around, not someone on the fringes that you see once in a while.
Dec 14, 2012 5:31PM
He is a correspondent or a contributor. Not an anchor. Either way, I will miss his stories.
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