Deborah Norville spoke little about her turbulent year at NBC in her first public appearance since it was announced she would not be returning to the "Today" show.

In a speech Friday at the Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tenn., the former anchor's only reference to her troubled tenure at the NBC morning show was to thank people for supporting her when "Norville bashing" was chic."You made it possible to keep going," she said.