Vieira: The View Has Become a 'Joke'
08/28/2006 AT 11:00 AM EDT
Speaking about her former ABC vehicle, Vieira tells Time magazine that she "needed to think ahead" and no longer watches the daytime chatfest.
"But I have to admit," she says, "the day after Star (Jones) made her announcement (about leaving), I watched. I feel very sad for everything that's happened and for everybody involved. I'm proud of the work we did there, but it's not a good time in the history of that show. It's hard to watch. It sort of became a joke."
Asked if she'd grown tired of The View, she says: "Not tired, but I'd been doing it for nine years. The positive side was that it was like a wonderful, comfortable pair of slippers. But you can become so blasé."
Though she turned down a job on CBS's Early Show in 2002, Vieira said, she couldn't turn her back on NBC's Today.
"I have the opportunity to do pretty much any story I want to do," she says. "And if I don't do this now, I'll probably not get offered it again. I'd kick myself. I'm not somebody who loves getting up at 4 in the morning, so this might kill me, but we'll see."