Vieira on Leave

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1998 12:00AM

Meredith Vieira will not be joining her colleagues on "The View" in Los Angeles this morning, having told them -- and viewers -- on the air yesterday that she will remain in New York to be at the side of her husband, journalist Richard Cohen. Cohen is to undergo surgery this morning for a recurrence of colon cancer, said Vieira. She also revealed that he is battling multiple sclerosis. Vieira is expect to re-join her cohorts on the ABC coffee-klatch show -- Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Star Jones and Lisa Ling, who are all currently with the show in L.A. -- when the program returns to its Manhattan studio on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving, reports New York's Daily News. On yesterday's "View," Vieira said that she is optimistic about her husband's condition, and noted that his cancerous lesion was discovered during a routine colonoscopy, which she encouraged everyone to have.

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