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Miss America Didn't Even Realize Domestic Violence 'Was Happening to Me'

Miss America Didn't Even Realize Domestic Violence 'Was Happening to Me'

Originally posted 09/17/2014 02:50PM

Although Miss America Kira Kazantsev chose to be playful during the talent portion of last weekend's competition with her red-cup rendition of Pharrell's "Happy," her platform is strictly all business.

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Meredith Vieira Reveals Past Abusive Relationship – and Why She Stayed (VIDEO)

Meredith Vieira Reveals Past Abusive Relationship – and Why She Stayed (VIDEO)

Originally posted 09/16/2014 08:15PM



Among her legion of fans, Meredith Vieira is a warm TV presence who's reliably upbeat, quick-witted and always ready with a clever wisecrack.

Those who tune into Wednesday's The Meredith Vieira Show may be in for a surprise, then.

On her new daytime talker, the popular host, 60, strikes a serious note to speak candidly on a personal topic, one that has taken on immediate relevance in light of recent news stories involving a video showing NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée (and now wife) Janay Palmer.

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Meredith Vieira: Five Choices That Changed My Life | Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira: Five Choices That Changed My Life

Originally posted 09/03/2014 02:00PM

The talk show host opens up about the life decisions that shaped her career and personal life

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Meredith Vieira Revisits Her Life Choices

Meredith Vieira Revisits Her Life Choices

Originally posted 09/04/2014 08:00AM

She's known as an expert at extracting information out of others, but these days, storied journalist Meredith Vieira is opening up about her own story.

As she launches her new NBC daytime talk show, The Meredith Vieira Show, premiering next Monday, the wife and mother of three sat down for this week's issue of PEOPLE to discuss the woman behind the journalist – and the choices that have led her to where she is today.

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It's the Ice Bucket Challenge for Pets! Meredith Vieira Gets Pied in the Face to Help Homeless Animals

Originally posted 09/03/2014 04:30PM

The ALS Ice Bucket challenge has taken over social media, attracted numerous celebrity participants and, most important, raised millions of dollars in donations towards finding a cure for the progressive neurodegenerative disease. Longtime animal activist and former NBC correspondent Jill Rappaport hopes her challenge, Pies 4 Paws, will do the same things for the 8 million shelter pets looking for a home.

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Meredith Vieira's Talk Show Will Have One Pretty Unusual Segment | Meredith Vieira

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Meredith Vieira's Talk Show Will Have One Pretty Unusual Segment (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/27/2014 06:30AM

Talk about a Game of Thrones.

While Meredith Vieira was a guest on Conan this week, the TV favorite discussed an unusual idea she has for her upcoming talk show.

"One of the segments that we're doing is called 'Stall Talk,' Vieira told Conan O'Brien. "And I'm in one stall of a bathroom, my guest is in the next stall, and you interview them."

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Barbara Walters Is 'Looking Forward to Not Having a Schedule' Post-Retirement | Barbara Walters

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Barbara Walters Is 'Looking Forward to Not Having a Schedule' Post-Retirement

Originally posted 05/16/2014 06:00AM

The titans of TV came out to honor Barbara Walters, who is retiring after more than 50 years on air.

The first lady of network news is leaving The View, the show she created and has hosted ever since, after Friday's episode. Gathering at the Four Seasons in New York City on Wednesday evening were Walters's co-hosts past (Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Lisa Ling, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos) and present (Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd). as well as a bevy of other stars.

Also celebrating Walters, 84, were Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Michael Douglas, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, George Stephanopoulos and wife Ali Wentworth, Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts and Joan Rivers.

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Elizabeth Smart on Her Abduction: 'There Was a Point That I Stopped Crying'

Elizabeth Smart on Her Abduction: 'There Was a Point That I Stopped Crying'

Originally posted 10/04/2013 02:30PM

A decade after her rescue from a nine-month kidnapping ordeal that began when she was taken at knifepoint at 14 from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart is telling her tale in her book to be released next week and to Meredith Vieira in an NBC interview to air Friday.

My Story, by the now 25-year-old, recalls the painful days and nights held in captivity by Brian David Mitchell – a onetime homeless preacher – and his wife, Wanda Barzee, when the teen was chained, dressed in disguise and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. She also relives the moments where she was brought back to her family and saw justice served to her attackers.

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Meredith Vieira: My Husband's Never Warmed to the Dog | Meredith Vieira, Richard Cohen

Meredith Vieira: My Husband's Never Warmed to the Dog

Originally posted 11/03/2012 07:15AM

For her last appearance as host of the Today show, Meredith Vieira kept dog Jasper at her side – something her husband, Richard Cohen, can't seem to fathom.

"I find it mind-boggling that anybody can be as affectionate and pay as much attention to [him] as Meredith does," he says during a taped segment for Wednesday's episode of the Today show, in which he and Vieira reflect on his new book, I Want to Kill the Dog.

"I don't think that Richard has ever really taken to Jasper the way one would hope," Vieira adds, "and also maybe there's a little jealousy."

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