12:03 PM EDT 11/19/2013
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.
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."
Originally posted 07/10/2012 10:45AM
Now that she's taken her spot next to Matt Lauer on the Today show, Savannah Guthrie has plenty of reasons to be happy – and possibly a little embarrassed, too.
On her official welcome to her morning gig Monday, Guthrie, 40, endured a friendly hazing-like induction, in which viewers caught a glimpse of a favorite childhood book about an aspiring cheerleader, as well as a clip of her singing and playing the guitar to Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go."
"It was just such a warm welcome, and how could you not feel really good after that?" she tells PEOPLE of her on-air introduction, which also included heartfelt comments from friends, her mother and former colleagues. "I'm thankful and excited for the future."
Originally posted 06/28/2012 09:05AM
Ann Curry will no longer co-host the Today show – effective immediately.
"This is not easy to say," a choked-up Curry, 55, announced on Thursday's show, as her costars sat on the sofa next to her. She said Thursday would be her last day as a regular on the show, but "I will still be part of the Today show family, in a different role."
She said she has been "given a fancy new title" and will roam the globe for NBC, reporting the news.
With tears in her eyes, she expressed her gratitude and love for the viewers and the behind-the-scenes staff, and said, "To those of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I am sorry that could not carry the ball across the finish line – but, man, I did try."
Originally posted 06/21/2012 03:35PM
Is Ann Curry leaving the Today show?
According to a The New York Times report (citing unidentified parties involved in the negotiations), Matt Lauer's latest co-host may soon find herself off the popular morning show and into a new job at the network as a foreign correspondent.
An official announcement is reportedly expected before the start of the summer Olympics next month.
Originally posted 06/04/2012 10:55AM
Originally posted 12/13/2011 08:00PM
Meredith Vieira may have said goodbye to her job as co-anchor of the Today show, but don't use the "R" word around her.
"It's funny. When I left Today and people asked me what retirement was like, I said, 'What are you talking about? I'm not retired!'" she tells Parade.
Vieira, 57, has said she left the job in part to spend more time with her husband, journalist Richard Cohen, who has secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis.
Originally posted 08/03/2011 09:00AM
In her career on the Today show, Meredith Vieira flew to Beijing to cover the Olympics, watched Duchess Catherine sparkle on her wedding day and kicked her heels up with the Rockettes.
But now, nearly two months after saying goodbye to her job as co-anchor of the top-rated morning show for the past five years, Vieira reveals her husband wasn't so sure she'd be up for the next challenge – spending time at home.
He teased, " 'Now you're going to see what it's like to be home with a crazy dog that barks all the time, things breaking here and there, and there's always a workman doing something,' " Vieira, 57, tells Good Housekeeping magazine in its September issue, on newsstands Aug. 16. "He said, 'You're going to be a part of the rhythm of my life.' "
Originally posted 06/08/2011 06:00AM
The departing host has fond memories from the morning show
Originally posted 06/08/2011 08:55AM
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