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Originally posted 05/09/2011 07:50AM
TV's game of musical chairs took a not-unexpected twist on Monday with Meredith Vieira's on-air announcement that, after a five-year run, she will be leaving the Today show next month. She will be succeeded by the show's 14-year news anchor, Ann Curry.
"This is a difficult day for me. I'm trying hard to hold it together," Vieira, 57, said as she teetered between laughter and tears. Her final day will be "in a few weeks," said co-host Matt Lauer.
Vieira said she wants to spend more time with her husband and children.
The announcement comes after weeks of rumors, reports and just plain speculation – including buzz that Lauer's former Today colleague, Katie Couric, would be resuming her morning perch with him.
Originally posted 04/28/2011 09:45PM
Changes are afoot at the Today show.
Meredith Vieira, who has been rumored to be considering leaving her gig as co-host on the morning show, is indeed moving on, a network source tells PEOPLE.
"Meredith has decided she simply does not want to continue with the grind of a daily morning news show," says the source. "This isn't about leaving to tend to her family – it's about being done with the phase of her career that requires this sort of a daily, on-air commitment. This didn't come out of the blue and is something she's talked about for some time."
Originally posted 04/06/2011 05:45PM
It's been a week of reported shakeups for TV journalists.
Fresh of the heels of news that Meredith Vieira may not renew her contract at Today once it expires later this year, reports have surfaced that her co-host, Matt Lauer, will also step down from his position at the NBC morning show.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Lauer, 53, has already notified his NBC bosses that he plans to leave the show he's hosted since 1997 when his contract expires on Dec. 31, 2012.
Originally posted 04/06/2011 02:30PM
Who would you like to wake up to in the morning?
With Meredith Vieira reportedly considering leaving the Today show when her contract is up in the fall, the obvious next question is: Who should replace her.
Veteran Today anchor Ann Curry seems like a serious contender for the gig. Having been the show's news anchor since 1997, Curry has paid her dues and is a familiar face to viewers. As the host of Dateline NBC and often a fill-in anchor on NBC Nightly News, Curry certainly has the chops for the job.
Originally posted 04/05/2011 07:00PM
For Meredith Vieira, there may be no tomorrow at Today.
Weary of the early hours and concerned about her husband, who has multiple sclerosis, Vieira is expected to leave as co-anchor when her contract expires later this year, TV Guide reports.
Vieira, 57, took the job in 2006 when Katie Couric became anchor at the CBS Evening News. Couric, 54, is also reportedly leaving.
– Mike Fleeman
Originally posted 01/25/2011 12:40PM
Did Oscar host and 127 Hours Best Actor nominee James Franco get his feelings hurt – or does he just have a sense of humor?
On Tuesday morning, the actor spoke to the Today show after the Academy announced his nomination, but he used most of his airtime to rib NBC host Meredith Vieira about her practically already awarding the prize to King's Speech nominee Colin Firth.
"I guess you'll be polishing his statue, eh, Meredith?" joked Franco. A chagrined Vieira said she'd polish Franco's, as well, though she admitted, "I'm in the doghouse."
As for Firth, he sent word from London to describe how he was marking Tuesday's happy occasion, saying he's "currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour."
Originally posted 10/13/2010 03:25PM
Meredith Vieira, whose husband suffers from multiple sclerosis, says his illness has taken a toll on their marriage – and limits their options now more than ever. But they try to look on the bright side.
"I feel cheated sometimes," the Today show host, 56, says in November's Ladies' Home Journal, on newsstands Wednesday, speaking of her journalist husband Richard M. Cohen's struggle with the disease.
"We used to run together and go on ski trips or go to the beach," she says. "Now, it's very hard for Richard to stand. But we're very lucky in what we do have."
Originally posted 05/17/2010 08:00AM
"She's an amazing person, and I've never seen anybody with a constitution like hers. She's like a horse. She eats so much – she's like a healthy, gorgeous, incredible woman."
Meredith Vieira, 56, speaking to PEOPLE at Saturday's Disney-ABC Group Summer Press Junket, on the stamina of her former View co-host Barbara Walters, 80, who is currently recovering from surgery for a heart valve replacement.
– Bethany Powers
Originally posted 10/30/2009 09:00AM
A galaxy far, far away came to New York's Rockefeller Plaza Friday morning, and it was 1977 all over again, as the Today show team dolled up for Halloween in their best Star Wars finery.
Bunned up behind the ears in her unflattering wig, Meredith Vieira was Princess Leia, Matt Lauer was a grounded Luke Skywalker, Al Roker came on as Han Solo while Ann Curry breathed heavily as Darth Vader. Natalie Morales dropped in as Padmé Amidala, and Hoda was Yoda (Hoda Kotb, that is). Kathie Lee Gifford went heavy metal, as C-3PO.
Dressing up in elaborate costumes has become a tradition on the NBC morning show. As for this year's retro theme, in a season when The Twilight Saga is all the rage, chalk it up to the current Stars Wars: In Concert show that is touring the country.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 10/07/2009 09:10AM
While a sex scandal brews at rival CBS over a certain late-night host, NBC has some skeletons in this closet that the network seems to be voluntarily exposing on its own.
Jay Leno on Tuesday night added a brief post-script to a Today show segment earlier in the day about mentoring. As a result, a shocking secret about Meredith Vieira's early career came to light, prompting a sharp observation on Wednesday's Today show from her cohort Al Roker that even seemed to shock the good-natured Vieira and the always-stoic Ann Curry.
A good way to start the day with a smile, gang.
– Stephen M. Silverman
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