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Originally posted 06/08/2011 06:00AM
The departing host has fond memories from the morning show
Originally posted 06/08/2011 08:55AM
It was an emotional farewell fit for a best friend, which is exactly what it was.
Meredith Vieira ended her five-year run as the Today show co-anchor surrounded not only by colleagues Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Ann Curry (who will follow Vieira into the co-host chair), but also by husband Richard Cohen and family dog Jasper, as well as fans in the throng outside Rockefeller Center's Studio 1A.
As the two-hour send-off progressed – broken up by other news stories – highlight clips were shown, including her singing along with Julie Andrews and the movie cast of The Sound of Music, her asking Madonna why she showed up so late to the studio ("The hair," explained the singer"), and her offering to polish Colin Firth's Oscar.
And there were snippets showing her travels on behalf of the show and the personal touches she brought to covering stories (especially where children were concerned), to say nothing of the hugs from her interview subjects. And those smiles.
Originally posted 06/02/2011 09:00AM
After Meredith Vieira announced that she was leaving the Today show last month, tabloids began buzzing that she was planning to spend her days caring for her husband, journalist Richard Cohen, who has multiple sclerosis.
Not so, the TV anchor tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.
"It was being distorted, because it looked better to make it, 'Poor Meredith, she triumphs through it all,' but that wasn't the case," says Vieira, 57. Her husband, 67, would agree.
His reaction to the rumor? "Richard said, 'What is this? You never tend to me! You won’t even get me a cup of coffee!' " jokes Vieira. "I said, 'I know! This scam is working!' But enough gets to be enough."
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."
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