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Friday
Jun222012

Report: NBC Made Offer to Meredith Vieira to Replace Ann Curry

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Ann Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as co-anchor of NBC's Today show.  If the network had its way, it reportedly would've hired Vieira this month to replace Curry.

TMZ.com reports NBC offered Vieira a "big contract" about two weeks ago to take over for Curry, who is rumored to be close to losing her current gig on the Today show.  The website says Vieira rejected the deal because she is not interested in returning to the program.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that NBC executives have been engaged in talks with Curry to reassign her to another position.  Current Today show personality Savannah Guthrie reportedly is among the potential replacements for Curry.

Coincidentally, Curry appears on the cover of the August issue of Ladies' Home Journal, and she tells the magazine, "I've been at Today for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20."

In regards to the Today show's neck-and-neck ratings battle with ABC's Good Morning America, Curry says, "It's hard not to take it personally.  You worry, Am I not good enough?  Am I not what people need?  Am I asking the right questions?  When people say negative things or speculate, you can't help but feel hurt."

The interview was conducted before the New York Times report was published.

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Thursday
Jun092011

Meredith Vieira Says Goodbye to 'Today'

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday was Meredith Vieira's last day on Today.

She bid farewell to the NBC morning news program after five years during what turned out to be an over-the-top celebration. Joined by colleagues Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, and Al Roker, as well as other NBC personalities such as Jimmy Fallon, she danced through the studio and outside to New York's Rockefeller Plaza to the sounds of Journey's anthem "Don't Stop Believin'."

Vieira said, "It's such a family and it's really hard to leave a family, so I'm not going to say goodbye at all."

Before the big musical number, Vieira was treated to a live performance by Carole King of "You've Got a Friend."  She also received special messages from Jack Black, Jay Leno, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

The 57-year-old Vieira replaced Katie Couric as co-anchor of the Today show in 2006.  She's stepped down in order to spend more time with her family, including her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.  Curry has been promoted to Vieira's position, with Today correspondent Natalie Morales taking over newsreader duties from Curry.

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Monday
May092011

Meredith Vieira Leaving NBC's 'Today' Show

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira confirmed Monday what had been rumored for the last few weeks: she's leaving NBC's Today show to spend more time with her family.

"After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I've decided to leave Today, in June," Vieira said on Monday’s show.

"I'm really sad because...for the past 10 years this has been my second home."

Vieira replaced Katie Couric as anchor five years ago when Couric left NBC to anchor the CBS Evening News.

NBC wasted no time in naming Ann Curry the program's new co-host. Natalie Morales will replace Curry as the show's news reader.

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Friday
Apr292011

Report: Meredith Vieira Leaving 'Today' Show in June

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira could take a cue from her Today show predecessor, Katie Couric, and leave her job in the near future.

The Hollywood Reporter is apparently confirming earlier rumors, saying Vieira will depart NBC's Today show in June, nearly three months before her contract expires.  The publication's website reports Today newsreader Ann Curry will replace Vieira as co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer, while Today correspondent Natalie Morales will be named to Curry's current position.

Previously, The Hollywood Reporter said Vieira, who joined Today in 2006, would exit the program to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Couric earlier this week announced she'll step down as CBS Evening News anchorwoman by early June.  Matt Lauer is rumored to be considering leaving the Today show at the end of next year, though he downplayed the reports during an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week.

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Friday
Apr222011

'Today' Producer Addresses Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer Rumors

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The executive producer of NBC's Today show is hoping that Meredith Vieira will stay on as co-host of the program beyond this year.

Multiple reports have claimed Vieira may leave the Today show once her contract expires in September.  However, executive producer Jim Bell says both sides are "still talking."

He told The Hollywood Reporter, "We think she's fantastic and hope we'll have her with us."

Bell said Vieira has not yet informed him if she's made a decision on whether to remain or depart.

Bell was more dismissive of another report stating that Matt Lauer has told his bosses he'll move on from the show when his contract expires at the end of 2012.  Bell said Lauer has not made any such comments to him.

He added, "When we're talking about something that is almost two years away, it's silly speculation.  I think it's great that the show can generate this much attention and passion out there but we're fortunate that so much of it has been wrong and misguided."

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