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Michael and Paige on 'Millionaire' to Raise Money for 'Extreme Makeover' Family (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 2:00AM
Meredith Vieira, 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'As a fun way to raise money for the soup kitchen run by the family selected on this week's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (Fri., 8PM ET on ABC), the show hooked up with Meredith Vieira and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

Michael and Paige from the design team headed on over to the set where they took part in the popular game show to raise money for the family's organization. And in a fun reveal for the family, Vieira framed their earnings in the form of a 'Millionaire' question for the family.

"How did Michael and Paige do while playing on Millionaire?" she asked them. The answer was a very impressive $100,000 raised, so not only do the Dunnings get a new house to call home, but a nice investment in their charity work as well.

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Al Roker Explains How They Kept Meredith Vieira's Farewell Flash Mob Secret (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2011 4:55PM
Al Roker talks about Meredith Vieira's farewell show on 'Access Hollywood Live'Meredith Vieira has seen her share of pranks and surprises on 'Today,' not the least of which was Wednesday's farewell flash mob for her last day on the show. It included a crowd of people singing Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing,' with assists from Abe Vigoda and Jimmy Fallon. Wednesday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), Al Roker talked about how they were able to surprise Vieira with such a big production.

"The great thing is, Meredith usually comes in drunk," Roker deadpanned, "so it's not really that hard to get much by on her." Kidding aside, Roker said Vieira didn't get a copy of the rundown for that morning's show, so she knew something was going on but it would have been hard to guess exactly what.

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Meredith Vieira Gets Lip-Dub 'Don't Stop Believing' Send-Off on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2011 12:45PM
Meredith Vieira's farewell flash mob on 'Today'Matt Lauer sitting at a piano lip-synching Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' would be an odd sight on your average edition of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). Even stranger? Abe Vigoda waiting in the green room to hug Meredith Vieira, also dancing, kind of, to Journey. That was just for starters Wednesday as a mix of 'Today' staff members and celebrities got together to give Vieira a farewell lip-dub send-off on her last day.

Everyone wore a T-shirt with their first name, then a symbol, and then "Meredith" emblazoned on the front. Vieira was led through the studio and eventually out into the street by Ann Curry, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at different points. Jimmy Fallon showed up to mime the guitar solo on a Fender Stratocaster while leading the parade.

It all ended with a large group of people in the street singing to Vieira as Vigoda embraced her. It was obviously a surprise for Vieira, who cried and laughed the whole way through. And Vigoda looked pretty nimble, too.

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Meredith Vieira Bids Emotional Farewell on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2011 12:05PM
Meredith Vieira says goodbye to 'Today'Meredith Vieira's departure from 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) has been planned since at least the beginning of May, when she officially announced she was leaving the show after five years as host. But that didn't make it any easier for Vieira and the gang Wednesday as she signed off on her final show. She choked up as she watched a compilation of clips from her time on 'Today.'

"It's hard to leave your other family, and that's what I'm doing," she said over clips of her interviewing celebrities like Russell Brand and Jerry Seinfeld and taking part in crazy stunts like riding down a hill in a giant bubble. "It's so humbling about the power of this show to really reach people, and it's such a blessing to have had that ability," she said after the retrospective, fighting back tears. "I am so honored to have sat with all of you."

Then things got even more emotional, as everyone reached in and held hands, and Vieira gave Matt Lauer a farewell kiss on the cheek.

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Meredith Vieira's Most Memorable 'Today Show' Moments (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 7th 2011 12:15PM
Tomorrow is Meredith Vieira's last day co-anchoring 'The Today Show,' but after five years of fun with Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and the rest of the 'Today' gang, they won't let her leave without a big goodbye.

This morning, each of her fellow 'Today' reporters shared their favorite moments with Meredith, including travel, some flubs and producer Meredith trying to wrangle Hoda and Kathie Lee.

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Lauer, her co-anchor, said it best: "You don't take yourself too seriously -- you never have. You're willing to laugh with a lot of other people, but also at yourself. And I think that's been a terrific quality to have."

But the walk down memory lane got Vieira a little choked up. "For me, it's just being with all of you ... and I get excited every day," she said, tearing up. "This is the best job -- it really is -- and I'm really gonna miss it."

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Meredith Vieira Says Matt Lauer's 'Deal' Is Dried Up, Has Been on 'Today' Too Long (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 7th 2011 10:00AM
Meredith Vieira, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Meredith Vieira says good-bye to 'Today' this week, but before she left she went on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) to disparage her co-host Matt Lauer.

When David Letterman asked how long Lauer had been there, Vieira responded, "Too long, really. Too long. Talk about the 'deal' is dried up, you know?"

She may not have realized how disparaging she was being, though. Earlier in the night, Letterman had used the term "deal" in reference to Rep. Anthony Wiener's crotch.

"Matt's great," she tried to cover. "I adore Matt."

"I heard his 'deal' dried up," Letterman laughed. Vieira wasn't going to get out of this one too easily.

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Barbara Walters Would Take Meredith Vieira Back on 'The View'

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 5th 2011 10:00AM
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Come next Wednesday, the great Meredith Vieira will be saying goodbye to NBC's 'Today' show -- but the longtime morning show staple could be back on TV very soon.

"Barbara [Walters] adores Meredith and would welcome her back on 'The View' in a second," a 'View' insider told PopEater's Rob Shuter. "Meredith returning home would be a great ratings boost and Barbara likes nothing better than ratings success even if it means asking one of the regular women to have a less active role."

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Meredith Vieira Talks About Her People Magazine Cover and Leaving 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 1st 2011 1:45PM
Meredith Vieira talks about her People cover story on 'Today'People magazine has an exclusive interview and photo shoot with Meredith Vieira this week covering her family life and decision to leave 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). Ann Curry asked her about it on Wednesday morning's show, complimenting her on the photos and asking Vieira about the discussion between her and her husband Richard in the interview about leaving the show.

"It was very much a family decision," said Vieira. "It had to do with the fact that, you know, right now we're both in good health and want to enjoy ourselves and have a little more flexibility in our lives. But it's still, it's one week from today, and my heart's breaking here, too."

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Matt Lauer Compares Mischievous, Past-Its-Prime Blended Wine to Meredith Vieira (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 31st 2011 12:45PM
Wine blending on 'Today'The whole crew got involved in something called "wine blending" this morning on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), a practice of finding complimentary spirits to mix and drink. Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry and Al Roker took a trip out to a Sonoma winery to try their hands at mixing, measuring and swirling wines together.

Lauer assessed his blend by comparing it to Vieira. "It's open, it's generous, slightly past its prime, but with a hint of mischief," said Lauer. Then he saved himself, adding, "and very satisfying."

Back in the studio, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, and food author Gary Vaynerchuk gave their own opinions on the anchor's creations. Vaynerchuk wouldn't buy the blends. Gifford and Kotb, not surprisingly, found a couple of them to their liking.

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Meredith Vieira Pranked Twice, One With a 'Nude Picture,' on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 5:15AM
Meredith Vieira, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Meredith Vieira had a tough time on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). First, she had to deal with a video prank of sorts from Matt Lauer. In it, he apparently laid out her morning routine, which involved grunting from the bathroom that she was changing in, just before a toilet flushed.

The closing moment was absolutely brilliant when he lifted and sprayed an air freshener can while asking, "Changing? Really?"

If that wasn't bad enough, she should have maybe reconsidered sticking around for Demetri Martin. The comedian came out and showed Jay Leno a photo he said somebody sent him of Vieira vacationing in France. It was an obvious transplant of Vieira's head on a naked body coming out of the ocean, but it must have been convincing enough for Leno, who confiscated it.

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Meredith Vieira Likes James Durbin's Tail (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 17th 2011 1:40PM
James Durbin on 'Today'James Durbin said on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) that he felt he was voted off 'American Idol' at the right time. Many were disappointed to see Durbin go, and though he admitted he was blindsided, he said he felt he'd had a "perfect night" during the competition round, and "I really felt like it was kind of my time to go." He got a bit more consolation from Meredith Vieira on today's show.

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noted that this was the first time Vieira had ever said she "liked his tail." Ann Curry then picked up and shook a bushy, furry tail Durbin wears attached to his belt and said that's what Vieira was referring to. "No, I actually wasn't talking about that," Vieira said, to the mock embarrassment of all involved.

Vieira felt it was an injustice when Durbin was voted off. Vieira is also leaving 'Today' soon. Perhaps they should launch their own talk show, 'Meredith and the Fox.'

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Will Ferrell Bids a Fond Farewell to Meredith Vieira (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 12th 2011 2:30PM
Will Ferrell Bids a Fond Farewell to Meredith Vieira on 'Today'On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Will Ferrell bid a fond farewell to Meredith Vieira, who's set to leave the morning show next month. But before he did so, the two reminisced about a 'Today' segment in 2007 where he dropped her while ice skating.

"I just want to say, you're welcome," said Ferrell.

"You know, Will, my lawyer has been trying to get in touch with you ever since then and you keep changing your phone number. What is that about?" asked Vieira.

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Meredith Vieira Announces Departure From 'Today' Show (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 9th 2011 10:30AM
Meredith Vieira Confirms Departure From 'Today' ShowMeredith Vieira confirmed her departure from 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) this morning. While choking back tears, Vieira formally announced her decision and said she'll be leaving the show next month.

"It's a difficult day for me," said Vieira, her voice thick with emotion. "I'm going to try to hold myself together here. But, after months of personal reflection and personal conversations between my family, my friends, I've decided to leave 'Today' in June."

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Meredith Vieira Announces Her Departure from 'Today'

by PopEater Staff, posted May 9th 2011 8:30AM
Meredith VieiraAfter weeks of speculation, Meredith Vieira announced this morning that she is leaving 'Today' 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," she said, sitting next to Matt Lauer and Al Roker.

Vieira, who has co-hosted the show with Lauer for the past five years, said she has decided to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and their three children.

Ann Curry will take over Vieira's chair, and NBC correspondent Natalie Morales will take over Curry's news desk position.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Attack Meredith Vieira With Pillows on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 6th 2011 11:30AM
Kathie Lee and Hoda Attack Meredith Vieira With Pillows on 'Today'Chaos reigned as Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb engaged in a pillow fight to promote an upcoming pajama party episode of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC). Even Meredith Vieira became a seemingly unwilling participant in their antics.

While feathers filled the air, Gifford swung her pillow hard at Kotb, losing her footing and falling to the ground.

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