Meredith Vieira is now a host on Today. She used to be on ABC's The View.

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Matt Lauer now has at least TWO people in his corner.

A few days after Kathie Lee Gifford expressed her support for the embattled Today anchor - even offering to run a full page ad in USA Today signed by hundreds of show staff members - Meredith Vieira has now come out and done the same.

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Asked by The New York Post whether she will read Brian Stelter’s “Top of the Morning," a book that exposes the ongoing mess at Today, the former co-host said no, adding:

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Well, this is one way for The Today Show to bolster ratings.

In preparation for an interview with Al Roker this morning, Meredith Vieira dropped her note cards coming back from commercial and expressed her irritation the way many of us might: by dropping the S bomb.

The only problem? She was on live television. HA! Watch the mishap for yourself:

In other Today news, rumors are starting to circulate: Might Willie Geist replace Matt Lauer as co-anchor?

If that goes down, we have a feeling the long-time reporter may be borrowing a word or two from Vieira's vocabulary.

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We now know of one woman who will not be replacing Ann Curry on The Today Show.

TMZ reports that NBC sources actually reached out to former host Meredith Vieira - who left the gig last year - and made her an offer to return. But the reporter rebuffed the network and there's no official word yet on who will take over for Curry.

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Of course, there's no official word yet either that Curry is out, but insiders confirm Matt Lauer requested a new co-host when he signed a new contract with the program in April.

The frontrunner appears to be Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosts the third hour of Today. But we think it should be Kim Kardashian.

Just kidding.

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The Today Show said goodbye to co-anchor Meredith Vieira this morning.

With everybody from co-host Matt Lauer to production assistants wearing custom “We Heart Meredith” t-shirts, there wasn’t a dry eye in Rockefeller Plaza.

Viewers were treated to a two-hour Vieira tribute that included highlight montages galore, sendoffs from Jack Black and Jay Leno, a performance by Carole King and a choreographed lipsynch to a certain Journey classic.

In short, if Vieira had to leave Today, it was perfect.

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Don't we all, Matt. Don't we all. You'll be missed, Meredith!


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After Meredith Vieira announced she was leaving the Today show last month, the press began buzzing that she was doing to to care for her ailing husband.

Journalist Richard Cohen, 67, has multiple sclerosis. But Vieira, 57, says that while family did prompt her exit, it wasn't sparked by this facet specifically.

"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 Meredith.

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Meredith Vieira and longtime co-host Matt Lauer.

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!'" joked Vieira this morning.

"I said, 'I know! This scam is working!' But enough gets to be enough."

In reality, she just grew wary of waking up at 2:30 a.m. to tape the NBC show much longer. Vieira decided she wanted to spend more time with her husband, whose condition has been good recently, and her three children, ages 18-22.

"We don't know from day to day what might happen," she says. "So why not enjoy life now? It's very precious, and anyone living with any kind of illness knows it. Health is fleeting, and you need to celebrate it while you still have it."


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Meredith Vieira confirmed that she will leave NBC's Today show next month.

She made the announcement on this morning's broadcast, citing a desire to spend more time with her family. Ann Curry will replace her as host.

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The turnover at TV's top-rated morning show was anticipated. Vieira replaced Katie Couric in 2006, and has talked about wanting more free time.

Ann Curry (left) will replace Meredith Vieira.

Vieira has three children and her husband, author Richard M. Cohen, has penned a best-selling book on coping with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.

"Even as I say this and I know that it's the right thing, I'm really sad," she said, fighting back emotion as she made the announcement on air.

Her co-host, Matt Lauer, said that Meredith Vieira "has brought class and dignity and talent and a joy of life to this show for the last five years."

Transitions are a bit unusual for Today, as Vieira was still the newbie among the show's "core four" that includes Lauer, Curry and Al Roker.

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President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a press conference tonight, explaining why he thinks we need a universal health care system.

But this is only the evening's second most important program.

For the first time since her life-changing performance, and subsequent breakdown, on Britain's Got Talent, Susan Boyle speaks out about her recent experiences.

In an interview with Meredith Vieira, the Scottish singer sports a short, red-shaded hair style and says her sudden fame’s “impact is a lot like a demolition ball.” Watch a preview below:

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Does Stephen Colbert use Twitter?

It was an innocent question posed by Meredith Vieira on the Today show this morning. Innocent until Colbert coined a hilarious, past-tense usage of Twitter.

You can probably figure it out, but play the video below to hear it for yourself, and listen for Vieira's reaction to his response, something to effect of "Oh, God" ...

On a related note, The Hollywood Gossip recently started its own feed and has already tw*atted hundreds of times. Follow the link to follow THG on Twitter!

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Jane Fonda may be ancient, but it looks like she could still use a good spanking and have her mouth washed out with soap!

The 70-year-old actress and political activist used a... um, vulgar word to describe a female body part on Thursday morning's Today show.

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The word, which begins with C and rhymes with punt, later prompted a statement of apology from the program's co-host, Meredith Vieira.

See for yourself. Here's a highlight reel of Jane Fonda dropping the c-word and Meredith apologizing to the program's audience afterwards ...

Here's how it went down. Jane Fonda and The Vagina Monologues playwright, Eve Ensler, were having a Valentine's Day conversation with Vieira about the 15th anniversary of Ensler's best-known work - and the 10th anniversary of "V-Day," founded by Ensler to end violence against women and girls around the world.

That's when Jane Fonda let the "c-word" slip.

"We were talking about The Vagina Monologues and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on TV," Vieira said.

"It was a slip and obviously she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience. So please accept that apology."

We understand, Jane Fonda. Sometimes, the c-word just flies out before you can control yourself. Just like the way Britney Spears often gives us a hairless crotch shot by clubbing in no pants. Give it time and this will blow over.

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You loved the use of their current and former talk shows in that headline. Admit it. Here at THG, we do more than report on Lindsay Lohan car crashes. We like to keep it interesting and diverse, which leads us to the (hot) image below:

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In an unexpected showdown of sexy talk-show gods (and goddesses), Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira go head-to-head, holding huge portraits of themselves in suggestive beach poses. Ellen DeGeneres is also in this picture, but not holding a similar shot of herself. Which is okay. She looks a little too much like Owen Wilson for our taste.

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