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It finally arrived. A week after Katie Couric debuted to mixed reviews on the CBS Evening News, her replacement greeted morning viewers on the Today show.

Yes, those who tuned their TVs to NBC yesterday before work glimpsed Meredith Vieira in the co-host chair. She seemed comfortable right away, remarking on how nice it was to be "sitting next to the cutest guy."

Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer

Of course, President Bush's crush, Matt Lauer, returned the compliment and said he hasn't been as excited to come to work since the day after former co-host Bryant Gumbel announced he was leaving.

Vieira then bonded with another member of the team, telling Al Roker she used to have a hamster named "Al." We guess that's flattering.

Overall, it was a relaxed performance. Similar to how Paris Hilton must feel every time she's bent over in front of a guy. It's like she's been there before.

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There's one big debut remaining.

Rosie O'Donnell opened to strong numbers on The View.

Meredith Vieira Last Day

Katie Couric made a major, Suri-inspired impression on the CBS Evening News.

Now, Meredith Vieira is preparing to make a splash when she first greets sleepy-eyed viewers on the Today show Wednesay.

While stating that she's yet to view O'Donnell on her former show, Vieira did say producers on Today made their "biggest mistake" when they asked her to bring some "personality" to the show.

Vieira and her soon-to-be, well-sculpted co-host, Matt Lauer, did a run-through yesterday of their show. Afterward, Meredith told reporters it would be a challenge for her to keep her famously sharp wit â€" which she could flex on The View with few repercussions â€" in check early in the mornings.

"I want to be careful I don't go out there and just go," said Vieira. "That mouth - I have to rein it in a little bit. On the other hand, they asked for personality. It was the biggest mistake they made."

Viera was gonna call Mel Gibson for lessons on how to rein in your mouth - but then realized what an awful idea that would be.

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Despite leaving the show on her own accord, Meredith Vieira isn't going quietly. She had a few harsh words for The View in a recent interview with Time magazine.

Referring to the ABC gabfest as "hard to watch," and that she got "blasé" about it after nine years, Vieira even said the current version "sort of became a joke" after she left.

Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer

Wow. Meredith seems to have a higher impression of herself than Paris Hilton. Okay, sorry, that's not possible.

We can't wait to see what Barbara, Joy, Elisabeth and new panelist Rosie O'Donnell have to say about the comments when they return to the studio next week.

The new co-host of Today will be sitting next to hunk, Matt Lauer. She also said she hasn't watched her old show at all since she took off, except for the day after Star Jones announced she was "leaving." Even though the show has been garnering stellar ratings, Vieira says she thinks it's "very sad" what's happened to it.

"I'm proud of the work we did there, but it's not a good time in the history of the show," says Meredith. "It's hard to watch."

Vieira also complained about the hours of her new job, stating she's "not somebody who loves getting up at 4 in the morning." This, of course, makes her very different from the rest of the world.

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It may not be a feud of Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan proportions, but you can feel the heat radiating off the images below.

Never before in the history of morning talk shows and network news telecasts has a rivalry been seen the likes of Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira. As the latter replaces the former on the Today show, only viewers can make the important decision:

  • Couric Pic
  • Meredith Vieira Last Day

Who would you prefer to wake up to?

Meredith Vieira Biography

Meredith Vieira Red Carpet Pic Meredith Vieira is now a host on Today. She used to be on ABC's The View. More »
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