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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 in White
(Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)

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.