Stephen talks to Meredith Vieira, host and executive producer of "The Meredith Vieira Show." watch
It's hard to say no to Meredith Vieira. While putting together her new daytime show, NBCUniversal executives let the host pick her executive producer, sidekick, band — even the furniture on her set (a tatty, pet-ravaged couch from her Westchester, New York, home). Perhaps the "suits" — as Vieira calls them — are aware that she is one of the rare TV talents who is not afraid to walk away from it all.
After becoming, at age 35 in 1989, the youngest correspondent ever hired by 60 Minutes, she left the prestigious CBS newsmagazine two years later to have her second child when then-executive producer Don Hewitt refused her request to work part-time. Her very public decision sparked a national conversation on the challenges for women who balance motherhood and career. After an Emmy award-winning stint on the ABC newsmagazine Turning Point, she changed course, becoming a founding panelist on the daytime coffee klatch The View in 1997.read more
Barbara Walters was welcomed to her last episode of The View as co-host with a standing ovation, but the show quickly kicked into high-gear with the arrival of the first of many surprise guests: Hillary Clinton.
As soon as Clinton sat down, a shocked Walters told the former First Lady, "You know what? You look terrific here. Why don't you take my place on the show? People won't be asking you what you're doing next all the time."read more