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.
Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer
A forthcoming book about newswomen Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour hints that there may be something more than a professional rivalry between Couric and Sawyer.
In The News Sorority, which will be released on September 30, author Sheila Weller alleges that Couric once made a snarky comment about Sawyer, implying that the ABC World News anchor trades sex for stories.
There's another Today show baby on the way!
Correspondent Jenna Wolfe announced on Friday's show that she and her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, are expecting their second child. Fittingly, she revealed the news during a segment on creative baby announcements.
Siri Pinter, Carson Daly
Carson Daly and his fiancée, Siri Pinter, are proud parents to a baby girl.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Forget about Peter Pan. Kathie Lee Gifford has written a Today show musical that will air live sometime this year.
Our top moments of the week:
10. Worst Coping Mechanism: On Switched at Birth, John tries to cheer up Daphne and Bay by planning an impromptu trip to Chicago, where Daphne meets a student who invites her to a pre-med mixer. Before they go, she asks if they can get any marijuana. The pothead next door doesn't have ...
This week, Pippa Middleton gave her first televised interview on theToday show, and Funny or Die threw a surprise birthday party for America in honor of the Fourth of July. Jimmy Kimmel exposed bandwagon fans who were rooting for the U.S. in the World Cup, and also rewrote the lyrics to Trey Songz' "Na Na" so that old people could understand them. Chris Rock hosted the BET Awards, where he showed a video of himself interviewing white people at a monster truck rally about the show. Also, Showtime debuted the trailer for Season 2 of Masters of Sex, and Hulu geared up for the premiere of its original series The Hotwives of Orlando.
Matt Lauer, Pippa Middleton
Pippa Middleton recently sat down with the Today show's Matt Lauer for her first TV interview. Their chat will air in two parts on Today on Monday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 1.
NBC has ordered a new series from Bear Grylls, in which the survivalist will take celebrities to remote locations around the world and test their mettle for 48 hours.
NBC decided it's better for the Today show to be in second place with Matt Lauer than without him.
After surviving an ugly media pile on over the messy departure of Ann Curry from Today and the program's fall from first place, he's signed on to remain co-anchor for a few more years. The extension, which comes months before...