Meredith Vieira talks about leaving 'Today' show, future at NBC (Video)
Meredith Vieira has denied that she is leaving the "Today" show to take care of her husband, who has multiple sclerosis.
In May, Vieira confirmed she would leave the "Today" show after five years, while news anchor Ann Curry will take her place as co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer. At the time, it was said that she wanted to spend more time with her three children and care for her husband, Richard, who has battled multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.
"It was being distorted, because it looked better to make it, 'Poor Meredith, she triumphs through it all,' but that wasn't the case," Vieira told People magazine. "Richard said, 'What is this? You never tend to me! You won't even get me a cup of coffee!' I said, 'I know! This scam is working!' But enough gets to be enough."
Vieira said recently that she does want to spend more time with her husband and her children, Ben, 22, who recently graduated from Stanford, Gabe, 19, and Lily, 18. Vieira told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the 36th Annual Gracie Awards Gala that she is looking forward to her future, whatever that includes.
"I'll still be doing 'Millionaire,' I love doing that," Vieira told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith. "And then I'm sort of going to let life lead me a little bit, I have a great relationship with the folks at NBC and I'm very loyal to them, so if we can figure out something there, within the family, then I will work there."
When asked if she would have a daytime talk show, Vieira said: "I don't know! I wish! Fingers crossed."
Vieira also had some advice for those trying to break into a career in journalism.
"I always have followed my heart and my gut and when I give advice to young women and men entering the business, I always say the same thing - that it's important to listen to that voice inside them, with every decision they make," she said. "It's very easy to get sucked into a job because of the so-called fame attached or the money attached, or because you just think you have to go in a certain path but life is all about getting off paths and wandering and finding your own road."
The 57-year-old television personality joined the "Today" show in 2006, replacing Katie Couric, who left to become an anchor on the "CBS Evening News."
Couric said last month she plans to leave the show and recent reports say she plans to launch her own daytime talk program, possibly on ABC, although she and the network have not confirmed this.
Additional reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).