Former ‘Today’ Show Host Meredith Vieira: Ann Curry ‘Will Be Fine’

/ August 20, 2012

Ann Curry's Exit
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Although Ann Curry tearfully ended her 15-year run with Today in June, she needn’t worry about her future in television — so says the woman whom Curry replaced, Meredith Vieira.

“Ann will be fine,” Vieira, 58, told Celebuzz Monday while promoting the upcoming season of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.

“Ann’s fantastic. Ann is such a gifted journalist …” she said. “The thing about television that people forget is you occupy these positions for a certain amount of time and then you move on to whatever is next.”

“Ann is brilliant. She does such great work,” Vieira continued, when asked if she had any advice for Curry during her transition out of Today. “She’s starting out with a unit of her own, with her own staff, and I guarantee you’ll see a lot of Ann, for sure.

“She doesn’t need my help, and my advice. I’m gonna have dinner with her in the next couple of days. I haven’t seen her in awhile. I look forward to that. She’s a good egg.”

Curry officially became co-anchor of the NBC morning news program in June 2011 after Vieira left for personal reasons.

During her run, ratings for Today slipped significantly, to the point where the top-rated morning news program was overtaken by rival Good Morning America for the first time in over a decade.

Shortly after, on June 28, Curry announced her departure, effective immediately, for a new role with NBC News. Watch it below:

Vieira joined Today in 2006 after Katie Couric left to become the anchor of CBS Evening News. She continues to do work with NBC, which most recently included coverage of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire premieres its eleventh season on Sept. 3.

For more from our interview with Vieira, check back later in the week to see what she had to say about what’s in store for Millionaire and whether or not Matt Lauer should be worried about Ryan Seacrest.