Matt Lauer's Exes Will Compete For His Attention With Dueling Talk Shows on Dueling Networks
Viera is in the process of filming a pilot for an NBC daytime talk show. It was reported several months ago that Viera was in talks to host such a show, but she is now moving forward and actually shooting a pilot episode for the show, US Weekly reports. The show has not been officially picked up, but if and when it is (and of course it will be, it's Meredith Viera, people) it could put her in direct competition with Couric, whose talk show is produced by ABC.
A Viera/Couric competition could be very interesting to watch unfold. The two have similar backgrounds, both served as co-hosts of Today opposite Matt Lauer, but bring very different things to the table anchor desk. Couric is the high school homecoming queen. All sunshine and rainbows, she always knows the answer to the teacher's question, but she's also willing to help out a fellow classmate. She's the girl everyone knows. Viera, on the other hand, is the cool girl. You can find her smoking cigarettes in the bathroom between classes and spiking the punch bowl at prom. She's the girl everyone wants to know.
Since leaving Today, Meredith Viera has stayed busy, serving as a contributor at Dateline NBC and Rock Center With Brian Williams, as well as filling in for Kathie Lee Gifford sometimes on Today's fourth hour of wine and secrets. She has also been the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, a job which she is leaving soon. Announcing her departure from the game show, Viera's statement read:
"I am about to embark on a new adventure with NBC, and I have a digital venture which will be announced shortly. This just seemed like the right time to make the move."
Best of luck to both Couric and Viera. And remember, no fighting in the cafeteria.