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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

It just gets more stupid by the day

Meredith Vieira, co-host of "The View," a talk show on ABC.

NBC Is Poised to Hire Couric's Replacement

Published: April 5, 2006

As CBS nears a deal to make Katie Couric the next anchor of its evening news program, NBC has nearly concluded an agreement with Meredith Vieira of ABC to replace Ms. Couric as co-host of the "Today" show, said a person who has been officially briefed on the negotiations.

Under the terms of the deal, which was expected to be resolved by week's end, Ms. Vieira would sign a four-year contract worth at least $10 million a year and would take up her morning assignment on NBC just after Labor Day, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversations were continuing.

While Ms. Vieira would leave her position as co-host of the talk show "The View" on ABC when her contract ends this summer, she and NBC have yet to resolve whether she would fulfill the two years that remain on her contract to be the host of the syndicated game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." That program is produced partly by Buena Vista Television, which, like ABC, is owned by the Walt Disney Company.

The person with knowledge of the negotiations said that NBC had not ruled out permitting Ms. Vieira to begin her duties on "Today" while still continuing as host of "Millionaire."

Though the individual with knowledge of the negotiations said that there was a "strong possibility" that an agreement with Ms. Vieira would be struck over the next few days, no announcement is considered imminent, at least not before Ms. Couric discloses her own plans.

Ms. Vieira's agent, Michael Glantz, did not immediately respond to a message left yesterday afternoon at his office. A "Today" show spokeswoman, Lauren Kapp, said she had no comment.

Ok, so what does it say that both Ann Curry and Natalie Morales, as well as Campbell Brown were all passed over for Meredith Viera? Did she exhibit some special talent on the View that I missed? Well, not attacking your cohosts is a skill. But come on, Curry has filled in for years and now she gets tossed aside for Star Jones's foil. I've always been a Curry fan, myself.

I don't get this. Katie Couric to embarass herself and CBS, Meredith Viera, who, at best can be described as .......ok, and this is progress?

posted by Steve @ 12:07:00 AM

12:07:00 AM

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