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Meredith Vieira may exit NBC's 'Today' in September

April 5, 2011 |  3:59 pm

Meredithvieira Meredith Vieira may be ready to hit the snooze button on "Today."

Vieira, the NBC morning show's co-host for the past five years, is leaning toward exiting the program when her contract expires in September, according to a source familiar with the situation. Vieira, 57, is said to be tired of the morning grind and also wants to spend more time with her husband, TV news producer Richard M. Cohen, who has battled cancer and multiple sclerosis.

An NBC spokeswoman offered a statement: "The 'Today' show anchors are currently under contract and firmly in place."

Vieira's desire to leave has been a badly kept secret for months, but on Tuesday the Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide both delivered stories about her potential exit. The co-hosting spot opposite Matt Lauer is likely to touch off a scramble, with leading candidates including "Today" news anchor Ann Curry and CNBC's Erin Burnett.


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Photo: Meredith Vieira interviewing Michael Buble on "Today." Credit: NBC.