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Son Surprises Meredith Vieira on Mother's Day Special

5/11/2015 10:39am EDT
Meredith Vieira Tears Up When Mystery Guest Appears On Her Show
Meredith Vieira had a Mother's Day weekend to remember on Friday after a surprise guest on her talk show turned out to be her son. During an episode of the "Meredith Vieira Show," a mystery guest stood backstage, and the host had to guess who it was.

The guest, her son Gabe Cohen, disguised his voice and dropped some hints about his identity. "I saw you at this year's Super Bowl and you might say you actually gave me my start," he said. "I've known your husband for more than 20 years."

Vieira asked, "Are you a reporter?" before proclaiming, "Are you Gabe?"

Upon the reveal, Vieira teared ...

12 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal's Cable TCA Press Tour

7/16/2014 9:39am EDT
12 Things We Learned From NBCUniversal's Cable TCA Press Tour
Summer is here, and that means it's also time for the Summer TCA Press Tour, when TV networks to show off their latest slew of shows to a crowd of film critics.

But the days are long and stuffed with television. Hours upon hours, days upon days. A lot of TV. So for convenience's sake, we've shortened things down to only the most important parts of each presentation- this time, from NBCUniversal, and all the many cable channels currently in their employ.

12. "Mr. Robot" is the Real Title of a Real Pilot on USA

USA was quick to announce two new pilots it had just ordered. One, "Complicatio...

Meredith Vieira Hosts 'A White House Christmas: First Families Remember' Tonight On NBC

12/20/2012 10:15am EST
Meredith Vieira
Tonight Meredith Vieira hosts a special look at Christmases past and present in the White House.

First Families from the last four decades share holiday memories from their time in office, including First Lady Michelle Obama. Vieira goes behind the scenes with White House staff as they prepare for the 2012 holiday season and thousands of visitors each day.

The special also features former First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Rosalynn Carter and their children.

"A White House Christmas: First Families Remember" airs Thursday, December 20 on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET) with an ...

Ann Curry's Tearful Goodbye On 'Today'

6/28/2012 5:07pm EDT
Ann Curry
Ann Curry gave a tearful goodbye this morning on her last episode of Today, putting an end to 15 years of appearing on the show.

Her departure comes after a ratings drop that saw ABC's rival Good Morning America match its numbers after years of NBC domination. Curry was promoted to replace Meredith Vieira as co-anchor to Matt Lauer last year.

"This is now how I expected to leave this couch after 15 years, but I am so grateful," said Curry during a five minute segment focused on her departure. "I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line."

Ann tried to hold back tears and kee...

Regis Philbin & Kathie Lee Gifford May Reunite On 'Today'

6/27/2012 8:23am EDT
Regis Philbin
Rumors are swirling that former co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford may reunite for a special appearance on NBC's "Today" in order to distract viewers from certain other issues with the morning show.

The idea is to reportedly deflect attention from Ann Curry's certain departure. Since Curry took over from Meredith Vieira ratings have dropped, and many have complained about her lack of chemistry with co-host Matt Lauer.

Curry is expected to take home at least $10 million per a contract she signed last year. Reportedly, Curry is holding out for $20 million as she's only one year i...

Inside The Shocking Defense Of Accused Killer Casey Anthony

6/5/2011 12:00pm EDT
Nearly three years after little Caylee Anthony first disappeared, the case is finally being tried in Florida, kicking off with dramatic opening arguments that offered more twists and shifting allegiances than an entire season of Law & Order. This week's issue of PEOPLE looks inside the bombshell defense of Casey Anthony, who is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee in June 2008.

Thirty days elapsed before anyone reported the disappearance of Caylee. This staggering number has always stood as one of the many dark secrets at the heart of the murder case against Caylee's mothe...

Will Katie Couric And Matt Lauer Reunite?

4/12/2011 11:30am EDT
Katie Couric And Matt Lauer
Fans of the ‘Today’ show of yesteryear might be having a cow right about now, as Bart Simpson would say.

Word on the street – or at least in the New York Times – is that Katie Couric and Matt Lauer might reunite for a syndicated talk show in a year or two.

That’s a big maybe, but surely syndicators’ mouths are watering at the thought. It’s widely known Katie Couric is unlikely to renew her contract with CBS News for her anchor job when her five-year contract expires this summer. ‘Today’ host Lauer is said to be mulling a departure from that program at the end of his contract in December...

Russell Brand Warms Up Chilly Fans In NYC

2/16/2011 2:32pm EST
Russell Brand
Russell Brand warmed up fans in chilly New York City on Wednesday by dispensing hugs and kisses on live TV.

The British funnyman put in an appearance on the "Today Show" to promote his upcoming animated Easter movie "Hop."

After an interview in the studio, Brand and the show's hosts moved outside at Rockefeller Plaza to continue filming - and chivalrous Brand offered to warm up female fans watching the shoot.

He first hugged presenter Meredith Vieira after asking her, "Are you chilly, darling? Give us a cuddle", before approaching the stunned crowd and embracing them too.

Weather presen...

Michael Douglas Wins Cancer Battle

1/10/2011 8:10pm EST
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas has battled cancer and won.

The movie veteran will reveal all in a candid chat he has recorded for The Today show, which will air on Tuesday morning.

The actor reveals he's feeling "good" and "relieved" after his six-month fight with stage four throat cancer.

He says, "The tumor is gone, but I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain... I think the odds are, with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer, I've got it beat... It'll take a couple of months of getting checked out."

Douglas reveals he's lost 32 pounds and now he's endeav...

Kate Gosselin: 'My Kids Were Not Expelled From School'

12/1/2010 7:00pm EST
Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin has denied reports that two of her children were expelled from school, and that the kids did not leave because of bullying or violence with other students.

She told Meredith Vieira on NBC's Today Show, "They were not expelled from school. We have a situation where the kids are in an academically-excelling school where academics are pushed, and I fully support it, combined with kids who having just gone through a divorce are suffering normal feelings and the two collided, and they just were not doing well with the combination.

"They were having anger issues, acting out, hav...

NBC Kicks Off The 84th Annual 'Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade'

11/24/2010 1:19pm EST
The live broadcast for NBC's 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, co-hosted by "Today's" Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, along with Al Roker, will air tomorrow on NBC from 9:00 a.m. until noon in all time zones. The parade is one of the nation's most memorable and cherished spectacles and will feature some of today's brightest stars.

"Kylie Minogue is coming aboard. Victoria Justice is going to be on our Build-A-Bear Workshop float. Jessica Simpson is here this year. Joan Rivers is playing the Snow Queen. I want you to know this is something a lot of people wanted, she’s going to b...

NBC 'Today Show' Hosts Dress Up As Lady Gaga And Justin Bieber For Halloween! (Video)

10/29/2010 4:00pm EDT
NBC Today Show Halloween
We're always looking forward to see what the Today show hosts are going to wear for their annual Halloween show. Last year the cast wore fantastic Star Wars costumes, but this time around they went for a pop music feel, with a few classics as well.

Meredith Vieira dressed up in Lady Gaga's pink hoop dress for a performance as the star, and Natalie Morales put on Justin Bieber garb for a second song! Matt Lauer dressed up as Clark Kent, then transformed into Al Roker in a Superman costume. Megamind stars Will Ferrell and Tina Fey showed up as their characters from the movie with Roker and...

Miranda Cosgrove Makes Her Live TV Debut On 'The Today Show' (Pics)

9/7/2010 9:45pm EDT
Miranda Cosgrove
Miranda Cosgrove performed in concert on NBC's "Today Show" on Monday. This was the "iCarly" star's live TV debut. She had a little bit of a punk vibe with a mostly black outfit, which included platform boots, a leather and sequined jacket and ruffled purple and black skirt.

Miranda's debut CD "Sparks Fly" is in stores now and features her smash hit single "Kissin U."

An all-new episode of "iCarly," "iSam's Mom," is set to premiere Saturday, Sept. 11, and features a very special guest appearance by Jane Lynch as Sam Puckett's (Jennette McCurdy) mother.


Miranda Cosgrove To Make Live TV Debut On Labor Day 'Today Show'

9/3/2010 6:00pm EDT
Miranda Cosgrove
Nickelodeon and Columbia Records' star Miranda Cosgrove will make her live tv performance debut on "The Today Show" this Labor Day - and fans can win tickets to be there!

Miranda will perform three songs for a "Today Show" outdoor concert in Rockefeller Center on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, and fans in the New York City area have the chance to win VIP tickets to the concert and attend an exclusive meet & greet with Miranda. Fans who don't win free tickets are still welcome to come down and see Miranda perform, and advance fan passes are also available through the "Today Show's" web site.

Katy Perry Is All About Lollipops, Cotton Candy And Matt Lauer

8/27/2010 2:15pm EDT
Katy Perry
It was lollipops and fluffy clouds for Katy Perry in concert on NBC's "Today Show" this morning. The pop star wore a pink sequined bodysuit with a ballet skirt. Whatever dream world she's living in, we want to go there!

The singer donated free pillows and blankets to fans who camped out to see her perform in New York City.

Fans began lining up to see the singer days in advance - and she decided to thank them for their loyalty by ordering customized cushions and quilts with her name printed on them.

Our friends over at PopEater heard that Katy has a little crush on 'Today Show' host Matt...

Lady Gaga Performed On 'The Today Show'; Stopped Traffic

7/9/2010 5:20pm EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga brought traffic in her native New York City to a halt on Friday when more than 20,000 devotees crowded the streets to watch the star perform a free show in the rain.

The "Poker Face" singer took to the stage as part of The Today Show's Summer Concert Series and played a handful of songs, including her hit "Bad Romance" and new single "Alejandro."

Gaga also treated fans to a rendition of standard Someone To Watch Over Me and a new track, titled You and I, during which she writhed around on top of a grand piano in the middle of Rockefeller Center as the skies opened and the rain b...

Macy's 2009 Thanksgiving Day Parade: Meh

11/28/2009 8:51am EST
So, in the spirit of Turkey Day and all that is holy in the holiday season traditions, I got up too early to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along with an equally weary Liz Lewis. This year was pretty run of the mill.

Like all years past, NBC rolled in with semi truck filled with shameless plugs, an overload of NBC promotions, and puns corny enough to even make younger kids grimace. The route changed, to the chagrin of all those with pricey Broadway real estate who look forward to this fall classic, and the cast of Glee was glaringly absent. With NBC bringing out some real...

'Balloon Boy' And Family Speak Out On TV - Was It A Stunt? (Videos)

10/16/2009 11:14am EDT
Balloon Boy Family
Northern Colorado grabbed the nation's attention yesterday, as it appeared that a 6-year-old boy had climbed inside a floating balloon and was being carried thousands of feet above the ground. Now, the family faces tough questions as to how this happened.

Falcon Heene was not found within the balloon after it landed in a field - he was spotted in his attic, hiding from his family.

The Heene family appeared on NBC, and was questioned by Meredith Vieira:

On the Larry King show, the plot thickened. The father Richard Heene asked his son why he didn't reply to calls for him whil...

Michael Jackson Didn't Like His 'Lizard-Like' Appearance

9/28/2009 8:30am EDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was repulsed by his own appearance and hated looking at photographs of himself - comparing himself to a lizard.

In taped chats with his confidante Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Jackson explained why he covered his face in public, and hinted about his motives for undergoing extensive plastic surgery.

The late star said, "I look like a lizard, I look like, it's horrible. I don't like it, I never like it. That's why I wish I could never be photographed or seen and I push myself to go to the things that we go to. I just don't want to look old. I hate to see people grow old, Shmul...

Ryan O'Neal Talks About His Last Moments With Farrah Fawcett

7/20/2009 4:04pm EDT
Ryan O
Meredith Vieira talks to Ryan O'Neal in his first interview since the death of Farrah Fawcett. The interview will air tomorrow on the "Today" show. Read some excerpts:

MEREDITH VIEIRA: You know that I am sending you my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I'm so sorry about Farrah's passing. You said to me, a while back, Ryan, you said that she was always the rock in the relationship. The one who taught you how to cope. So how are you coping without her?

RYAN O'NEAL: Well, I'm the new rock. And-- I'm using what she taught me to-- to survive. To go on. To care for my son, Redmon...

Matt Lauer Avoids Deer, Flips Off Bicycle

3/23/2009 8:58am EDT
Matt Lauer
NEW YORK (AP) — A flip off his bicycle took "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer off the air Monday.

Lauer was riding his bicycle this weekend when a deer jumped into his path. He flipped over the bike's handlebars and was slightly hurt, NBC said.

His broadcast partner, Meredith Vieira, joked on the air that Lauer thinks the deer was hired by the competition.

"Matt's banged up with a displaced shoulder, it popped out," she said. "So hopefully he'll be on the mend soon."

Lester Holt filled in as Vieira's co-host Monday.

© 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Th...

NBC's Meredith Vieira To Interview J.K. Rowling

6/13/2007 12:02pm EDT
Meredith Vieira
In her only television interview after the highly-anticipated release of the seventh and final installment in the Harry Potter series, author J.K. Rowling will sit down with NBC's Meredith Vieira in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This exclusive interview marks the first time Rowling will talk about the worldwide reaction to the final Harry Potter volume and the much anticipated and speculated about Potter finale, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Vieira and Rowling will explore the Harry Potter phenomenon, including Rowling's notable impact on literacy, her readers, and the publishi...

Meredith Vieira, Jennifer Hudson Named Biggest Flirts

1/18/2007 10:49am EST
Jennifer Hudson
"Today" show host Meredith Vieira, Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson, and William Shatner head the list of flirts compiled by Flirtologist Jill Spiegel. These well-known flirts engage and inspire us, says Spiegel, author of "Flirting For Success" and "The Flirtologist's Guide To Dating."

"Flirting is connecting with people and life in a genuine, playful and meaningful way," says Spiegel.

Here's her flirt list:

* Meredith Vieira, uplifting "Today" host who values "fun and happiness." Flirts are down-to-earth.

* Jennifer Hudson, former American Idol contestant who wows us i...

Taylor Hicks Named Most Well Mannered of 2006; Britney Spears Is Worst

12/21/2006 9:51am EST
Taylor Hicks
Taylor Hicks, the American Idol winner who was commended for being a role model to young people, heads the list of the "Ten Best-Mannered People of 2006," as named by the National League of Junior Cotillions, an etiquette and social training program that involves thousands of young people in the United States.

The 2006 list includes:

1. Taylor Hicks -- for his example of humility and politeness.

2. Meredith Vieira -- for the warmth and kindness she extends to "Today

Show" guests.

3. Ed Bradley -- for the dignity he brought to broadcast journalism.

4. Emmitt Sm...