Meredith Vieira is making her way back to daytime TV with a new national syndicated talk show. She will launch "The Meredith Vieira Show" with NBC Universal, serving as the host as well as executive producer on the show, which is set to premiere in the fall of 2014.
"As a journalist on 'Today' and '60 Minutes', I learned how to really listen to people and help give them a voice," she says in a statement. "On 'The View', I unleashed my own opinionated self and discovered the empowerment that comes with sometimes heated, but always respectful, discussion."
She continues, "And on 'Millionaire', I relished the joy of changing people's lives while having pure fun. All of these experiences, along with being a wife and mom, have led me here because they all share one common denominator ... this fundamental need we have to connect with and find inspiration in each other."
She goes on crediting her family for supporting her, "Each day, I hope to accomplish what I call the three H's: Heat, Heart and Humor. And speaking of the heart, I want to thank my husband, Richard, and kids, Ben, Gabe and Lily for strongly encouraging me to take this incredible opportunity... or else they really just want to get me out of the house."
NBC broadcasting chairman Ted Harbert adds, "All of us at NBCU are so excited about this new show with Meredith. She creates an instant connection with audiences with her smart, quick-witted and down-to-earth style. This entertaining and substantive show will be a great way to reach her loyal daytime fans as well as new ones who will discover why Meredith is one of America's most loved television personalities."
"The Meredith Vieira Show" will be taped in New York City on a set that resembles Vieira's home. According to a release, the show will feature segments that include "daytime fun" such as "feel-good human interest stories," "celebrity guests who have an important story to tell," and "lifestyle segments and key topics that highlight Vieira's warm, relatable and distinctive personality."
Vieira co-hosted "Today" along with Matt Lauer from 2006 until her exit in 2011, but remains a special correspondent for NBC News following her departure. She was previously a moderator and co-host on "The View" and currently hosts the syndicated version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".