Meredith Vieira: "Not Surprised" by Katie Couric's CBS Departure

Entertainment Apr. 27, 2011 AT 10:40AM
Meredith Vieira: "Not Surprised" by Katie Couric's CBS Departure Credit: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic; Mike Coppola/FilmMagic

From one Today Show star to another...

When Katie Couric confirmed her departure from CBS News on Tuesday, her many admirers took it as a sign of even greater things to come -- including Meredith Vieira, who became co-anchor on the Today Show in 2006, when Couric left to anchor CBS' Evening News.

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"I only wish her the best. I just found out today," Vieira, 57, tells Us Weekly. "I'm not surprised. I'm sure it's a decision that she took a long time making. Whatever she does, she'll do it very well."

Vieira is rumored to be in the midst of career changes herself; earlier this month, it was reported that she may leave The Today Show in September when her contract runs out. Her co-anchor Matt Lauer is also said to be mulling a departure -- and could reteam with Couric, 54, for a new series.

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"I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do," Couric said in a statement Tuesday. "In making the decision to move on, I know Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."

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"I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling," she added. "The bottom line is that I love doing all kinds of different stories. I have a lot of areas of interest and I want to be able to fulfill all of that."

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