Meredith Debuts: “Big Al”

By Brian 

My favorite moment of Today’s first half-hour came when Meredith Vieira greeted Al Roker at the anchor desk:

VIEIRA: I’m particularly fond of you because I had a hamster named Al growing up.

ROKER: Oh really?

VIEIRA: Big Al. He died, yes he did die.

ROKER: He went toes up! He’s in a coffee can in your backyard. Okay!

LAUER: I don’t know bout you, I got goosebumps.

ROKER: Hold on a second, let me go get my wheel…