Meredith Vieira Feels “Rusty,” But She’s Already Waking Up At 4 a.m.

By Brian 

Meredith Vieira is up at 4 a.m. these days, even though she doesn’t replace Katie Couric on NBC’s Today show until September,” USAT’s Peter Johnson writes in a big profile of the future Today co-host.

Vieira, 52, has been getting Couric’s nightly homework packet, and she’s getting used to morning-show hours. But watching Today makes Vieira, a former 60 Minutes correspondent who hosts ABC’s The View and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, a little anxious.

‘They ask much better questions than I would have thought of. I’ll go, ‘Damn it, where’d that come from?’ ‘ Vieira says over lunch. ‘I’m rusty.’

Vieira says she doesn’t intend to ‘fill Katie’s shoes’ when Couric, 49, begins anchoring The CBS Evening News in September.” More…