Is Meredith Vieira Planning Exit From ‘Today’?

Report: Vieira tired of grueling schedule, wants to spend more time with husband

Last Updated: April 5, 2011 @ 3:28 PM

If Katie Couric wants her old job back, it may soon be available.

With attention focused on Couric's likely departure from "CBS Evening News," The Hollywood Reporter says Meredith Vieira, her replacement on NBC's "Today," is quietly planning her own exit. (Couric, meanwhile, is said to be fielding offers from NBC, among others.)

Vieira wants to leave the top-rated morning show to spend more time with her husband, who is ill, says the Reporter, citing sources. Vieira joined Matt Lauer on the show in 2006 after Couric's departure to CBS.

While that transition helped NBC continue its years of dominance in the morning — one of the brightest spots in the rebuilding network's lineup — it may need another smooth transfer to ensure the streak continues.

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Possible replacements include "Today" anchor Ann Curry, who has been in the position since 1997, and the show's Natalie Morales. They also include Washington correspondent Savannah Guthrie and CNBC’s Erin Burnett, THR said.

NBC News and a rep for Vieira did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday.

In addition to "Today," Vieira finds time to host the syndicated "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."