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April 16th, 2012
08:14 PM ET

Meredith Vieira on Matt Lauer's new contract: "I'm not surprised, he deserves every penny"

Coming up this evening on "Piers Morgan Tonight," American journalist, television personality, and game show host Meredith Vieira joins the program for an honest and entertaining sit down.

After co-anchoring the famed morning show "Today" for more than five years, Vieira shares a special friendship with NBC's Matt Lauer, even poking fun at her former colleague's new $25 million annual contract:

"I was heading towards the bathroom, and I proceeded to vomit, after I heard those numbers."

All playful joking aside, the "Dateline NBC" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams" contributor has nothing but kinds words for Lauer:

"I'm not surprised, he deserves every penny," confesses Vieira. "Matt's really, really a talented broadcaster. And he's a lot of the reason why "The Today Show" does as well as it does."

Watch the clip, and tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as Vieira shares details of her new documentary, and reveals plans to take over "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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  1. Jim Carroll

    Posted on April 15, 2012 by jcarroll

    You can help bring down the price of gasoline with out any effort if we stand together. A barrel of oil is 42 gallon, but only about 25 % is made into gasoline. There are hundreds of products made from oil. The oil corporations get more per gallon for some products than a barrel of oil cost. They don’t have to change prices of gasoline every day, no matter what OPEC does. Just an excuse to rip you off and mess up the economy.The oil corporations are to blame for high gasoline prices. These collectives monopolies fix prices which is a violation of the law. A collective monopoly is one in which 10 or fewer corporations control over 90 % of a good or service in one industry.

    You can help with little or no effort by buying your gasoline across the street or down the road-just pass up Exxon-Mobil. We can bloody this giants’ nose ; the rest will get the message. Target the giant.

    Help build a People Power Price Control organization. We don’t have to take it. Send five dollar to People Power Price Control 2201 Southern Shade Blvd. Knoxville Tennessee 37932. Every penny will be used to get the message out. Send this message out by any means possible.You can help control prices of these collective monopolies. There are three we can easily target: big oil, big supermarkets, and big banks. They are the three ripping us off with a price marker and calling it inflation which is an euphemism for theft. Ask your friends to visit the Internet Free Press and send the message to your friends and family and the News Media.

    Small businesses have to compete; the collective monopolies fix prices on top of the bridge. They don’t even have to get under the bridge. Next day gasoline prices are post on the internet every day for the next day price changes.They all change in lock-step. Send this article out to as many people as you can, and ask them to visit the Internet Free Press for the targets of People Power Price Control.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joe Public

    Hey Meredith, NOBODY "deserves" $25,000,000. That is an obscene amount of money. Matt is not saving lives. Matt is not improving mankind. Matt is not ending poverty, disease and natural disasters. Matt Lauer is a TV Personality and nothing more. Give me a F'n break.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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