Meredith Vieira Questions Whether Sarah Palin Co-Hosting Today Is Out Of ‘Desperation’

Oh, Meredith Vieira. Oh, Meredith. Oh, Merwolf. Oh, Mer Bear! This morning, upcoming Today guest host Sarah Palin called the show and thanked NBC for showing “boldness” in its decision to have her on, adding that it reflected a “diversity of opinion.” Without skipping a beat, Today legend (or icon, if you prefer) Vieira joked “…or desperation.”

Vieira — probably still upset that co-host Matt Lauer told her that she looked “better in silhouette” that morning — also offered Palin some advice in advance of her appearance tomorrow: Hide your things from Lauer, because he’ll deface your property, Ann Curry has been known to hit the ol’ limoncello DeVito-style. Oh, and as for Al Roker? “If Al asks to let him show you his neck of the woods… run.”

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And while Vieira was clearly trying to get a laugh with her “desperation” comment, she’s not entirely off-base — former Today host Katie Couric just so happens to be guest hosting ABC’s Good Morning America all this week, placing her in direct competition for viewers against Palin tomorrow.

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