Once depressed about her husband's health issues, Meredith finally called it quits. But, the quits was a bit unconventional and not as what many had expected!

Meredith Vieira is an American journalist better known for hosting the NBC's talk show, Today, besides co-host Matt Lauer. The Emmy award-winning journalist has garnered a lot of attention by having her hands in numerous programs, and TV shows. 

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Meredith now has left Television to take care of her husband, but she gets on the screens doing different things every once in a while.

Meredith Vieira Bio: Age, Parents, Education

Meredith Vieira was born on 30 December 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island. She grew up in East Providence by her parents Mary Elsie (Rosa) and Edwin Vieira. Her father was a medical doctor, and her mother was a homemaker. Both her parents were Portuguese Americans. In her family, she has three older brothers as siblings. As per herself, she does not believe in religion but in spirituality.

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She attended Lincoln School- an all-girls school as her high school in her hometown. Later, she graduated from Tufts University in 1975 with a degree in English.

Meredith Married To Richard Cohen, Problems Due To Husband's Health Issues

Meredith is in a married relationship with fellow reporter Richard Merrill Cohen since 14th June 1986. 

Now, in any case, if you thought that the title referred her husband as a cheat, let us clear you, it's only her husband's disease that makes Meredith feel cheated. 

Yes, Meredith's husband Richard, also an Emmy winning journalist, has multiple sclerosis since he was at his 20's and is a survivor of two colon cancer that appeared in 1999 and again in 2000. He, as of now, is legally blind and uses a cane to walk around. 

Talking about husband's illness during an interview with the People on 13th October 2010, Meredith expressed that she feels cheated due to her husband's sickness, as he could no longer run or walk like before. 

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Meredith, the mother of three children: Ben, Gabe, and Lily, even said that Richard's health issues brought strains in their relationship, as both of them were stubborn. But, she added that their sense of humor helped them a lot to protect their bond.

Family In Frame: Meredith Vieira with husband Richard, three children (Photo: dailymail.com)

Meredith even quoted that despite all the stress in her life, she will stick with Richard and said she would never get married again if anything happened to Richard. Further, at Today, Meredith uttered that if she leaves her job after her contract is over, she will look forward to making time for Richard and her family rather than working again.

Quits Television For Husband

Just as she quoted, after a year when the contract for Today was over, Meredith decided to quit the show to spend more quality time with her husband and got rid of the 2.30am wake-up calls. 

Talking about her life after quitting the job during an interview with the GH Editor in May 2013, Meredith revealed that she had a great time alone with her husband while being at the Cape Cod. She further mentioned that she has got time to spend quality moments with her friends and family. 

Meredith further uttered that she could adequately be around her husband and though she misses her children; said that it was okay, as they could focus on each other. 

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As for now, besides spending time with husband and children, Meredith works as a special correspondent for NBC News and is a contributor to its showToday, the NBC Nightly News, and Dateline NBC.

As a reward for her contribution to the media business, Meredith has accumulated a net worth that totals up to $40 million.