matt lauer meredith vieira and abe vigoda Carole King + Abe Vigoda = TV Excellence

I’m busy getting ready for work in the morning, so I rarely have time to turn on the television.  I can’t believe what I missed this week on NBC’s TodayMeredith Vieira cried as she was serenaded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carole King[/lastfm] and then laughed as she danced with Abe Vigoda on her last show!  I LOVE ABE VIGODA SIGHTINGS.

carole king serenades meredith Carole King + Abe Vigoda = TV Excellence

Click on Carole's Piano and watch the teary-eyed performance.

(Courtesy of Nicole EggenbergerOK! Magazine)

Carole King surprised a teary-eyed Meredith with a performance of her favorite song, “You’ve Got a Friend.”

“There is one song that kind of sums up the way we all feel about you,” Matt Lauer told Meredith on Today. “In fact, you mentioned one time that you played it 30 times in a row when you graduated from high school. The song will be played by none other than the legendary Carole King.”

“We are really going to miss you,” Carole said as she sat down at a piano. “It’s been so amazing having you in our lives on a daily basis, but thank you for so many great memories. You do have one of these. Many of them.”

Carole then performed “You’ve Got a Friend” while Meredith cried and held hands with the Today family.

meredith dances toward abe Carole King + Abe Vigoda = TV Excellence

Click on Meredith and enjoy the Abe Vigoda dance!

(Courtesy of Liz Kelly NelsonZap 2 It)

Call it the “Glee” effect, but on Thursday morning the staff of NBC’s “Today Show” pulled out all the stops to send departing co-host Meredith Vieira off in style.

In what was apparently a surprise to Vieira, the staff lip-synced their way through Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” — a song that has taken on new life since being used in both the finale of HBO’s “The Sopranos” and “Glee’s” pilot episode.

Matt Lauer kicked off the live tribute, but NBC staffers scored a little help along the way from Abe Vigoda (totally random), “Late Night” host Jimmy Kimmel, correspondent Jenna Bush-Hager and “Today” fourth-hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie-Lee Gifford, who both wore t-shirts reading “Wine Lovers (heart) Meredith.”

Good thing Meredith was wearing comfy shoes. We’ll see if Ann Curry gets this kind of goodbye. If she ever leaves.


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