Merry Meredith Vieira has been the calming pretty face on TV being a talking head newscaster and personality for decades now. We all know her and will be sad that she has retired in a way. She seems lately to always be leaving something. She left the Today Show, The View and now Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Game Show. However she never left her husband who suffers from an incurable disease, a chronic illness.
Now she does what we do. She is finally enjoying spending her time with her husband, Richard Cohen who is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and her three kids. They are the hottest couple now to make it to the cover of AARP Magazine of which 33 Million members get a copy of the magazine. Yes, the American Association of Retired People. I guess she has retired. She is finally a free woman not having to answer to or bow down to TV executives.
Meredith left the “Today” show in June after 5 years as the co-anchor. She also co-hosted “The View” from 1997-2006. Since 2002 she hosted “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” I guess she wanted to be a millionaire when she decided to take on all this work simultaneously. They were all great easy jobs that she couldn’t resist taking. Her longest partnership is her marriage since 1986.
Richard Cohen has been living with multiple sclerosis for 40 years. He is now 63 years old and was diagnosed at age 25 with multiple sclerosis. It is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. She is something of an icon in that after their second date, he hit her with the news if his illness. She stayed with him. Her father was a Doctor, and for some reason the illness did not frighten her away. He later wrote a book called ‘Blindsided” which is a memoir.
Her three children are grown now . Her daughter Lilly is a theater major, her son Gabe is studying journalism and her other son Ben graduated in June and lives in China. She is immensely proud of her children because she admits they saw her more on television than in person. America is missing her because we saw her more on TV than we saw most of our relatives in person too. Enjoy retirement Meredith.