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Meredith Vieira reveals 'scary weekend' as husband treated for blood clot

March 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM ET

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Vieira and her husband Richard Cohen, pictured in March, 2012.

NBC News special correspondent and former TODAY anchor Meredith Vieira told fans on Monday that she'd spent a “scary weekend” in the hospital after rushing her husband Richard Cohen to get treated for a blood clot.

He was treated at a New York hospital, Vieira reported via Twitter, and is safely "out of the woods."

Cohen is a former senior producer for CNN and CBS News. He and Vieira, who have been married since 1986, have three children.

TODAY viewers expressed their relief and best wishes after learning about Cohen's health scare. 

Vieira stepped down as a TODAY anchor in 2011 to spend more time with her family. At the time she made it clear that Cohen, who has multiple sclerosis, was doing well.

“My husband Richard is in good health, and that’s part of the reason I want to leave right now because … I want to be there with him and I want to have fun and I want to appreciate our time together and not have to punch a clock so much," she said at the time.

She later returned to NBC News as a special correspondent for the former "Rock Center with Brian Williams" and other news programs. In February, she became the first woman to anchor NBC's Olympic prime time coverage when she stepped in for an ailing Bob Costas.

Last year, NBC Universal announced Vieira will host a new syndicated talk show that will begin airing later this year in September.

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