(From Natalie Morales, TODAY)
So you want to know what really goes on BEHIND THE SCENES here on Today? If you're expecting me to wax poetic or make some profound statement here on my first allDay blog... well, sorry to disappoint. I've been thinking all week about what to write about... until the phone call -- make that THE PHONE CALL.
Now you probably have all gotten to know Meredith very well and have experienced her great sense of humor. Well, here's what happened that led up to THE PHONE CALL... from my great friend Meredith Vieira.
The other day I was running late leaving work, trying to get home to my son. In my rush, I jumped into a car that was waiting to take me home. Only problem, it wasn't MY car... it was Meredith's car. Well, the driver was already on the West Side Highway taking me to Meredith's house... before I really looked up from my newspapers and noticed I was already about 5 minutes outside the city. Then came the calls from dispatch over the driver's cell. "Ms. Vieira is waiting outside 30 Rockefeller for her car, where are you?" Fortunately, my car was already there and Meredith took my car. Problem solved, no biggie. BUT, that night I'm checking my voice mail... "Hey B---!(expletive) You stole MY car! (Expletive)... laugh, laugh... It's me Meredith. Natalie you are such a sweet woman and I'm so glad we could have lunch and get to know each other better. Oh, but don't ever let that happen again B---! Laugh, laugh. Love you, Meredith."
That's classical Meredith -- and it's why we all love her here on Today (besides her obvious talent) because she can give it out as well as she can take it. So when people ask me now, what's Meredith Vieira really like? I have to say, "Who that B----?" Just kidding. She is seriously the funniest, sweetest and most down-to earth woman. We are very lucky to have her (sense of humor included.) Just don't ever steal her car or her cab ;)