More than a year after leaving “The View,” original moderator Meredith Vieira returned to her old stomping ground on Monday.
“I miss you guys a lot,” Vieira told her former panelists as she ran on stage and hugged them during the show.
The ladies of “The View” were not short on pride as they playfully picked on their friend during her return appearance.
“Of all of us on the show, out of everyone we had on the show, you are by far the best liar,” Barbara Walters said.
And Vieira’s return was anything but quiet. When asked how things were going on “Today,” she revealed she thinks Matt Lauer is rather handsome.
“It’s great,” Vieira said of working on “Today” with Lauer. “It’s like the first day of school and you’re sitting next to the cutest boy in class. He’s a great guy.”
When asked what she enjoyed best about her job at “Today,” Vieira noted the diversity of material.
“The best is probably the variety of the show,” she said. “You can be interviewing Senator Clinton one minute, the other minute you can be baking a pie.”
Though things may be good for Vieira at “Today,” she admitted to her “View” pals that she was disappointed by one of the changes at her old show since her departure.
“The thing that upsets me more than anything is since I left the ratings went up,” she laughed.
After her appearance, Vieira told Access Hollywood that she was thrilled to have paid “The View” a return visit.
“It’s a funny place to be, but it’s very nice,” she said. “It’s also been fun to sit back in the green room as a guest. I have such a sense of pride.”
She also noted that “The View” ladies were “very gracious.”
“It’s kinda neat to comeback and have new adventures to share and to see how far they have come and they have come along way,” Vieira said.