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 Fallon, 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.
[Correction: An earlier version post incorrectly identified “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon as Jimmy Kimmel.]