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OTRC: Meredith Vieira gets 'Glee'-like tribute on last 'Today' show (Video)

Meredith Vieira appears on the 'Today' show for the last time on June 8, 2011 with Matt Lauer. (NBC / Peter Kramer)

Meredith Vieira's last day at the "Today" show on Wednesday, June 8, was commemorated with a "Glee"-like musical tribute.

The 57-year-old, her fellow anchors, staff members who work on the series and members of a crowd at New York's Rockefeller Plaza took part in the celebration, dancing and lip-synching to the rock song "Don't Stop Believin'."

The 1981 track by Journey has become a popular anthem of triumph and has often been used in pop culture in recent years following a 2009 cover of it on the FOX musical series "Glee."

All of you I will put in my heart," Vieira said after the celebration while choking up. "It's such a family and it's really hard to leave a family."

Others who appeared at Vieira's send-off included her co-host Matt Lauer and Ann Curry, who is replacing her, show colleagues Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Roker, NBC late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon and 90-year-old veteran actor Abe Vigoda, who dancing with his cane in the air.

The actor, who played Sal Tessio in the 1972 film "The Godfather," has appeared on the "Today" show in the past and has also made appearances on programs such as "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," the NBC late-night talk show O'Brien hosted before he was promoted to helm the "Tonight" show for several months between 2009 and 2010.

In May, Vieira confirmed she would leave the series after five years. At the time, it was said that she wanted to spend more time with her three children and care for her husband, Richard, who has battled multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.

The couple are parents to Ben, 22, who recently graduated from Stanford, Gabe, 19, and Lily, 18. Vieira has denied that her husband's ailments were the reason for her departure.

Vieira told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the 36th Annual Gracie Awards Gala that she is looking forward to her future. When asked if she would have a daytime talk show, Vieira said: "I don't know! I wish! Fingers crossed."

The television personality joined the "Today" show in 2006, replacing Katie Couric, who left to become an anchor on the "CBS Evening News." Couric left the program and is set to receive her own talk show on ABC.

Check out the musical tribute to Meredith Vieira below, courtesy of the Associated Press:


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