Meredith Vieira's 'Leap Of Faith' Special

Meredith Vieira's 'Leap Of Faith' Special

Meredith Vieira visits Access Hollywood Live and talks with guest co-hosts Shaun Robinson and Liz Hernandez about her new talk show and the health of her husband who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Plus, Meredith talks about her NBC special about regenerative medical advances where human organs are being created in the lab, using stem cells. “A Leap Of Faith: A Meredith Vieira Special” airs Friday, June 27 at 8 on NBC and “The Meredith Vieira Show” debuts September 8.

We are back with Meredith getting ready to launch a new talk show. The Meredith show this fall. Just Meredith. Just Meredith. But you will eventually, by just one nature. As Meredith. You are saying that. I don't know. Maybe. We'll see. We sat down before and talked about the pressure. You have been so successful at everything you have done from the view. To the millionaire game and now your own show. The what is your expectations Meredith. My expectation is to have a very good time. I miss connecting to the audience. That's my favorite things:00 think of all the jobs I have done. Obviously at the have you and millionaire and today you really have human contact and that was really important to me and I see feed off the audience eventually and I think that will really make the show great for me. Well, the person who is the biggest fan in your audience is your husband Richard. 28 years of marriage. So beautiful. Look at him. Look at us. What makes it work? Going on 3 decades now. You know for us it's really humor. I think that's important. Not just becaubecause of our marriage because of Richard ill fez with Ms. There are a lot of struggle but if you keep a good sense of humor you can get through the day that's sort of been our key way of coping. Right. When was he diagnosed. When he was 25. Before I knew him. Yes. Wow! How is he doing notch he's doing great. He had a little bit of a set back. He had some blood clots earlier this year and it was thrill very scary but he's a tough cookie. He really is. He has more than 9 lives and he's doing okay right now. Does he ever want you to retire t.another talk show? I thought the that was the idea I was going to spend more time with him and easier hours because I still do millionaire but when this whole idea started developing he was the first one to say go do it. I think he wanted me out of the house. That's what I think. Take the furniture with you. If actually from your house. Yes. Our furniture is disgusting. We have a dog and 2 cat and totally torn up. Our family room furniture and wanted people to see that's how I live. They will feel so much better about their own stuff. Look at my stuff and they will say theirs is better. There is something but Meredith the ever woman really connects to and identifies with f.where does that actually come from? Because you have never seen like you were above if I 1 else. You have always just seemed so down to Earth. My parents very good at grounding. I have 3 holder brother. Very good at grounding us. Nothing that I can say -- it's kind of in my DNA. Real respectful of other people. My father was a G P and took care of people on the boat. Didn't speak English and my father spoke Portuguese and I watched his work ethic and work for other people and love of other people and seep into who you are. I wanted to ask you Meredith with your talk show we all looking to other talk show and grab something from them. Who has inspired you as far as doing the show? What other shows do you look at and say -- I tray not to look at other shows. Really. I don't want to have them influence me but there's a little bit of, this show is a combination of some of the nighttime vibe and daytime so I was actually even Letterman had the daytime show way back when that. Was a long time ago. It was. But it was great. It was smart funny and they did crazy cookie things and I loved that as a model. You are going to have a lot of inspiration on our show as well. We are actually our show is taping in the same studio he had when had he the daytime show. I mentioned that to him he said my show only last add few weeks. I know. The let's talk about this special that you have on NBC. It's about this new controversial treatment. It's this new area of medicine. It feels like it's fire we are on the cups of being able to literally grow human organ in the laboratory. Custom made. And we follow this one doctor in particular Paula the only man in the world doing this particular surgery of he takes a plastic scalpel in the shape of trachea. Feed it with the patient stem cell and it becomes an exact duplicate of their trachea. So they can't reject it. No drug. We follow him. This is totally cutting edge and very experimental. We follow him as he does this procedure on several people, in particular one little girl from south Korea. So the big controversy about it is. Well because!bus Well because it's so new. The should he be experimenting on human beings. Is that right to do. Pall would -- Paula would argue he has done this with pig for 20 years. He didn't come to at this time last night. These are patients who will die without any intervention so they, they say him as the last chance. Right. They willingly willingly go ahead and take that chance. But again, some doctors say we need more studies. Have them in clinical trial. Started one in Russia rate now that he's the head of but you talk to the patients and every single one of them is so gritful. All right. Well thank you so much for being here. The we are so excited for you. Can't wait to tune in. Thank you. Count down. Okay. Leap of faith Meredith special tonight at 8 on NBC and the Meredith the show days September 8.