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The 57-year-old Today co-anchor's final day of work on Wednesday was dotted with clips of her memorable moments on the show, heartfelt words and remembrances from coworkers like Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Ann Curry (who will be replacing Vieira as co-anchor), taped tributes from fellow NBC stars like Brian Williams and Jay Leno, and lots of emotion from Vieira herself. She also had her husband, Richard Cohen, and her dog, Jasper, on set to help her celebrate her final day.
In the closing moments, Roker, Lauer, Curry and Morales -- all clad in yellow shirts professing their love for Meredith -- sat with Vieira on Rockefeller Plaza to say their final goodbyes.
"You have changed my life. You have changed all these people's lives," Al told Meredith. "You will always hold a spot in our hearts. You are the best. I love you."
After kind words from Ann and Natalie, it was Lauer's turn to bid adieu to his co-anchor. "I'm afraid that if I tell you how I really feel, I'm going to turn into a blubbering idiot," he said. "I adore you, and I have since the night we first had dinner five-and-a-half years ago... Your sense of humor is what I'll miss most. You have made me laugh every singled day here, and I thank you for that." He concluded: "I have marveled over the fact that with a talent as large as yours, how small your ego is. You've told us all how to be great teammates, and that's the gift I'll take away from you."
After those heartfelt words, Vieira joked through the tears: "I don't want to go now!" We don't want her to either. Meredith will certainly be missed.
Watch the video of Vieira's tearful Today farewell below: