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Meredith Vieira Goes Vegan, Cites Ethical Stance

The former Today anchor discussed her plant-based diet during a recent appearance on food show The Chew.

Top journalist and television personality Meredith Vieira—best known for her roles on The View, Today, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?—has professed that she is now adhering to a vegan diet based heavily on her distaste for the meat industry in America. On May 2, Vieira was a guest on ABC’s cooking talk show The Chew, where she disclosed to celebrity chef Mario Batali that she had gone vegan a month prior for “partly ethical [and moral] reasons” as well as health concerns. “I’ve done a lot of stories on the way food is … processed in this country, animals, and it’s very disturbing … I didn’t want to be a hypocrite anymore,” Vieira told Batali, who then prepared a zucchini-artichoke dish for her.

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