"She taught me to smile with my mouth slightly open and to write thank-you notes," Vieira said

By Adam Carlson
November 21, 2015 12:45 PM
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It’s been more than nine years since Meredith Vieira signed off of The View, but she told Page Six that she doesn’t miss the show itself.

“I miss my friends, but … it’s changed a lot. I’ll always care about [the show], but for me it was time to try something different,” she said at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s 25th annual gala Thursday.

In the years since, Vieira, 61, has joined Today as an anchor, and in 2014 began hosting an eponymous, syndicated talk series.

The View has undergone a series of top-to-bottom changes in recent years, adding new and returning panelists such as Rosie O’Donnell and Raven-Symoné.

Her comments this week are not the first time Vieira has reflected on the talk show.

As she told TIME in 2006, during a previous period of turbulence, “I feel very sad for everything that’s happened and for everybody involved.

“I’m proud of the work we did there, but it’s not a good time in the history of that show. It’s hard to watch. It sort of became a joke.”

“It was like a wonderful, comfortable pair of slippers,” she said then. “But you can become so blasé.”

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One person Vieira said she will miss from her View days?

Fellow original panelist Barbara Walters, who shared a table with her for nine years.

“She taught me to smile with my mouth slightly open and to write thank-you notes – never send an email,” Vieira told Page Six. “She’s got class.”

“Just watching the way she interviews … she can be tough, but it’s good and I think people have an element of trust with Barbara,” Vieira added. “I miss her on the show.”