Vieira said she's lucky since it could have been worse.

By Naja Rayne
Updated August 14, 2015 08:00 PM
Credit: NBC

Meredith Vieira appeared on the the Today show on Friday, wearing a red dress and black sunglasses – but she wasn’t trying to make a fashion statement.

Vieira, 61, removed her shades, revealing to her co-host Hoda Kotb a painful looking black eye, which she said happened on a seemingly simple, middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom.

“I had to go to the bathroom and I didn’t put the light on,” she said. “And to get to the bathroom, you go through a little dressing room. And I had just come back from Los Angeles.”

“So, I go to the bathroom, and I forget the suitcase is there. And I fell over the suitcase, and I hit my head on the rim of the dressing room table,” she continued.

Luckily, the injury looks worse than it is. Vieira complained of a headache, but nothing else and joked to Kotb that she had it checked out by her doctor who “amazingly” found a brain in her CT scan.

“If it had been a little lower, something bad could have happened. Something really bad,” she said. “My head hurts.”