Meredith Vieira -- One of NBC's High-Profile Faces of the Upcoming Winter Olympics -- Is Concerned About Security THR
Former “Today” host Meredith Vieira said she has concerns about security at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but added that she will be at Matt Lauer’s side as a commentator for the opening ceremony Feb. 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t [concerned about security]," Vieira said in an interview with the publication. "I really believe the Russian government is going to do everything it can to avoid that situation. This is [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s baby and they don’t want anything to go wrong. But that doesn’t mean things won’t happen elsewhere in the country because I think those terrorists are given an opportunity and they will take it."
THR adds: "Vieira noted that she was part of intense discussions about the situation in Russia and whether it was safe before she made the commitment to go. In the end, she says it has to be about the athletes."
Said Vieira: "I'm basically assured that it will be fine. But it may not be. I know that. But I feel good enough about it that I’m going to be there for sure."
Vieira also said she has concerns about anti-gay laws in Russia, adding that she would love to see peaceful demonstrations in support of gay rights.
“In terms of demonstrations and all that, I would love to see everybody walk out with rainbow ribbons. I think something will happen at the opening ceremony,” Vieira said.