On her new talk show, Meredith Vieira described why she stayed with an ex who physically abused her. "I'm a smart woman," that while this was taking place, she heard "a lot of people say, 'Well, who would stay in that situation?' Somebody who doesn't have the wherewithal to get out, the means to get out. [But] I had that. I had a job at the time, and I kept in this relationship."
Since then, she says, "I've done a lot of thinking about why, and I think part of it was fear. I was scared of him. I was scared if I tried to leave something worse could happen to me," she confessed.
She continued, "Part of it was guilt, because every time we would have a fight he would then start crying and say, 'I promise I won't do it again,' and I would feel like maybe I contributed somehow to this – and they are saying this about Ray Rice's wife, that it takes two to tango ... I continued to stay in that relationship until I was offered a job in another state, and that's where I felt I had the ability to get away."