With "The View" quickly disappearing in her rear-view mirror, Meredith Vieira now says the morning coffee klatch has become "a joke."

"I feel very sad for everything that's happened and everybody involved," the new "Today" show host told Time magazine over the weekend.

But now, the show that she refereed for nine years is "hard to watch."

Vieira stopped watching "The View" after leaving the show last May, she says.

"I didn't watch at all," she says. "I needed to look ahead."

She missed the now-infamous morning when former co-host Star Jones sprung the announcement on her boss, Barbara Walters, without warning that she was leaving "The View."

"But I have to admit, that the day after Star made her announcement, I watched," Vieira says.

That was the morning when Walters said Jones had betrayed her and would not be allowed back on the show.

"I'm proud of the work we did there," Vieira told the magazine.

"But it's not a good time in the history of that show,'" she said. "It's sort of become a joke."

There has been much speculation about why Vieira left "The View" - where her light schedule still permitted her a lot of time with her family - for the early-morning grind of "Today."

The on-the-air squabbling among cast members has been on the rise in recent years and the departure of Jones - which was sure to create a serious shake-up in the chemistry of the show - had been in the works for months.

Vieira insists she was "not tired" of "The View." But after so many years, "you become so blasé."

She starts on "Today" in mid-September.