CBS Finally Has an Exit Plan for Katie Couric
We knew it. You knew it. Even your dog knew it and now CBS is said to finally have a plan in place to say farewell to Katie Couric at “CBS Evening News.” Sources familiar with the exit strategy tell The New York Times that a major announcement will be made when Couric returns from covering the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
What will they say According to four insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity, CBS will announce in early May that her successor at the “Evening News” will be “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley.
Couric”s contract is up June 4, but the network is said to have asked for a month extension to help ease the transition. If that proves true, that pegs Couric”s last day at late June or early July at the latest.
The AP was first to report that Couric will be leaving the “Evening News” after nearly five years on the job.
She had been expected to stay on through the 2012 elections. The New York Post reported in early April that CBS offered Couric a new contract including both a daytime talk show and a prestigious regular slot on “60 Minutes.”
In recent interviews to promote her book, “The Best Advice I Ever Got,” Couric resisted overtures to spill the beans on her plans. During a sit-down with her former “TODAY” co-host on April 13, Couric demurred when asked if she”d made a decision yet.
“I”m in the middle of figuring out where would be the best place for me, what would be the best job for me,” she said. “I”m gonna call you as soon as I know.”
Lauer tried mightily to get Katie to show her hand a bit, but being a pro, the CBS newswoman held strong. Since a syndication talk show appears to be the direction she”s headed, Matt asked her what is drawing her to an independent show.
“I think what might appeal to me [in a syndicated talk show] is just the creative freedom to pick subjects. To really dig deep. To have a smart, intelligent conversation,” she said. “You know me, Matt. I”m like [makes funny face] whaaaaa. That”s the kind of person I am, so it might be nice to have a little more wiggle room for me to show my personality.”
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