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Katie Couric Has NOT Made CBS Exit Deal

4/4/2011 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katie Couric has not officially quit CBS, but nonetheless network sources tell us it's a virtual certainty that she will be leaving.

Katie Couric

Sources connected with Couric tell us ... Katie has no hard feelings toward CBS and may end up staying at the network, but feels her role as anchor of the CBS Evening News has been way too confining.

We're told Couric is most interested in doing a syndicated show -- probably a talk show -- but wants to end up somewhere that has a news operation where she can contribute.  Sources say she's in serious talks with CBS, NBC and CNN.  Her reps are talking to ABC, but that's a long shot.

Katie's exit from CBS Evening News is "not 100%" but it's just a matter of time before Katie announces her departure -- sources say it will come in the next few weeks.

Katie's plan is to start a syndicated show in September, 2012.

As far as front-runners, a Katie source says there are none -- "Everything and everyone is in play."


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31.

Puckett    

I miss the old Katie from the late 90s. Their was a small window of time there where she was hot. All her life before that she looked like a dork and by the time she left the Today show she was getting old and started courting the matronly elder mother look.

I can't imagine why CBS thought she could carry the Evening News as an Anchor. As a journalist she's always been a lightweight. I mean it doesn't take much skill to trip Sarah Palin up and that's the highlight of her "hard news" career.

1267 days ago
32.

Puckett    

As if i care. The only reason i've had to watch CBS in the last 10~15 years was Two and a Half Men and that's jumped the shark without Charlie. Won't be watching that anymore either. Tough luck CBS.

1267 days ago
33.

paigehop    

Bitch couldn't handle prime time! Told ya so!

1267 days ago
34.

paigehop    

Sawyer is so much more palitable. Katie grates on your nerves.

1267 days ago
35.

timbo44    

Perhaps it is has something to do with her calling a majority of the great citizens of this country "the great unwashed", which is ironic considering she lives in garbage strewn, bedbug infested, ****roach infested NYC, and didn't she replace Dan Rather who recently said, "Obama couldn't sell watermelons on the side of the road if a state trooper was stopping traffic."

1267 days ago
36.

Michael    

Couric's contract is up. Not re-newed. That simple.

Posted at 8:27 AM on Apr 4, 2011 by janet

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Network news is ALL about ratings, she knew she was going to get fired the second her contract was up, that's why she's trying to save face with all the "I feel too restricted" BS.

She won't be restricted any more, 5 seconds after her contract expires. However, she made more money than you can imagine for several years, so don't expect to see her as a greeter at the local Wal_mart, anytime soon.

Soon she'll be "free" to "consider other offers" for the next 40 or 50 years, setting alone in her mansion watching video tapes of her glory days, back when she was heading CBS news, and pulling less numbers than 40 year old reruns of Gilligan's Island.

1267 days ago
37.

SueG    

Posted at 7:26 AM on Apr 4, 2011 by Carl:
"Katie is at her best in an interview or morning show situation. Evening news anchor was never the right fit. That's nothing against her, I mean Tom Brokaw hosting the Today show would be even stranger. People are just adapted to different situations."

Carl, I don't know how old you are, but Tom Brokaw WAS a Today Show host in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was very good in that role as well.

1267 days ago
38.

joenamherst    

She single handedly destroyed the CBS news viewer ratings. She should have never left the Today Show where she was somewhat successful. Maybe her fifteen minutes of fame are over.........

1267 days ago
39.

cregis    

Does Couric know how many talk shows fail? Personally I can't stand "I feel your pain" Ann Curry, but maybe some people would watch her. I'd rather read the news myself on the internet.

1267 days ago
40.

Optionjohn    

She made such a big deal about her journal and how phenomenal she is with her journal.

Who cares. So What.

1267 days ago
41.

Sherms    

Annoying and not a pretty sight. Good riddance...regardless of who cuts the ties first.

1267 days ago
42.

No comment    

CBS is being generous to let her exit gracefully. Katie's ratings have always been low and it well know she wasn't going to be given a new contract. She is cute as a chatty cathy in morning interviews, but has never held credibilty as an anchor of the national news.

1267 days ago
43.

Where's KOOKY?    

When CBS announced that they were filling their anchor chair with Katie Couric, I think we all knew where that would go. I'm not at all surprised she's leaving...just surprised it's taken CBS five long years to do something substantial to raise their sinking news ship.

She was okay on "Today," but has always struck me as a real lightweight who looks like she's constantly on the verge of breaking out into giggles.

1267 days ago
44.

Heidi Vanderhoeven    

The only good thing she's done is bring awareness to colon rectal cancer. If she goes the "Talk show" route...I would NEVER watch her.

1267 days ago
45.

Smarter Human    

She was terrible at that job. She was about as believable as a News Anchor as 'Legally Blond' was as a lawyer.

1267 days ago
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