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Katie Couric Officially

Gets ABC Talk Show

6/6/2011 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We told you about it last month, and ABC announced it today. Katie Couric will get a daytime, syndicated talk show on ABC.

Katie Couric ABC Talk Show
The network announced the deal today, unveiling the plan which puts Katie in as host and producer.  We've learned Katie's mentor -- former "Today" show EP Jeff Zucker -- will be the Executive Producer.

As we reported, Katie will make $20 million, mostly for the talk show but there's a relatively small amount for contributing to various ABC news shows.

Sources tell TMZ, the likelihood is ... Katie will get the 3 PM time slot when the show debuts in September, 2012.  That's the coveted slot Oprah owned for a quarter century in many key markets.

Matt Lauer will NOT be part of the show.

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wasted days and wasted nights    

It really is all about the benjamins.

1184 days ago
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Tina    

All this hoopla over people leaving these talk shows/news shows (i.e., Meredith Veira, Ophrah Winfrey, Katy Couric) when all they're really doing is shifting gears to another show. It's like throwing someone a Retirement Party and then they come back to work next week. Your like 'WTH'!!

1184 days ago
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PM61    

What the hell are the executives responsible for ABC Daytime Programming thinking? Do they really think they'll get more people to watch this smarmy phony than General Hospital?

1184 days ago
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Enough Said    

Can this woman please just go away? Is there anyway we can just put her out of our misery.

1184 days ago
5.

Kat    

BORRRRRIIIINNNG!!! What a WASTE of a time slot!!

1184 days ago
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Joe    

Are you 3 pm? In NY, Oprah was on at 4 pm.

1184 days ago
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Toadless    

Brilliant, put this turd back in the punchbowl and expect everyone to come back for more.

1184 days ago
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GO girl    

TMZ Fact-checkers: Oprah was on at 4PM Eastern, not 3pm. 3pm is General Hospital. Check your detail, please!!

1184 days ago
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RealityBites    

Who cares, didn't watch her on the news, won't watch her on a talk show.....she's over rated and dull!

1184 days ago
10.

MP    

Jeff Zucker ran NBC into the ground. I don't have high hopes for Ms. Couric's show. How many chat shows can people watch in a day?

1184 days ago
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phil    

Yeah, where are you guys from? In PA, Oprah has been haunting our tvs at 4 pm for a quarter century, not 3

1184 days ago
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TMZjunkie    

ABC better not cancel General Hospital

1184 days ago
13.

janet    

Ellen will kick her butt.

1184 days ago
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RP    

What?
"Katie will get the 3 PM...coveted slot Oprah owned for a quarter century."

General Hospital has been on at 3 for at least the last 30 years here...Oprah was always on at 4.

1184 days ago
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bunny    

Is Shevonne in the bathroom crying because she knows GH will be cancelled?

1184 days ago
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