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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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31.

Sautxyca    

Many have tried and failed in the late afternoon talkie time-zone. Ellen and Wendy Williams were kicking "The Big O's" big booty — and Katie Couric, a garden-variety reporter and luke-warm TV personality, will be out-gunned by a wide mile. Count on it. Next thing you know, they'll be giving 65-year-old Diane Sawyer her own show (can you stand another minute of those knit eyebrows and that perma-plaintive expression?) ...

1236 days ago
32.

paul a.    

Zzzzzz....

1236 days ago
33.

Sonya in Tx    

Never could stand Katie Couric. Her talk show will tank.

1236 days ago
34.

Maureen     

Actually Oprah's show was from 4-5pm. General Hosputal started at 3pm.

1236 days ago
35.

Wardman3    

You can say goodbye to "General Hospital". The press released said that the new show will air at 3pm on ABC's O&O stations (Owned and Operated). That is when General Hospital airs. So unless they plan on moving the time, which is doubtful, we shall hear an announcement soon on General Hospital's demise.

1236 days ago
36.

Sautxyca    

Do you know what I mean about Diva Diane Sawyer? Since her morning-show days on CBS in the 1970s, she manages to look like she's biting into a lemon ...

1236 days ago
37.

Jay    

You mean the 4PM slot. GH comes on at 3pm.

I mean geeze you guys can report on how many ice pops Lindsay Lohan has in her freezer but you cant get a time of a TV show right?????

1236 days ago
38.

anni    

TOAD: that was funny!

She just sucks. I remember her little fat as trying to squeeze into poor dead Princess Diana's dress jackets. It was just wrong. She is so over. She will be lucky to get a KathyLee position.

1236 days ago
39.

Kathy    

I don't care. Really--who does? Nobody watched her on CBS, yet they think people will watch her on ABC? Too many millions floating around--being wasted.

1236 days ago
40.

Mr. X    

People keep forgetting one thing:

Oprah's show was SYNDICATED! It just happened to air on ABC-owned stations!

It's likely that that's the route Katie's new show will take, too.

1236 days ago
41.

HH    

3:00pm was not Oprah's time slot, its General Hospital's.

I doubt many will watch her, she's too annoying....

1236 days ago
42.

Shread    

Couric is a nasty egocentric backstabber. Everyone from The Today Show hated her and im sure the folks at CBS were annoyed by her attitude as well. Don't expect much from her over at ABC either. I would bet that the show gets cancelled after the first season.

1236 days ago
43.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

she is a talentless tool

1236 days ago
44.

fran    

her time has come and gone...the show will tank...give the people back their soaps...its what they want...why do you think Oprah got out

1236 days ago
45.

GHfan    

Wow ABC! You got someone that NO ONE wants. Way to go!

1236 days ago
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