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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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What does she care if it's a bust? She gets $20 million/yr for low ratings and ABC will still carry her because there's nothing else to fill the slot.

1174 days ago


Seriously? A talk show? Have these network stooges actually listened to her interview someone recently? Go back and watch some of her 60 Minutes work. Almost un-watchable. Very bad monotone. She seems like a very nice lady, but seriously?

1174 days ago

Crazy Head    

No no no they cannot cancel GH no no no no Seriously seriously wrong

1173 days ago


That's the time General Hospital comes on. ABC isn't going to be doing too well after this huge shift in their daytime line up is done. There's going to be too many bitter fans jumping ship.

1173 days ago


She used CBS News to spread her liberal bias for years, now she can give up any semblance she ever had of being a "news person"

1173 days ago


How does she keep getting work? She's awful!

1173 days ago


She makes me ill. Katie is dammed UGLY!. She is one ugly woman I would rather never see again in my life!

1173 days ago


The time slot better be a mistake, ABC better not cancel General Hospital!!!!!!!!

1173 days ago


Another show with Couric that no intelligent person will watch? She has spent years boring the crap out of the higher gene-pool with her opinion news. Her only save here is that maybe she'll suck in some of the daytime "View" watchers. That will be a cat fight worth not watching. I put the rating on this idea as FAIL!

1173 days ago


Yes, 3:00 is GH, which has been rumored to be canceled, too. ABC is going to be quite SOL when all of these talk shows, for which they're dumping long-established shows, go belly up. I hope the advertisers are smarter than the ABC execs.

1173 days ago


She will be lucky to get one half of the viewers that GH has.

1173 days ago


Sounds like a bust.

1173 days ago

Don Pedro    

I started to I am one of the seven official viewers tha*****ched Couric...but even I won'*****ch her in the future and if my dog walks away from the TV...she'll be down to 5 official viewers.

1173 days ago

American Mom    

Brian Frons said General Hospital will not be going any where for a very long time. That is a very wise decision. As long as General Hospital is still on, everythings grand. It sounds as if boring Katie will be on 3pm west coast time. That was Oprahs time. General Hospital is on at 2pm west coast time and that is really one of the main reasons Oprah did so well, all the General Hospital viewers left the tv on after they watched their beloved soap. There is an enormous following for General Hospital and always will be. Let's remember now that this wonderful soap made TV history and is part of the American way of life. Long live General Hospital!

1173 days ago

Diane Holms    

I am sick of her retire she has enough money

1173 days ago
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