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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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46.

fargone    

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.

1131 days ago
47.

LoudMouth    

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?

1131 days ago
48.

Crazy Head    

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

1131 days ago
49.

Dave    

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.

1131 days ago
50.

Duane    

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"

1131 days ago
51.

Ih8Taxes    

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

1131 days ago
52.

Lauren    

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

1131 days ago
53.

lucy    

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

1131 days ago
54.

msdawndawn    

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!

1131 days ago
55.

Whatevs    

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.

1131 days ago
56.

ERP    

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

1131 days ago
57.

Rain    

Sounds like a bust.

1131 days ago
58.

Don Pedro    

I started to protest...as 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.

1131 days ago
59.

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!

1131 days ago
60.

Diane Holms    

I am sick of her retire she has enough money

1131 days ago
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