Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Katie Couric Admits Talk of Syndication with Matt Lauer on “Today”


Katie Couric really came clean this morning on the “Today” show with Matt Lauer this morning. She discussed at length with him what her future will be like after anchoring the “Evening News” on CBS. “I don’t have any regrets, I love doing the Evening News,” Couric told Lauer. But she also talked with him at length about the “criticism” she faced early on.

And you could tell, she’s had enough. She told Matt that she’d like some more “wiggle room” to show off her “personality” by doing a syndicated talk show. It was a bold move in her various negotiations as she elaborated her various interests. Would her show be like Oprah’s or Ellen’s? “You know I’m a good dancer,” she replied, referring to Ellen DeGeneres. So it does that Katie has made her mind up, and all that remains is which offer for syndicated TV she will take.

Interestingly, Katie divulged all this to Lauer, her good friend. She also told him that Barbara Walters was like “pow pow pow” trying to get information from her on “The View,” but Couric didn’t comply. With Lauer, this was all planned, and scripted out to a ‘t’. For Katie, though, this was as close to an announcement as we’ll get for now: she’s done with anchoring the news, and looks pretty psyched about a looming deal.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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