Katie Couric on leaving CBS: No decision yet
April 13th, 2011
02:17 PM ET

Katie Couric on leaving CBS: No decision yet

It was almost like old times again on the "Today" show Wednesday as Katie Couric sat down with her former co-host Matt Lauer.

Although her purpose for being there was to talk about her new book, "The Best Advice I Ever Got," of course Lauer had to ask her about the rumors that she's ready to depart "CBS Evening News" when her contract ends this summer.

The speculation has been building that Couric might have her sights set on a syndicated talk show - possibly even with Lauer himself, the New York Times suggested - but Couric repeatedly told her former co-worker that she still doesn't know what she's going to do, although she is excited about the future.

"I love doing my job at the CBS Evening News, I really do," Couric said. "I really haven’t [made a decision]. I’m in the middle of figuring out where would be the best place for me; what would be the best job for me."

In fact, she said, the right place could still be with CBS. “I’ll call you as soon as I know," Couric joked.

Not that she's enjoying the persistent guesses on her next move.

"I don’t love this part of it, but I also don’t want to feel pressured by outside forces to make a decision quickly," she explained to Lauer. "I want to be methodical and smart about it. You’re the most methodical person I know, and you really think things through, and I want to take a page from your book on that."

So when will Couric put an end to the speculation? A few weeks - "maybe by November." (Again, with the jokes.)

But in the end, that's actually what Couric finds appealing about the idea of syndication. There's "the creative freedom to pick subjects, to really dig deep, to really have a smart, intelligent conversation," Couric said. "It might be nice to have a little more wiggle room for me to show my personality."

Whatever Couric's next move may be, the 54-year-old says she can look back on the past five years with nary a regret. "I love doing the 'Evening News,' it’s such a privilege and honor to be in that position, and it’s such a responsibility as well."

True, "I faced a lot of criticism early on," she admitted, but what she learned is that "you really have to be true to yourself, focus on your work and not be influenced by outside naysayers, or in some cases, supporters. You just have to focus on the job at hand. As my dad always told me, do the best you can every single day, so that’s what I try to do."


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  1. WeNeedJournalists

    So... tonight on the CBS evening news (4/14/2011), Katie Couric stated that it is not a problem to "fall asleep on the job" if you work in an office. Is she nuts? No wonder people like her are dragging this country down with their egotistical incompetence; I wonder if she actually claims to be a journalist. Thank you CNN, I hope CBS "releases" her as soon as possible. Walter is rolling over in his grave. Send her to Martha's Vineyard with a window seat; that is her real dream.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jdd

    I'm in the military and therefore in the business of protecting our freedoms, including freedom of speech. After reading some of the hateful and disturbing comments people have written here, as well as other places, makes me concerned how such freedoms are actually used.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Head Diva In Charge

    @uncle fudge you comment got me wet and so turned on.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. nks

    Cnn needs to censor the comment language in her Most commenters here need to express themselves in a more mature manner

    April 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nks

    The Today show has not been the same or as good since Katie departure. Katie Couric is very good in a more natural setting, I lke her but just could not watch CBS evening news. Its because her bubly personalitywas absent. I heard rumors that Laur and she did not get along behind the sceneson Today. That may or may not be true. But when on camera they compliment each other. This takes nothing from Lauer or Couric. I would love to see them back on the Today show or in a new format together. Off screen they can go their separate ways but I don'tthink they even know how good they are together

    April 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Maybe she could go find a job in Israel where she belongs.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hmmm...

    Superhiro & ?,What other blogs should I check out? I stumbled on this 1 awhile back about AmericanIdol. This is just "too intelligent" for me! LOL

    April 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Quantavious Smith

    If Katy dates darkies then where is my date, B!TCH!

    April 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hmmm...

    Wow! Katie Couric brings out the best in people!!

    April 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Superhiro

    What'd I tell ya? ^ It's like clockwork.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Devon Smith

    Oh look at her being so cordial. I would love to punch that bytches lights out.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kwami Allstar

    Couric likes to prepare a nice chunky stinky stew then eat all of if herself.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ?

    Waaaaay too funny !! And true !!! Keep up the good work!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Superhiro

    @ ? Yea, seems that way. Katie Couric stories always seem to draw painfully lame insults from painfully stupid Palin fans.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    I like her. The CEO corporate monster non human. Wants her gone that's what it is I believe

    April 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ?

    Hey Superhiro, the person "above" us sounds so jealous, don't ya think?

    April 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Snaggle Tooth Katy

    "the creative freedom to pick subjects, to really dig deep, to really have a smart, intelligent conversation,"

    She has never had a smart intelligent conversation so this will be something new...TOOTHY BYTCH.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Penis Wrangler

    Katy has a bigger penis than Alexis Arquette and Lady Gaga.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Superhiro

    Wow dude.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |

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