'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Could Katie Couric replace Oprah?
May 24th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Could Katie Couric replace Oprah?

The end of the era is finally here as “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will air its last and final episode Wednesday. As the 25 years of Oprah’s daytime talk show conclude, the big question still remains: Who will win the race to replace her?

Katie Couric is high on the list after leaving “The CBS Evening News” and talks of her hosting her own daytime talk show continue to swirl. While nobody will “replace” Oprah, it’s reasonable to think that a Couric talk show could do very well. Somebody’s going to have to take over that time slot, and Couric is a pretty solid bet to make some noise.

Do you think Katie Couric has what it takes to replace O? Tell me below.

Also on our show tonight…

We have an incredible "Showbiz" Newsmaker interview with comedian and author Adam Carolla, who will sound off on the things that are making us say “That’s Ridiculous!” today.

For example: Donald Trump is now saying he “wouldn’t rule out” a late entry presidential run after announcing just last week that he was NOT running for president. At this point I hope Trump does run just so his opponents can publicly tear him apart and make him pay for wasting so much of our time.

But that's not all "That's Ridiculous": Last night kicked off a new season of “The Bachelorette” as news came out that last season’s “Bachelor” winner Emily Maynard called off her engagement. Since these shows are about finding love and most of the couples don’t end up staying together, are these shows just ridiculous now?

I’m not discounting that it’s possible for people to find true love this way, but think about it. They are television shows and you have got to go in knowing that most of it is just for TV.

See you exclusively tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN!

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. virginia

    Rosie O

    May 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john

    Katie is a journalist, NOT the communicator and mother figure that Oprah was (and will always be). The thing (to me) that made Oprah so engrossing was her ability to share her emotion and compassion. When was the last time you say Katie show crocodile tears for anything touching?

    May 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Susan

    Spare us -please. NO WAY!

    May 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. the_dude

    I bet Sarah Palin is having the last laugh. Couric pretty much killed CBS news she was so awful not even the die-hard liberals would watch her. Now she is not even a journalist anymore she is a talk show host like ricki lake.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      and palin is still a moron – what does that have to do with couric?

      May 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. irving

    I would love to pry her mouth open with a speculum then for days pee and drop turds in the yapper.

    May 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Millie Bea


    May 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    I don't understand the low mentality of some people using these boards. Their blatant racial remarks and venomous words describing politicians or celebrities is unwelcome. Shame on the news medias for allowing people to use these boards to further their hateful intentions.

    May 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    I don't think this should be about "replacing" anyone. The Tonight Show should be a good example of networks trying to "replace" the main character of any show. Katie is liked, she is well educated, has a bond with many women in her audience and, in my opinion, would do well with a talk show. However, it would be a Katie Couric talk show not a replacement for Oprah.

    May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PeeJay

    Katie Couric is a programmed professional – Oprah comes from the heart.

    May 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      PeeJay, I like what you said. I was trying to think of what it is about Katie that would hold her back from being as successful as Oprah and I think you summed it up well. Katie seems like a nice enough person, but maybe because Oprah grew up in a much harsher home environment I also feel she has " more heart".

      May 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Willy

    She's nothing more than a overpaid progressive “yes” person, no real talent and the cutie pie imagine is starting to look real old.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. ian

    Couric couldnt hold Oprahs jockstrap.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Forrest Gump's mama

    the only way she can replace Oprah is by packin on the pounds. eat 1 whole ham, 1 roast chicken every day until you fill out!

    May 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Geb

    Jane Pauley had her own show and it didn't succeed. Katie replaced Chronkite and that didn't go so well. She can't replace Oprah. She might hold on for something new and unique.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim W.

    Katie is a wonderful person. Would love to see her in a talk show.

    May 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. twisted

    People don't like her that much.

    May 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. moon627

    The reason Oprah is so great is that women can relate to her ... Katie Couric may do allright with a talk show but i dont think she'll come close to being on Oprahs level.

    Trump backed out in order to give his show better ratings for the finale. Now that its over his overbloated ego is busting out again.

    The Bachelorette is good for laughs – fun to watch regardless of whether the love will last.

    May 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • penny

      I once saw Katy pull a rat trap, a T-bone steak and a Matchbox City out of her ass.

      May 25, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  17. Peace

    Oh that's just too funny ! Well hopefully they give Lloyd a break & come post their comments ! BTW, good luck to those saps getting their stuff back !!! Good day to ya !

    May 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. The Mad R@p3r

    I saw SG on earlier but yeah everyones probably still sp@nking lloyd somewhere. The apocalypse got postponed according to Camping, its october now. My favorite is him telling the people who gave their stuff away to go ask god about getting it back.

    May 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Peace

    Yup, just what we need, another talk show. Hey The Mad R@p3r, where are all the regulars? The world did not end, so what's up w/that? Are they still beating on L. Christmas or what? (Poor Lloyd! LOL)

    May 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jillmarie

    I'm not surprised Emily and Brad broke up. Some of the guys on The Bachelorette last night said they hoped Emily was on it- too funny! They seemed like their relationship was a disaster. Better luck to Ashley!

    May 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paco

      Maybe Katy should do another show where she slides things up her butthole for us all to see. Like something that will explode and take her out.


      May 25, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  21. The Mad R@p3r

    Poor katie couric, she gets the anchor job right as tv news takes a swim in the john.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • elm

      Couric would first need to gain about 250lbs and grow a penis.

      May 25, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Pedro J. Del Campo

      Yes. I think Katy Couric will do a wonderful job. I think she can replace Oprah. She is talented, well spoken. very inteligent. Congratulations Katie, wishing you the best. I know you will do great. Good luck.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |

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