Katie Couric announces CBS exit

Confirming the suspicions of pretty much everybody, CBS News anchor Katie Couric officially announced on Tuesday that she’s leaving “CBS Evening News.”

“I have decided to step down from the ‘CBS Evening News,'” Couric told People magazine in an exclusive interview. “I’m really proud of the talented team on the ‘CBS Evening News’ and the award-winning work we’ve been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I’ve done for ’60 Minutes’ and ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’ In making the decision to move on, I know the ‘Evening News’ will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future.”

Though Couric didn’t specify where she’s headed, she said, “I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling.” Details on when and where the show will air are “still being discussed.”

For the past few weeks, news outlets have speculated that Couric would flee CBS after the expiration of her contract in June. Earlier this month, TheWrap reported that NBC, ABC and CNN have all tried to get Couric on board with their networks.

In an April interview with New York magazine, Couric said it wouldn’t kill her to see someone else take her “Evening News” role.

“No, it wouldn’t kill me,” Couric said. “But you can’t necessarily read anything into that. I think I might have felt that way five years before I left the ‘Today’ show.”

Acknowledging rumors that she’s chatted with former president of NBCUniversal Jeff Zucker about working together on a possible future project, Couric said, “We talk a lot and, yes, we’ve been discussing the possibilities. That’s true.”

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  • deweyfromdetroit

    I HOPE for Katie’s sake that the CBS photoshoppers are a little better at their craft than Time magazine’s ‘shoppers: http://www.michellesmirror.com/2011/04/michelle-obama-deconstructing-time.html

  • jiminga

    It was nice of CBS to let her say she is stepping down instead of being knocked down. Thing is, nobody will notice because nobody watches her.

  • JoeJ

    Tea – your hate for 1,000,000,000 Muslims is sick — you are not a Christian or an American patriot.

  • deimos

    Though Couric didn’t specify where she’s headed, she said, “I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling.”

    Your level of storytelling should be volunteering at the local library reading to children. I won’t be watching your new show either, you low rent skank.

  • flips

    Couric’s salary was more than the budgets of NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition combined.

    – Columbia Journalism Review

  • teapartypatriot

    The GOOD news: the pathetic joke of a “reporter/newscaster/anchor” couric leaves.

    The BAD news: the C(ertified)B(iased)S(ocialists)network will replace her with an equally biased, lying, slime-throwing, leftist hussein-loving propagandist.

    Question: obviously, couric’s lips have been surgically attached to “You Lie!” hussein’s A** for some time. Will they be removed once she leaves her current job? That would free up space for the lips of her replacement, and we all know that because there are so many lamestream,socialists in the media, that particular “real estate” is highly overcrowded with lamestreamer lips.

    Soon couric will have time to work on that muslim version of cosby. To get off on the right note, I think the pilot episode should have AT LEAST one beheading of a christian, a jew or an errant female family member — otherwise, it will clearly be an unrealistic portrayal of what muslims actually do (just like cosby was!)