It was all about Katie Couric this morning. We laughed, we cried (Katie cried a lot), we cringed. Poor Katie had a touch of laryngitis this morning. The show, which Katie called called “coverage of moi, ad nauseam,” was all Katie. We witnessed the horrific and sassy hairstyles that Katie sported over the years, reviewed some of her best interviews, the places she visited, and the lives she touched with her colon cancer work.
She was all about gratitude. Katie Couric is grateful for the staff, of which she feels are life long friends. She gives her last goodbyes and praises to Matt, Al and Ann sounding overly sincere. She actually quoted Zoolander during the speech.
We learned that Matt hates the term co-anchors, he prefers the term partners. Matt’s grateful for the laughter on the set of Today. Katie’s also Matt’s perfect journalistic partner. We’ll see how Meredith Viera fits in to all of that.
Couric’s favorite segment, as told to the Washington Post: Barbara Bush was giving her a tour of the White House when President George H.W. Bush walked in, and Couric turned her house tour into a live interview with the Commander in Chief.
After spending 15 years on the top-rated Today, her decision to leave couldn’t have been easy.
“It was an evolution, really,” Couric told the Los Angeles Times recently. “I always would say, ‘Would it kill me if somebody else was doing this instead of me?’ And when my contracts came up, I always thought, ‘I’m just not ready.’ But this last time I was… I do have mixed emotions because I’m going to miss everyone I work with so much. But no matter what happens, I feel really confident that I’ve made the right decision.”
Couric, 49, will be the first woman to officially head up a network evening newscast on her own and, at $15 million a year, will be the highest paid network anchor out there–of any gender.
Even though it is Katie Couric’s last day, she’s not gone yet. We’ll have her back this fall sitting behind the CBS anchor desk.
Katie Kisses “Today” Goodbye [E! Online]