Will Katie Couric Sign Off the Evening News in June?

By: From TheWrap
By: From TheWrap

NEW YORK (CBS) -- CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is likely to step down as the anchor of the newscast this summer, but could stay with the network as a regular on "60 Minutes" and the host of a daytime talk show, a person familiar with the situation told TheWrap.

Couric, whose five-year contract ends in June, is not expected to make any decision for several weeks about whether to stay with CBS. Several other networks have expressed interest in her.

Eyebrows were raised last week on CBS's "Late Show" when David Letterman posed the question to Couric: 'You can't leave the network, can you?'

The New York Post reported Monday that Couric was offered the "60 Minutes" job. If she accepts it, the show could have two full-time talk show hosts in its bullpen: Couric and contributor Anderson Cooper, who is launching his own talk show in the fall.

That would put the two in the odd position of working together on "60 Minutes" while competing to fill the daytime talk void left by Oprah Winfrey's exit. Winfrey will end her syndicated show May 25 to focus on the OWN Network. Cooper's show is already set to take over Winfrey's time slots in several markets.

Couric's original CBS deal called for her to contribute "60 Minutes" pieces, but she apparently has not been able to contribute as much as she would have liked. Couric's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, said there was no news about her plans.

"Katie's on a long-planned vacation with her family this week and hopefully people can take time off from the speculation, too," he told TheWrap.

Representatives for CBS and Cooper did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


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