If this bit of news turns out to be true, it's quite an indictment on the state of Katie Couric's daytime talk show. According to New York Daily News, Katie's low ratings make it vulnerable to cancellation, but if the show gets axed " viewers could soon see the peppy TV queen replacing Barbara Walters on The View."
One tipster says network honchos believe the timing is perfect for a switcheroo — as soon as Walters decides to go, Couric could seamlessly step in, with the network making it look like Babs had appointed her own successor.
So let me get this straight. Couric flopped as anchor of CBS Evening News, her expensive daytime talk show could soon be cancelled—while The Talk is nipping at The View's stilettos in the ratings—and Disney-ABC thinks Couric would be a good fit for The View? It doesn't make sense, but I'm sure it will cost more than a few dollars. READ MORE
To kick off the sophomore season of Katie, the talk show host chatted with rapper Lil Wayne about his recent health scare. The rap superstar discussed his seizures with Couric, who asked him if his addiction to drinking "sizzurp" (cough syrup containing codeine, a soft drink and a piece of Jolly Rancher) was the reason for his health problems earlier this year. Check out what Weezy has to say after the jump! READ MORE
Things could be a little awk-ward the next time Chelsea Handler has her two BFFs, Katie Couric and Jennifer Aniston, over for dinner at the same time. During Aniston's recent appearance on Chelsea Lately, Handler informed her pal that Couric had asked about Aniston's engagement to Justin Theroux, when Handler appeared on Katie. Quipped Aniston:
"Is she a legitimate journalist? Is she getting tabloid-y? Wasn't she on The Today Show?"
Things are not okay in Katie Couric’s queen-dom, at least if you believe published reports. According to The New York Daily News, Couric isn't thrilled about her daytime talk show's shift towards a more “gossip-centric” format once the second season begins.
The newspaper alleges Couric wants to be taken more seriously and nearly quit the freshman talk show after the first season. Once newly-cemented executive producer Rachel Miskowiec was hired, Couric was reportedly promised the show would tackle gritty news, as well as lighter content. The paper claims:
Katie comes from a world of TV journalists that think appealing to the lowest common denominator — celebrity — is cheap.