If you have a problem with everyone you come across during your professional life, the problem is probably you.
While there are exceptions, I think we can all surmise Katie Couric isn’t one of them. Couric, the former “Today” host on NBC News, made history when she became the first woman to host a network nightly newscast solo on “CBS Evening News.” She then made history when she quit the job in 2011.
While she stayed at CBS a full five years, it probably felt like less time because no one was watching at the end. As The Atlantic noted at the time of her departure from the $15 million-a-year job, she exited with half the audience she had when she started out. That’s not exactly girl power in action.
Couric’s career never recovered, as stints with ABC News and Yahoo’s streaming video division didn’t pan out. The 64-year-old hasn’t had a serious job on the network airwaves since 2017. (A spot in the parade of “Jeopardy” guest hosts back in March hardly counts.)
So, traditional network avenues are closed off to her. There aren’t enough irrelevant former search engine giants with streaming video platforms willing to give her multimillion-dollar contracts, no matter how predictably liberal her politics are.
What to do? Write a scorched-earth tell-all, of course. She just shouldn’t expect to plug it on CBS.
According to New York Post Page Six writers Emily Smith and Sara Nathan, Couric has been banned from the network after excerpts from the memoir “Going There” surfaced in various publications. She had been booked on “CBS This Morning” with Gayle King, Smith and Nathan reported, but when CBS News honchos learned what was in the book, they decided against letting her take up national network airtime to promote it.
In the book, Couric claims former CBS News head Les Moonves wanted to shuffle her off to the network’s morning show as her evening news ratings bombed, but she refused.
“‘We’ve been thinking about you and what you’re good at. The evening news really doesn’t give you a place to showcase your talent.’ Oh, boy, here it comes … ‘Would you be interested in going to the morning show?’ he said. ‘You’re so great at it, and they could really use