Letterman tries to guilt Katie Couric into staying with 'CBS Evening News'

With Katie Couric’s contract with CBS Evening News due to expire June 4, rumors are again circulating that Couric may choose to leave the anchor desk. And David Letterman is having none of it. During a Late Show appearance Tuesday night, Couric told Letterman she is still figuring out what she wants to do. “Once you take the anchor chair, that’s what you do,” Letterman said. “Is that a CBS law?” Couric laughed. “No, but it’s not like it’s a temp gig.” Evoking names like Walter Cronkite and Peter Jennings, he said anchors, “get in it, they saddle up and they ride into the sunset. Into the sunset!” He told her flat-out she should not leave. “There’s a period of adjustment to get accustomed to the trust and build up faith in the character of the person presenting the news. And then you can’t just pull the rug out from under the viewers.”

“Okay,” Couric said sheepishly. “Okay, Dave.” Then they both laughed.

A rep for CBS Evening News had no comment on when the network expects a decision from Couric. Couric’s personal rep tells EW, “As Katie said, she is proud of the award-winning accomplishments of her team at CBS, but has not made a decision on her future.” When rumors circulated last October that Couric may leave CBS, 24 percent of readers responding to a PopWatch poll on her next move said she should stay with CBS Evening News, 19 percent suggested she return to Today, and 57 percent said she should do something entirely different. 

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  • Dirk

    From what I’ve read, if she wants to stay in the anchor chair, she has to take a big paycut. That’s probably why it’s a tough decision for her.

  • cv

    Make her stay, Dave! Make her stay!

  • Barack Palin

    I think Katie should get her own talk show like Ellen DeGeneres or Wendy Williams. She could be the next Oprah; heck, she could even reploace Oprah.

  • Joe the Machinist

    What does this article have to do with Glee?

  • Brandon

    “With Katie Couric’s contract with CBS Evening News due to expire June 4, rumors are again circulating that Couric may choose to leave the anchor desk.”

    Haha, sure. (eye roll) Did Katie’s PR person write this article? I highly doubt this has anything to do with Katie’s choice, more likely CBS WON’T bring her back because her ratings are horrible. She’s lost something like 3 million viewers since she took over, which is pathetic, but even more so considering she makes like $15 Mil/year.

  • Chris

    Gary Busey should do the news and come up cool acronyms about fear.

    • Chris

      come up WITH cool acronyms about fear. As Craig Ferguson would say, “I look forward to your corrections.”

  • Bob R

    ABC and NBC really want her to stay. I never understood how she got the job in the first place. Every time she did a serious piece on Today, she came out looking like a moron

  • BubbaT

    About time. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out you overpaid prostitute.

    • pdog

      Are you 5 years old?

  • g hutch

    Have followed Curic since her Pentagon days, and would love to see her go someplace where her personality can shine. Anyone can read news, But Katic can make me laugh, and that’s a very rare quality. I’d love to see her replace Jay or move to a venue where Katie can just be Katie!

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