Despite indications that former “Today” regular Katie Couric was headed back to the NBC morning program as a guest host, that plan is now dead, reports the New York Post’s Page Six. The publication reports that the arrangement was quashed because Couric insisted on a longer run and network executives refused.
Couric was asked to be a guest host for one day, returning to the side of Matt Lauer while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, the story notes.
“We hear NBC offered one-day stints to Couric and other special guests, including Jane Pauley and Barbara Walters. But Couric turned it down, saying she wouldn’t accept a one-day role,” the publication reports. “Well-placed NBC sources say Couric insisted on a longer relationship of up to two weeks” and executives balked.
A representative for Couric said, “She loves the folks at ‘Today’ and is flattered by the speculation, but nothing has changed.” Representatives for “Today” had no comment.