With the contracts of both Matt Lauer and Katie Couric soon to expire, the two had some fun bantering when Couric returned to the "Today" show this morning (Wednesday, April 13, 2011), and sat for an interview conducted by Lauer.
Couric was on the show pushing her new book. As you can see in the video below, about halfway through the interview Lauer said, "There is an entire chapter in the book devoted to taking risks, seeking opportunities–have you heard any good rumors lately?"
The two then started laughing as Couric said, "No. Have you?"
Lauer: You haven’t heard anything?
Couric: No. Have you?
Lauer: No. What are you going to do?
One rumor is that Lauer and Couric may get together on a syndicated show. Neither one brought up that rumor.
However, Lauer did ask her if she had actually already decided what to do, but just hadn’t talked about her decision publicly yet. Couric said no, that she had not actually decided what to do. Later she said she hoped to announce a decision "in the next few weeks." Her CBS contract is up at the beginning of June.
Couric also said she had no regrets over the past five years, during which time she was the primary anchor for "CBS Evening News."
Couric did say she was considering a move into first-run syndication and said that what appealed to her about having a daytime talk show was doing "smart, intelligent conversation" that would give her "more wiggle room to show my personality."
Some of the subjects she might like to talk about on such a show would be health, politics and controversial subjects, she said. When Lauer asked what might be the risks of going into syndication she didn’t say what they were, other than mentioning that there was a risk in doing practically anything.