Katie Couric doesn’t mince words when she talks about her time at CBS in an interview released today with Good Housekeeping magazine.
Couric talked with the magazine as she readies for her new syndicated daytime talk show, “Katie,” which premieres Sept. 10. She talked about what she hopes to accomplish with the new show, but also reflected on her time on CBS’s flagship evening news broadcast.
The Huffington Post reports: “When asked about her time at CBS anchoring ‘CBS Evening News,’ Couric said that she felt ‘really proud of the work [she] did,’ but was quick to point out the challenges. … She described feeling ‘constrained’ while she worked at CBS, and therefore ‘liberated’ when she left the network after five years.”
Couric left NBC’s “Today” show, where she had been for 15 years, to try her hand as anchor and managing editor for the CBS broadcast. During her stay, despite Emmys and other honors for her show, CBS saw rivals ABC and NBC pull further ahead in the ratings.
“During the GH interview, Couric said, ‘I had an ultimate sense of satisfaction. But I was not ambivalent about feeling this wasn’t the place for me for the rest of my career. It wasn’t the right environment for me. In terms of the atmosphere, it wasn’t a good fit for my sensibilities and personality,’" Huffington Post reports.
The report adds: “Known for her direct and perky personality, Couric added, ‘I’m not a quitter. There were times when I thought to myself, Gee, do I need this? But I thought, You know what? I can do this job as well as anyone. If people are projecting their own issues onto me, that’s not my problem.’"