November 5th, 2012
Katie Couric Admits She Had Low Expectations For Her Talk Show! Question Is, Will It Find Its Footing?
In a new piece out today from the New York Daily News, Katie Couric admits she had low-expectations for herself with her new talker, Katie, especially when compared to Oprah Winfrey and taking over her time slot.
Couric stated “I certainly didn’t have high expectations for myself. I wanted to do a show that I thought was interesting, compelling and enlightening, and while I knew that there were going to be some inevitable comparisons to Oprah Winfrey, I tried to throw water on them every chance I got.”
Already with less than two months on the air, while Katie stumbled in the ratings a bit, there had also been persistent reports that her EP, Jeff Zucker is going to leave his post and head up CNN! Couric weighed in by saying, “I only want the best for Jeff. He’s been a great friend to me and a very trusted colleague — and that’s something that’s hard to find. Right now he’s giving the show 110%. And I think he and I work really well together. We collaborate well, and I think that until that changes, that’s what I’m going to focus on.” Zucker, who is in the control room for every taping of Katie
, declined to comment.
Katie also now harkens back to her hard news days with a special episode today on Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath, where she chronicles her weekend visit to Staten Island and the Rockaways, sharing “I am a news person in my heart of hearts. It was very important for me to get out and see what was going on firsthand and try to share the human side of this story. Until you talk to the people most affected by it, you can’t understand the true impact of this storm.”
So where do you stand on Katie’s talk show? Have you watched it? What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy her as a interviewer and host? Do you think the series is in trouble? Weigh in!