Katie Couric has spoken out against CBS, saying she felt “liberated” after she left the network.
Couric said her employers made her five years with the network miserable because they were projecting their issues on to her. She claims she had to bite her tongue in order to deal with the work environment.
In an interview in the September issue of Good Housekeeping, Couric said she is proud of the work she did at CBS, but that it wasn’t the right environment for her, and it wasn’t a good fit for her personality and sensibilities. Couric said, “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.’”
Couric has since moved to ABC, where is she making $40 million a year. While she was at CBS, she agreed to a five-year, $75 million a year deal. She became the first female to anchor an American TV news show alone, after having taken on the responsibilities of CBS Evening News from Walter Cronkite. She was the anchor and managing editor for Evening News from September 2006 to May 2011.
With Couric as its anchor, Evening News won several awards, including four Emmys, two Edward R. Murrow awards, the Walter Cronkite award and the George Polk award.
Prior to moving to CBS, Couric spent 15 years on NBC’s Today show, hosting alongside Matt Lauer.
Katie Couric’s new talk show Katie will premiere on ABC on September 10. Her first guests will be Sheryl Crow and Jessica Simpson. Other guests will include Sofia Vergara, 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James, Aimee Copeland and Barbra Streisand.