Katie Couric Signs Off CBS Evening News

Entertainment May. 20, 2011 AT 8:48AM
Katie Couric Signs Off CBS Evening News

It's the end of an era.

Katie Couric, the first woman appointed to anchor a network evening news show solo, signed off the CBS Evening News Thursday after a five-year stint.

"It's been an extraordinary privilege to sit in this chair," Couric said during her final broadcast, which featured segments on President Obama's foreign policy speech, Lance Armstrong and the progress of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Recapping her five years as anchor in a five-minute highlight reel of her interviews with George W. Bush, Alex Rodriguez, Betty White and others, Couric thanked viewers "for coming along with me on this incredible journey.

"That's the CBS Evening News for tonight. I'm Katie Couric. Good night," the anchor, 54, said.

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As Scott Pelley takes over Couric's seat starting June 6, she has yet to reveal her future plans.

"I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do," Couric told Us Weekly. "In making the decision to move on, I know Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."

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On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Couric -- who told Us she seeks to engage in "multi-dimensional storytelling" for her next gig -- is closing in on a deal for a daytime talk show with ABC.

By Allison Corneau for UsMagazine.com. For more Channel Surfing, click here.

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