Meredith Vieira: "Not Surprised" by Katie Couric's CBS Departure
From one Today Show star to another...
When Katie Couric confirmed her departure from CBS News on Tuesday, her many admirers took it as a sign of even greater things to come -- including Meredith Vieira, who became co-anchor on the Today Show in 2006, when Couric left to anchor CBS' Evening News.
"I only wish her the best. I just found out today," Vieira, 57, tells Us Weekly. "I'm not surprised. I'm sure it's a decision that she took a long time making. Whatever she does, she'll do it very well."
Vieira is rumored to be in the midst of career changes herself; earlier this month, it was reported that she may leave The Today Show in September when her contract runs out. Her co-anchor Matt Lauer is also said to be mulling a departure -- and could reteam with Couric, 54, for a new series.
"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 said in a statement Tuesday. "In making the decision to move on, I know Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."
"I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling," she added. "The bottom line is that I love doing all kinds of different stories. I have a lot of areas of interest and I want to be able to fulfill all of that."