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Rep: Katie Couric Splits With Brooks Perlin

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Katie Couric and Brooks Perlin have ended their five-year relationship, a rep for Couric confirms to Us Weekly.

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Perlin, 37, is in the process of moving out of Couric's Upper East Side townhome in New York City. The former CBS Evening News anchor — whose husband Jay Monahan passed away from colon cancer in 1998 — met Perlin in 2006 at a cancer research fundraising event at the Louis Licari Hair Salon.

A Couric pal tells Us she initiated the breakup. "Brook's a nice guy, but it was inevitable because they had different priorities and perspectives, and their age difference made it a challenge, too."

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"Katie is someone who is incredibly versatile and accessible and in high demand," the Couric pal adds. "She's available and back on the market."

Despite their recent breakup, a Couric pal tells The New York Post's Page Six they remain amicable. "Brooks is a great person and a real gentleman; he and Katie enjoyed their time together. But after five years, they have decided it was time to go their separate ways."

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Couric, 54,has two daughters with Monahan: college junior Ellie, 20, and high school sophomore Carrie, 15. Her new untitled talk show will premiere in September 2012.

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