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CBS News' Katie Couric officially confirmed what we all knew was coming today:

She is leaving CBS News.

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"I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I've done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning," she told People.

What does the future hold for Couric exactly?

"In making the decision to move on, I know that the 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 says, though when and where are "still being discussed."

There is still an offer on the table for Couric to stay at CBS with a syndicated talk show and a role on 60 Minutes, but they're not the only interested party.

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Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were back together today, ON Today, if only for a day. The latter interviewed the former, who left the NBC show five years ago.

The CBS News anchor, who's rumored to be leaving her post, seemed less than 100 percent sure of that this morning when asked about her career plans.

Matt, who's also talking about a job change (some think he's just posturing for a big payday), spoke with his former co-anchor about her new book as well.

Here's Katie talking to Matt about The Best Advice I Ever Got and more:

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Katie Couric's replacement on the CBS Evening News will be Scott Pelley, a veteran journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent, according to reports.

Pelley is the choice of CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who became Chairman in February on the condition he could decide who takes the desk.

He believes Scott is well-liked and respected by his bosses, and just as significantly, there really is no second choice who appeals to CBS bosses.

Couric is leaving the desk to do a syndicated show at the network, but may maintain a news presence. What do you think of her replacement?

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Scott Pelley will soon replace Katie Couric as CBS News anchor.

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Five years after taking the reins of the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric is moving on to other projects this summer, according to multiple news reports.

Couric’s contract with CBS runs through June 4.

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A network executive told the news organization that Couric will launch her own syndicated talk show in 2012, on a channel that's yet to be determined.

Despite a wave of publicity when she initially left Today for CBS News in 2006, Couric’s ratings have never lived up to her reported $15 million salary.

Katie and CBS consistently trail Brian Williams of NBC and Diane Sawyer at ABC in viewership. The network has not officially confirmed Couric's exit.

“We’re having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric,” said CBS News spokeswoman Sonya McNair. “We have no announcements to make at this time."

"Until we do, we will decline comment on rumor or speculation.”

Updated reports say she's in serious talks with CBS, NBC and CNN, and that her reps are talking to ABC about a deal as well, but that's a long shot.

Katie's exit from CBS Evening News is "not 100 percent" but it's just a matter of time before Katie announces her departure in the coming weeks.

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If you watched last night's Glee, you knew as soon as Katie Couric's hilarious cameo was over that Dina Lohan would be whining by close of business Monday.

Like clockwork, a "friend" of Dina's (apparently, she has one) says she is "hurt and shocked" by the show's latest jab - this time at Lindsay's mom directly.

Glee, which took shots at Lindsay earlier this season via Gwyneth Paltrow's guest character, and its "constant teasing" have downright offended Dina now.

If you don't watch Glee, here's the long and short of it: Katie (as herself) interviewed Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester after she had been named Loser of the Year.

As Katie recounted all the losers Sue bested out for the title, Dina Lohan's name was among them. She is pissed. Her ex, Michael Lohan, also begged to differ.

In Michael's case, though, he thinks Glee just didn't go far enough.

Michael told sources that Dina "deserves a lot worse of a title after all she has done to destroy the relationships with my kids and entire family." How kind.

He calls the people Dina surrounds herself with "the epitome of losers."

You'd think with Lindsay's pending felony charge, they'd focus on ... oh wait, no you wouldn't. All these people do is whine about their pathetic lives instead of taking responsibility or establishing themselves as upstanding citizens through action.

Way to go, losers! Watch the clip after the jump:

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This is both hilarious and incredible.

The following clip is courtesy of a break during Today Show filming in 1994. In it, hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel disagree on the meaning of the "at" symbol and ask producers a question: What the heck is the Internet?!?

It's astounding to think about, really. As recently as 16 years ago, major network anchors had no clue about the World Wide Web. Fast forward fewer than two decades and even Sarah Palin has this thing mastered. Amazing.

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Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer are teaming up to Stand Up to Cancer for the second time in three years.

The charitable telecast, which raised $100 million in the fall of 2008, will air on September 10.

The inaugural broadcast's lineup featured such A-list stars as Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Garner.

Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer

"Stand Up To Cancer is a populist movement," said Couric. "People of all ages are getting involved... Not only people who have cancer or who are dealing with it, but young people who want a cancer-free world in their future – we really think that's finally attainable."

Added Sawyer: "The broadcast is a way of saying, 'Together, we can do this.' And yes, we're losing one person every minute, but 11 million survivors are out there; living proof that this can be done."

Tune in September 10 and help raise money for this important cause.

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Well, this is one way to help CBS News climb out of the ratings basement. Who knew Katie Couric looked so good - and could get low on the dance floor?

Pictures posted on her 18-year-old daughter's Facebook page (she is soo grounded) shows the CBS Evening News anchor grinding in a short black skirt.

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The occasion for Katie Couric dancing provocatively on a rooftop of Manhattan's Hudson Hotel? A 2006 party celebrating her taking over CBS' newscast.

As you can see, Katie sure can bust a move ...

CBS News' Katie Couric does a little dirty dancing.

The pictures, while nothing you wouldn't normally see at a wedding or pretty much any party, are nonetheless eyebrow-raising for a journalist of her stature.

In response, Couric's rep, Matthew Hiltzik said "Katie had a good time dancing with her daughters - they choreographed the dance and had fun doing it."

These images beg the eternal question: What would Walter Cronkite think? More importantly, what do you think of the Katie Couric dancing photos?

 

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Katie Couric is known for being a trustworthy news source.

But her daughters, Ellie and Carrie, appear to really be in the know when it comes to the boob tube.

"They watch The O.C.," Couric told People magazie. "They're very excited about Gossip Girl. I don't think they pay a lot of attention to the news right now. They're 16 and 11."

These insightful words came Tuesday at Washington, D.C.'s National Press Club to veteran journalist and scholar Marvin Kalb. Couric said of her daughters:

"They do watch my broadcast occasionally. I give them a pop quiz when I come home for dinner."

Overall, the CBS news anchor is afraid she isn't being taken seriously due to the nature of some of her past Today segments.

"Suddenly when I was put in a format where it was [not] personality-driven at all, I think it was a bit of an adjustment for people."

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Thanks to People magazine for collecting the following ...

"I have bruises all over. That's why I haven't worn shorts."
â€" Lindsay Lohan, on her recent pole-dancing lessons

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"It's more relaxing there. You can go to a coffee shop in your sweatpants and no one cares. Though everyone in my hometown thinks Hollywood is so small. They think I live next door to J.Lo and hang out with Leonardo DiCaprio."
â€" Maxim's January cover girl, Lacey Chabert, on coming home to Mississippi

"You have to be unwavering in your convictions that you're doing something good, because there are a lot of circling vultures that will eat you alive."
â€" CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, telling Esquire that she feels some people are rooting for her to fail in her new job

"There's a good chance that I'll do something like that again ... Not on purpose."
â€" Rosie O'Donnell, apologizing for offensive comments on The View that outraged the Asian-American community

"It's the first time I've ever felt bad that somebody didn't win. It was so evenly matched."
â€" Jeff Probst, on his feelings about the Survivor finale and winner Yul Kwon

"Have you folks seen the new Mel Gibson movie, Apolcalypto? Well, it's apparently â€" the whole movie is in ancient Mayan, and I'm thinking to myself, 'If I want to see a movie that's incomprehensible in language, well, I'll just go see Rocky Balboa.' "
â€" David Letterman
"I've only known her for, like, seven days, but I have a connection with her that's like nothing else I've ever experienced."
â€" Aaron Carter, on his girlfriend, singer Kaci Brown

"I'm still nursing, and I think it gives you superhuman powers."

â€" Gwen Stefani on her energy level since giving birth to her son Kingston in May

"I'm going to the show if I can waddle out of the house. I don't know what kind of tent they are going to put me in. I'm thinking black or navy. It's not going to be a high-fashion year for me. And I'm thinking barefoot. I deserve it."
â€" Pregnant Golden Globe nominee Marcia Cross, on her preparations for the ceremony

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