Katie Couric’s infamous interview with Sarah Palin in 2008 may have left the ex-candidate smarting for some time, but that doesn’t mean the former network reporter doesn’t know a good newsmaker when she sees one: Couric told TV writers today in Los Angeles that she’s extended an invite to the ex-Alaskan governor to appear on her new talk show when it bows Sept. 10.
Couric also has asked the President and Mitt Romney to be guests on Katie, her new daytime syndicated show in which she’s hoping to “roll up her sleeves and let conversations breathe.” “Daytime is an exciting opportunity to build something from scratch, to shape a program that tackles things that are important,” Couric said.
Couric may relish the opportunity to have Palin as an ally, rather than a competitor: Earlier this year, both women guest hosted on the morning talk shows and Palin ended up attracting more viewers when she filled in on Today. Palin got 5.5 million while Couric only averaged 5.1 million while helping out on Good Morning America).
While talking up her new show, Couric also reflected on Ann Curry’s ouster from Today. “My heart was breaking for her that morning when she shed a tear,” Couric said. “I don’t like to see someone disappointed. When you have that happen on a public state it’s hard to be that person and its hard to watch. I’m confident she will go on and do great things.”