We consider it unwatchable because we honestly had no idea this empty head was still on the air. After failing spectacularly on the CBS Evening News while being handsomely rewarded, Katie Couric is rapidly headed toward television oblivion, yet can’t let go of the absurd idea she’s an actual journalist.
Katie Couric’s talk show, “Katie,” is taking a turn in the wrong direction — according to her, anyway.
Confidenti@l has learned the syndicated daytime show will be “gossip-centric” in its second season, since a behind-the-scenes shakeup replaced executive producer Michael Morrison with “The Tyra Banks Show” executive producer Rachel Miskowiec.
Couric, who is also a co-executive producer on the show, is upset at being “dumbed down,” a source says, and was set on calling it quits after season one. Then Miskowiec arrived and promised a nice middle ground of hard-hitting news and softer fare — but count on it being more on the light side, says our source.
“If there is one thing Katie hates more than being called ‘perky,’ it’s being called ‘tabloid,’ ” our source says. “She thinks of herself as a serious journalist, covering stories that make a difference. She’s fighting this.”
Couric has made it clear she wants to be taken seriously at work, and at the studio she has even made fun of our culture’s obsession with celebrity.
Ironically, when the cameras are off, no one likes gossip more than Couric, our insider says.
“She knows who is dating who, who is looking for a new job, everything. She reads celebrity websites and can name all ofBrad and Angie’s kids, yet on camera it just makes her cringe,” the source laughs. “She is worried about what Matt Lauer and Diane Sawyer will think. She worked hard to be taken seriously.”