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Katie Couric 'Felt Liberated' After Leaving CBS

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Katie Couric is moving onto a new frontier in September with the launch her new daytime talk show, Katie.

While she was the first woman to ever anchor a weekday network news show alone, she didn't have any problem giving up her CBS gig. In fact, she felt "liberated" when she left!

In a new interview with Good Housekeeping, the television personality revealed that she was actually "constrained" by the network, but explained she did get "an ultimate sense of satisfaction," as she told the magazine:

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Bernie Madoff And Wife Tried To Kill Themselves After Ponzi Scheme Was Made Public

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madoff and wife tried to kill themselvesRuth Madoff has been through SO much.

During a new interview with CBS Evening News, Bernie Madoff's wife Ruth admits to the world that she and her husband tried to kill themselves after the ponzi scheme was revealed.

Here's what she had to say about it:

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Watch Out, Reality TV! Americans Are Watching The News Again!

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And why shouldn't they? There's been SO MUCH going on in the world these days!

For the first time in ten years, evening news broadcasts on NBC, ABC, and CBS have had a collective increase in viewers.

This shouldn't come as a total shocker though, given everything that's been going on in the news lately. We'd imagine the death of Osama bin Laden and the Royal Wedding probs helped bring in lots of viewers.

Here are a couple of noteworthy stats for evening news programs during this quarter:

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Sorry, Scott! Katie Couric's CBS Evening News Replacement Doesn't Bring In The Ratings

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Looks like Katie Couric's replacement is JUST getting by…

Last month, we heard that 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley was taking over Katie's CBS Evening News anchor position, and we were feeling pretty good about it.

Now, Pelley has taken over, and his ratings aren't BAD at all…but they're not anything fantastic.

During his first week, Pelley averaged 5.7 million viewers, which matched Couric's average ratings for May. His ratings were a bit LOWER, though, than the average for Katie's substitute anchor Harry Smith.

Ah well! Hopefully he's able to maintain his current ratings at the very least.

Have U been watching Scott Pelley on CBS Evening News? Do U think he's doing a good job filling Katie's shoes?

[Images via WENN & AP Images.]

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Katie Couric Buys Beautiful Hamptons Home!

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How nice!

As a treat to herself for leaving the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric has just purchased a brand new Hamptons mansion cottage - and for the very reasonable price of $6.3 million!

Check out some photos of the seven bedroom, six bathroom property, which also features a pool, tennis court, and beachside view (above and below)!

Wow! Absolutely stunning, no?

Not exactly a cottage, but hey! Sometimes you just gotta splurge a little!

LOLz!

Enjoy the new digs - and the new job, gurl!

Update: Turns out it's actually not a new purchase. A rep tells PerezHilton.com, "She actually bought the house in the Hamptons a few years ago." Either way, still a great getaway home.

[Images via Hamptons Cottages & Gardens.]

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Katie Couric Says Goodbye To CBS Evening News, Takes A Look Back

So long, Katie!

Check out the video (above) of Katie Couric's sign off from CBS Evening News, where she takes a look back at some of the major stories that she covered during her time at the network.

Guess we'll find out soon what her future plans are..sounds a lot like she'll be headed to ABC.

What did U think of Katie Couric's sign off? Will U miss her on CBS Evening News?

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Daytime Drama! Could Katie Couric Bring About The End Of General Hospital?!?!

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Please don't do it, Katie! This move could mark the end of soap operas as we know it!

Back in April, we were sad to hear that All My Children will be gone forever in September, and One Life to Live will say goodbye in January.

Now, we've learned that Katie Couric MAY be signing a $20 million deal with ABC for a one-hour daytime talk show that would air in General Hospital's timeslot! Nooooooo!!!!!!!

If the deal goes through, Katie's show would start up in September. No word as to whether or not GH would be canceled or put into another time slot, but unfortunately we're NOT optimistic for the show if that happens.

Look, Katie…we understand you're looking for new opportunities now that you've parted ways with CBS Evening News, but soap operas are an extremely endangered species.

Think about it. If you spare GH, you could be a HERO to lots and lots of devoted fans! Enrique Iglesias will sing songs about you! LOLz.

Would U like to see a Katie Couric daytime talk show on ABC? Or would U prefer the continued existence of General Hospital?

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