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Katie Couric's ABC talk show 'Katie' has been canceled after just two seasons and will go off the air in six months.

Katie and Disney-ABC released a joint statement, “While production will continue on 'Katie' through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show. We're very proud of everyone's contributions to making Katie the #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.”

The downfall of the show wasn't so much the ratings as it was the cost to keep the show running. Reports suggest that it cost upwards of $50 million to produce after it's 2012 launch. During the second year the annual budget went down to $35 million and that included Katie's wages.

Couric, anticipating the demise of 'Katie,' recently took a job with Yahoo! as a global anchor. The television veteran will be reporting on live world events and will anchor a series of groundbreaking interviews.

She'll earn $6 million a year at Yahoo!, a far cry from the $20 million that she was raking in during her two year talk show gig.

Katie tweeted a note to her fans:

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Katie announced her engagement this past summer to financier John Molner, her boyfriend of two years. They will reportedly tie the knot sometime in 2014.

katie and her fiance john

Couric has two daughters, Ellie, 22, and Carrie, 17.  Their father, lawyer Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42.

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katie couric hired by yahoo

ABC daytime talk show host Katie Couric will be switching gears in January 2014 when she begins her new job as global anchor for the Internet company Yahoo.

CEO Marissa Mayer of Yahoo announced that Couric "will lead a growing team of correspondents at Yahoo News who will cover the world's most interesting stories and newsmakers."

She added, "Katie's depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and her charisma make her the perfect choice to anchor Yahoo News and the whole Yahoo Network.  Her unmatched energy, savvy, and versatility enables her to connect with audiences across the globe."

The host of 'Katie' released this statement, "It's very exciting to be a part of a leading company at the intersection of content and technology.  I have great admiration for Marissa Mayer and her team and their commitment to bringing news, entertainment and information to the Yahoo community across multiple platforms."

Katie will continue to host her syndicated daytime show on ABC through the remainder of season two -- slated to end at the end of July 2014.  No decision has been made regarding a possible third season but sources close to the situation indicate that it will be two and out for the 'Katie Show.'

The former ABC News correspondent announced her engagement this summer to financier John Molner, her boyfriend of two years.

katie and her fiance john molner

Couric has two daughters, Ellie, 22, and Carrie, 17.  Their father, lawyer Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42.

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Newly-engaged Katie Couric, 56, and her fiance John Molner took in some tennis action Wednesday night at the U.S. Open in New York, their first public appearance since announcing their plan to wed.

The television talk show host was sporting a diamond engagement ring that has her beaming with obvious delight.

She had this to say about getting engaged in East Hampton over the Labor Day weekend, "I was stunned.  It took a long time for my brain to process what was going on."

Katie tweeted, "Yes it's true!  So touched by all the kind tweets & warm wishes - thank you!  A great end to the summer."

katie courics engagement sparkler

Molner, 50, is an executive in the mergers and acquisitions group at Brown Brothers Harriman in Manhattan.

His fiancee was widowed 15 years ago when her husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer.  Daughters Ellie, 22, and Carrie, 17, posed with their famous mom in late 2012 for the Got Milk ad campaign:

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katie couric and john molner engaged

Katie Couric and her boyfriend of two years, John Molner, got engaged over the Labor Day weekend.

The perky television talk show host confirmed through her rep that "Molner popped the question with a spectacular diamond ring at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, N.Y."

They were last publicly photographed a week ago taking in a US Open Tennis championship match in Flushing, New York.

He is head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman.  She went public with their relationship in April 2012, telling a reporter, "He's great. He's from Chicago. I love Midwesterners!"

Couric has been a widow since 1998, when her husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer.  She has raised their two daughters as a single parent for the past 15 years.

Ellie Monahan is 21 and her younger sister Carrie is 17.

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katie and her boyfriend at us open

ABC television personality Katie Couric and her boyfriend of one year, financier John Molner, took in the action at the US Open at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York last night.

She tweeted a photo with Lithuanian player Ricardas Berankis, who lost his match to the top seed.  Katie captioned the shot, "Just got beaten by Djokovic? How 'bout a hug? #USOpen"

katie hugged tennis loser ricardas berankis

The 56-year-old journalist was rocking some seriously funky pants with a sporty navy blazer.  Fashion hit or miss?
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Molner, 50, is head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York.  He hooked up with Katie after she ended a five year live-in relationship with Brooks Perlin, who was 17 years younger.

Couric's  husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998.  During his career, he covered law for NBC News.

When asked if she would consider walking down the aisle again, KC didn't rule it out.  "Maybe.  I always thought I would remarry after my husband died but at this point, with my daughters grown, I'm not sure.  But I would totally be open to it."

The perky host of 'Katie' has two daughters, Ellie, 22, and Carrie, 17.

In all fairness to Mr. Molner, it turns out he really CAN smile:

he really can smile

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katie couric seriously ticked kk off

Kim Kardashian took aim at talk show host Katie Couric on social media Friday afternoon with a decidedly pointed message.

The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' reality celeb posted an Instagram photo of a baby gift that came from Barneys New York along with a note that offered congratulations to the new parents and was signed "Fondly, Katie Couric."

She captioned the image with a couple of long-winded hashtags:

"#IHateFakeMediaFriends #MayIHumblySuggestYouNotSendGiftsThenTalkSh*t"

hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

It turns out that Kim wasn't thrilled when Couric recently said during an interview that she doesn't understand why the Kardashians are so famous.  She isn't the first to beg the question and most certainly won't be the last.

KK, who usually tries to take the high road in such matters, isn't feeling so inclined.  We find it interesting that aside from promoting 'KUWTK' on Sundays and offering a few birthday congrats, she has had very little contact with her 18 million Twitter followers since the birth of her baby in mid-June.

Perhaps motherhood and being cooped up for two months has altered the mindset of the most marketable of the Kardashian klan.

One of her outspoken sisters was surprised when she read the tweet.  Khloe Kardashian responded, "God I love this new side of u! @kimkardashian"

Katie Couric was quick to respond.  She told E! emphatically, "I've met Kim before and I think she's a really sweet person.  I was responding to a reporter's question, and explaining how I'm intrigued by the public's fascination with her family.  I didn't mean to hurt her feelings.  The gift was genuine, and I'm happy for Kim and Kanye."

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katie couric and daughters got milk

Katie Couric and her daughters Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 17, are the latest celebrities to participate in the 'Got Milk?' campaign.

The girls bookend their talk show host mother as she enjoys breakfast in bed while rocking blue silk pajamas--with the trio sporting the requisite white mustache.

On Friday, Couric will unveil the Mother's Day inspired 'Breakfast Project' on her show 'Katie.'

The former TODAY co-host turned down an offer to appear in a 'Got Milk?' campaign with her children when they were younger because she didn't feel like the time was right but has since had a change of heart.

Katie explained, "They're older.  I'm really proud of them.  I think they've turned into exemplary young women.  I thought this would be something fun.  The girls got to have their hair done and makeup.  We also got to each give money to a charity of our choice."

Another reason Katie opted to participate was because she struggled with bulimia in college and she cares about "healthy eating and healthy body image.  There's so much external pressure to have a certain body type."

Regarding the mustache, Couric revealed that it is an art form and requires "a whole procedure" to get it right.  She admits the concoction tastes like liquid cheesecake.

Check out a behind-the-scenes- look at their 'Got Milk?' photo shoot below:

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clive davis comes out to katie couric1

Music industry executive Clive Davis revealed during an interview with Katie Couric that after a failed marriage in the 80's he discovered that he was bisexual.

Why would an 80-year-old business mogul speak out now?  The music veteran has a book that is set to launch today.  'The Soundtrack of My Life,' released by Simon & Schuster will cover his five decades in the business with shared snippets of a decidedly personal nature.

Davis revealed that after the breakup of his marriage, "I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have a relationship with a man as well as the two that I had with a woman.  I'm also attracted to women.  You don't have to be only one thing or another.  For me, it's the person."

The father of four told Couric that he is currently "in a monogamous relationship."

You can catch the entire interview Tuesday, Feb 19, on the ABC syndicated talk show 'Katie.'

Check out a clip from the interview below:

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katie couric had a hot date with larry king

During a guest appearance last night on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,' Katie Couric dished about her date 25 years ago with Larry King and one she passed up with Michael Jackson.

The host of the ABC talk show 'Katie' was 30 and living in Washington D.C. when she agreed to go out to dinner with the iconic television interviewer who was 23 years her senior.

He drove up to her apartment in a Lincoln Town Car and took her to an Italian restaurant on K Street.  Things progressed well until he decided to take her back to his place afterward.

She was not feeling the same level of interest and joked in mock horror, "What can I say, he lunged.  I started laughing a little because the whole situation was like out of a bad Lifetime movie."

Couric tried to cut his sexual tension, "I said 'Larry, you're such an interesting, nice man, but I would like to meet someone a little closer to my age.'  He said, 'That's okay cause when I like, I really like.'"

We've also included her recollection of a lunch meeting with the late Michael Jackson that was followed the next morning by a call from one of his associates inquiring about her dating status.   She told the handler that she was in a relationship but now wishes she had agreed to go out on a date.

Check out both exchanges on video below:

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leann rimes and katie couric

LeAnn Rimes sat down for an exclusive two-part interview that will air partially Thursday on 'Katie' and in full on Friday during 'All Access Nashville,' a special edition of '20/20.'

Following her 30 day rehab stint for stress and anxiety, LeAnn seemed a bit fragile as she talked about turning 30 and her personal struggles.

Katie got right to the heart of the matter, “The way you and Eddie Cibrian got together…you were married at the time, he was married at the time. And there were a lot of people out there who were not exactly wishing you well."

LeAnn replied, “I wasn't sure if I was wishing myself well at the time.  It was very, very difficult. Um…I wouldn't wish it on anyone…especially in the public eye to go through all of it.”

“I made my choices, you know? I made my choices and I'm living with them. And I also have learned from them and I've talked about this so much. But I know that…I'm not the only person that goes through this. There's so many that do. And there's so much on the new album that I do share.”

Part one of the interview airs this afternoon on 'Katie' followed by the complete interview Friday on ABC at 9 p.m.

View a clip from the interview below:

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