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TOM LLAMAS: And when you’re reading the book, you realize why you were so successful. It is so funny, so relatable in the beginning. You’re so self-deprecating. But then you also sort of notice a change. And I think it sort of happens when you decide to leave the Today show. And so when I was reading this, I wanted to ask you, do you think you changed? Do you think the person that became so successful in the Today show became a different person when you decided to leave?
KATIE COURIC: I don’t, really. I mean, I think I wanted to try something new and have a new challenge. I loved my years on the Today show. It’s such a great job and it’s so much fun and the people are so wonderful. But, no, I don’t really think I changed at all.
LLAMAS: The fame and the money, you don’t think it changed you?
COURIC: No, I don’t think so. I really don’t. I’m essentially the same person who I’ve always been. You know, I think it’s hard because, you know, you get all these forces and, you know, you feel like, gosh, this is – this is a lot to handle. And I think there were times when probably the hubris got to me. I think it gets to everybody and you have to kind of level set.
But I think I’ve always had my priorities straight and I think that when my husband died and my sister died, I realized very quickly what really matters is, you know, your family and the people who are closest to you.
But I think the problem is probably I didn’t change enough when I went to CBS. I was more of a product of the Today show and NBC and I think it was a real culture clash. I don’t think people internally really accepted me. And I thought we were much further along when it came to sexism because I enjoyed such a great position at the Today show. I thought America was really ready for a female anchor of the Evening News. And I think we were just not as far along as I naively thought, I think.
AL ROKER: You mean the folks at CBS?
COURIC: Both internally, but also externally. You know, I’m not sure if the country was ready for a female anchor. Maybe they weren’t just ready for me as a female anchor because of their perceptions of me. But I really went there to say a woman can do this job with confidence and competence. And that’s really what motivated my decision, not because, oh, I’m – you know, I mean, I was doing great here.
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