Katie Puts Exit Rumors to Rest – for Now
12/09/2005 AT 08:45 AM EST
"I know there's a great deal of speculation, and while I appreciate the interest, kind of, my contract (with NBC) ends in May, and I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do," Couric said during a conference call to the press on Thursday to celebrate Today's 10-year run as network TV's top-rated morning program.
Of the recent news stories analyzing her possible future, she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter: "There's been a lot of things out there. I don't know where people are getting them, but I wanted to let you all know that so we didn't have to play games with this call, because there's really nothing to announce and nothing to report."
With Today costars Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker in attendance during the press call, Couric declined to address published reports that CBS would not only have her sit in Dan Rather's old desk (currently occupied by interim anchor Bob Schieffer, 68), but also insert her into 60 Minutes, all at an annual salary reputedly in the neighborhood of $20 million for five to seven years.
"I'm fortunate to have a couple of opportunities to think long and hard about," said Couric, who turns 49 in January.