Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Mercifully, the long goodbye, 57 days in the making, ends
Tears Flow As Katie Couric Leaves 'Today'

NEW YORK (AP) -- With co-host Matt Lauer bringing the tissues, the "Today" show threw a going-away party Wednesday for 15-year host Katie Couric, who is leaving to become the next anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

"I'm feeling happy and sad and completely out of control," Couric said, "and you know how much I like that."

Forty-two minutes into the show, Couric couldn't hold back the tears any longer.

The first tear was spotted in the corner of her eye as "Today" talked to six people she had interviewed - an inspiring school principal, a woman brutally raped in Central Park, survivors of the Columbine school shooting and the World Trade Center bombing and parents of a boy who had died of brain cancer.

"In meeting her and talking to her, I felt that it helped heal me as well," said Lauren Manning, who was burned during the terrorist attack.

Couric's parents and two daughters were also in the audience Wednesday for what Couric jokingly called the "celebration of moi."

At the end of three hours worth of tributes, Couric raised a glass of champagne and said, "to everyone in TV land, thanks so much."

Couric's long goodbye began April 5, the 15th anniversary of her first day as Bryant Gumbel's co-host on "Today," when she announced that she would be leaving to accept CBS' offer to replace Bob Schieffer on the evening news. She said the time was right for a new challenge...

Here’s my post at the beginning of America’s long day’s journey into the night(ly news).

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