Katie Couric is pissed at Larry King about his choices for successor

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CBS anchorwoman Katie Couric is reportedly fuming at Larry King. Couric considered herself a candidate to replace the 75-year-old when he retires in 2011, but instead, King is looking at either Anderson Cooper or “The View” co-host Joy Behar as his likely successor.

An angry Katie Couric is insulted that Larry King refuses to consider her as a top candidate to replace him on his popular CNN talk show, say sources.

Katie learned “through channels” that the 75-year-old interviewer admires her greatly, but didn’t select her as his No. 1 replacement candidate, or even his No. 2, disclosed a friend a friend of the “CBS Evening News” anchorwoman. King is widely expected to retire after his contract expires in 2011.

Katie, 52, is third on Larry’s wish list – behind CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper and King’s surprising second-place choice, Joy Behar, divulged a source close to Larry.

“Katie’s actually pretty angry,” revealed her friend. “While she respects Anderson Cooper, she regards him as something of a lightweight. When she heard Larry favored Anderson, it bothered her a little bit. When she heard Larry thought Joy would be a better choice, she really flipped out!

“She thinks the world of Joy, but believes she is an entertainer first and certainly not in her league as an interviewer.”

Joy received rave reviews for the Sept. 29 debut of “The Joy Behar Show,” which a New York Post columnist said “could turn out to be the smartest show on television.”

Despite buzz that “American Idol’s” Ryan Seacrest might be in line for the job, Larry has turned thumbs down for the television host.

Confided the King source: “Larry likes Ryan and calls him ‘a super-talented kid,’ but doesn’t think he has a news background to do his job the right way.”

[From The National Enquirer print version, Oct. 19, 2009]

I think there’s only one way to settle this: news anchor rumble! Seriously, though, the only one of those people I’d watch is Anderson Cooper, and even then, I would rather see him on location than sitting at a desk every night. I love how Katie Couric considers Cooper a lightweight! Like she’s any different. Personally, I’d rather have gum surgery than listen to that harpy, Joy Behar. She’s already got two shows! And don’t even get me started on that hyperactive chipmunk known as Ryan Seacrest. He’s way too busy producing hideous reality shows for E! to take a job that would give him some credibility.

Anyway, this whole feud sure marks a change in broadcasting. Remember when all the news anchors wanted to be on the network evening news, and getting a job on a cable channel was considered a bad career move? In other news: Larry King can’t retire fast enough for me.

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  1. princess pea says:

    Lightweight? And Larry is so hard-hitting, right?

    I guess Katie didn’t see his interview with Chris Brown.

  2. birdie says:

    How are those his only choices? Anderson Cooper already has his own show on CNN, and Joy Behar honestly is rather insufferable. I wouldn’t watch her show.

  3. lola says:

    Watch it be Kathy Griffin, who he appears to LOVE. Wouldn’t that just freak KC the F out. LOL

    Lightweight AC?? REALLY? Is she kidding? He actually puts himself in danger. She does…what exactly?

  4. javelin says:

    Larry King is a bit of a lightweight himself– which is why everyone wants to be interviewed by him, right? I agree that Cooper belongs on location, but Joy Behar would be a great successor. Ryan Seacrest just seems like a Hollywood mouthpiece, I could never take him seriously.

  5. I’d be overjoyed if they moved Anderson Cooper up an hour. I stay up to late watching him every night.

  6. anna says:

    I’m surprised so many people find Joy unsufferable – I prefer her blunt-ness to the kiss ass stylings of Couric, Seacrest, and the woman that loves the Brange.

  7. Allie says:

    I think this report is bs.

  8. HarbinsMom says:

    I don’t think Joy Behar would be a good fit. She has a completely different style and she already has a show, so what would be the point? I would watch if Katie took over.

  9. Oi says:

    By show of hands, who takes Katie Couric seriously? I certainly don’t. She’s one of the biggest jokes on cable news.

  10. velvet elvis says:

    Katie Couric is just boring and over rated. Anderson Cooper needs to stick to real news. Joy Behar…while I enjoy her when she fills in for Larry…I can only take her in small doses. My vote is for Nancy Grace. I would love to see more of her style of grilling celebrities like she did Jon Gosselin.

  11. GatsbyGal says:

    Doesn’t really matter who he chooses. Once Larry King leaves that show, I don’t think many people are going to watch it.

  12. Feebee says:

    Why is he appointing a successor? Is the new person going to host The Larry King Show? What’s the point of that? King been playing softball for years, he’s irrelevant, I don’t see his appeal at all. Are things going that badly at CBS for Ms Couric… must be.

  13. What evs says:

    I’d like to see her fill in at least. He’s had Joy and ANderson fill in, why not Couric? Everyone thought she interviewed Palin well. But I think she’s too nice and won’t ask what everyone wants her to ask. Plus she’s mainly into politics, not celebrity figures. Larry King is able to ask hard hitting questions in a gentle way and he lets the person talk. Can any of them do that? Joy behar is blunt, which is good , but she also tends to mouth off about herself or interrupt too much. If she can learn to curb that, I think she’d be great. ANd I think Anderson Cooper is better focusing on political issues. When he interviewed Jolie, he seemed to kiss her ass. I found that interview with her incredibly boring, ANd he seemed uncomfortable during the intereview. So I’m not sure he’d be good at that. He should just stick with what he’s doing now, there is more credibility and respect if you stay in politics and world issues. Joy Behar may just be the best fit.

  14. Merridith says:

    Picking Katie would have been show suicide.
    Oh and I am raising my hand because I certainly don’t take the Katie seriously.

  15. westindya says:

    u need a personality. so, sorry katie.

  16. elvisgrace says:

    I nominate Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler! But those too are way more hard-hitting than King has ever been. What’s Ricki Lake doing these days?

  17. Tazina says:

    Katie Couric is too dull. I would never watch it if she was host. Joy Behar is yappy and annoying, talks over the guests on her current show, interrupts them with her own loud mouthed opinions – bad choice. I might choose Anderson Cooper as not a bad choice. I think Larry King is the best of all, too bad he has to retire.

  18. chshc says:

    No on Amy Poehler. Shes Tinas hanger-on. Her new show is even a rip off of Tinas.

  19. Tess says:

    Couric’s a bitter woman.

    As she ages that piched little puss of hers is revealing the inner ugly.

  20. Sue says:

    I have never liked Katie Couric. It always seemed to me she regarded herself more a celebrity than a journalist. She can’t be both, and I thought she lost credibility as a result. IMHO.

  21. casey says:

    “Larry King is able to ask hard hitting questions in a gentle way and he lets the person talk.”

    Oh so wrong…he constantly interrupts. He asks a question and before it can be answered he butts in. That’s one of the reasons I stopped watching him.

    And Nancy Grace!! Oh Please! Queen of the Harpies. The most grating voice on TV. Constantly telling the rest of the world how to live – so full of herself. She’s a bitter, nasty woman.

  22. Kevin says:

    I hope it’s Joy (or someone different all together), both Anderson and Katie are both a bit dull compared to Larry and it wouldn’t do too well if there was a platform change. Frankly, I think Cooper is a fantastic investigative journalist too. No need to take 360 away from him.