(LOS ANGELES) -- The latest scuttlebutt has it all but certain that Katie Couric will leave her job as CBS Evening News anchorwoman later this year. Will her Today show successor, Meredith Vieira, follow suit and walk away from her own high-profile network gig?
The Hollywood Reporter and TV Guide are both reporting that Vieira is strongly considering leaving the Today show when her contract expires in September.
The Hollywood Reporter's source says, "There is going to be an opening; she's done."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vieira wants to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. A TV Guide insider says NBC is "doing everything they can to convince" Vieira to remain with its popular morning news program.
The network issued the following statement to the magazine: "The Today show anchors are currently under contract and firmly in place."
Both publications speculate that Today show newsreader Ann Curry would be a likely candidate for Vieira's job, should it become available. The Hollywood Reporter says other options include Today show correspondent Natalie Morales, NBC News' Savannah Guthrie, and CNBC's Erin Burnett.
The newswoman Vieira replaced on the Today show in 2006, Katie Couric, reportedly is expected to leave the CBS Evening News when her contract expires in June. According to TMZ.com, CBS will name 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley as her replacement, though TVGuide.com says a decision has not been made.
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