CBS News anchor Katie Couric said farewell to “The CBS Evening News” Thursday night with a few words, five minutes of clips and then a few more words.
It was a classy farewell. “And now, as many of you know, this is my final broadcast on ‘The Evening News’,” she said, setting up the broadcast’s final segment. “It’s been an extraordinary privilege to sit in this chair and a real honor to work with so many talented people here at CBS News,” she said.
She then introduced a clip montage covering her five years in the anchor chair – something she called “Five Years in Five Minutes.” Viewers then saw snippets of Katie interviewing the rich, famous and notorious, and reporting from the world’s hotspots. Her interview subjects ranged from presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Sarah Palin. And on her final newscast, she interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Couric was also seen in the clip montage confronting Irani President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – who’s famous for denying that the Holocaust ever happened – with photos of dead Nazi victims. And in an interview with Clint Eastwood, she got the legendary actor and director to utter his most famous catchphrase, “Go ahead, make my day.”
Of course, Couric was never able to move “The CBS Evening News” out of third place, but, as the video clips demonstrated, there was nowhere she wouldn’t go in pursuit of a story. She was seen in virtually every location around the world where news happened in the last five years – including Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan, Japan, Haiti and the Gulf of Mexico.
When the five minutes were over, she made another brief statement. “And to all of you watching. thank you so much for coming along with me on this incredible journey,” she said. “That’s ‘The CBS Evening News’ for tonight. I’m Katie Couric. Good night.”
Scott Pelley takes over as anchor on June 6.