Leading up to the launch of her new daytime program, Katie Couric has been doing warm-ups at ABC News as part of her overall deal, including guest hosting “GMA” and hosting a royal family special.
But behind-the-scenes, Couric’s splashy gigs are rumored to be causing some tension with some of ABC’s veteran newswomen.
In the latest alleged tiff, Barbara Walters was reportedly “not amused” that Couric was granted rare interviews with Princes William and Harry in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last month.
Walters believes the royal gig should have been hers, according to The New York Post, and she “made sure ABC News bosses knew it,” a source says.
“The View” host dismisses the report as “total baloney,” telling The Post she has always been supportive of Couric, adding “she reminds me of me.”
It was previously reported that “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts wasn’t thrilled about Couric’s high-profile guest co-hosting stunt while she was out a few months back.
Meanwhile, Couric’s highly anticipated new daytime talk show, set to debut Sept. 10, has released the first promo of “Katie.” The hourlong show will feature celebrities, experts and “everyday people with extraordinary stories.”