Rumor has it that Katie Couric would like to occupy the "NBC Nightly News" chair if Brian Williams exits permanently amidst his Iraq story scandal.
Couric worked as a news anchor for NBC for nearly 15 years, leaving in 2006. She has experience in the "Nightly News" chair, having filled in for Tom Brokaw, Maria Shriver, and Garrick Utley, all on separate occasions throughout her tenure.
“Katie still has deep, deep contacts at NBC,” a source close to Couric told New York Daily News. “She would love to return as the ‘Nightly News’ anchor.”
“No one smells blood like Katie,” added the source. “She is like a shark. Brian is in deep trouble and this could be her chance. You don’t get to be as successful as Katie without being ruthless. Behind her is a line of bodies she needed to step on to get to the top.”
The “trouble” Williams is facing is the fallout from his admission that he lied about being in a helicopter that was shot with a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq in 2003.
The Hollywood Reporter said Saturday afternoon that Williams sent a letter to the "Nightly News" staff stating Lester Holt would be replacing him for an unspecified amount of time.
"In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” Williams wrote.
"As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us,” Williams wrote.
While Williams says he will return, it is unclear whether that will actually happen.
If not, the close source to Couric says she wants to be back in the “big leagues.”
“She wants to be back in the big leagues again,” the source said. “Her biggest fear is that they will go with a younger pretty boy like ABC did,” referring to new “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir. “She has already made it clear that she is ready to have a meeting and get back into NBC.”