Katie Couric is reportedly trying to make a 'Today' comeback

Is Katie Couric trying to make a comeback?

The former 'Today' host wants to return to network television, according to Page Six, and has already been offered a deal. She wants to appear on NBC on a regular basis once her current contract with Yahoo expires.

The 60-year-old host appeared for a weeklong stint on the daytime talk show in early January alongside Matt Lauer while Savannah Guthrie was out on maternity leave.

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Billy Bush Net Worth: $9 Million

In May 2016, NBC News announced that Billy Bush would be joining the “Today” show starting in August. A co-host of the show’s third hour, he has at least temporarily lost his spot during his suspension. In addition to his on-screen presence, Bush's resume also includes radio work, as he hosted “The Billy Bush Show” and “The Weekend Countdown With Billy Bush.”

Matt Lauer Net Worth: $60 Million

Since joining the “Today” show in 1993 as a substitute news anchor, Matt Lauer has risen the ranks to one of the biggest names in morning television. Hired by “Today” as a permanent news anchor in 1994, he was promoted to a co-anchor of the show in 1997, where he has remained for nearly 20 years.

Lauer's work on “Today” and hosting "Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade" has resulted in five Daytime Emmy wins, and another News & Documentary Emmy Award. Lauer’s $25 million per year “Today” show salary earned him a spot on Forbes’ 2016 list of the world’s highest-paid TV show hosts, and his contract also includes an NBC-paid helicopter ride to work from his $15 million home in the Hamptons.

Al Roker Net Worth: $30 Million

Al Roker, co-anchor and weather and feature anchor, has been part of the “Today” show team since 1996. He’s won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on “Today” and during "Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade," and has been named Best Weatherman twice by New York Magazine.

Typically a jovial on-air personality, Roker made headlines in August when he called U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte a liar after his story of being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics fell apart. A video of him arguing about the incident with Billy Bush — a story he originally broke — during the “Today” show went viral.

Carson Daly Net Worth: $25 Million

Currently filling in for Bush as co-host of the “Today” show’s 9 a.m. hour, Carson Daly is the host of the morning show’s digital studio, the Orange Room. In addition to his “Today” duties, he has hosted “The Voice” since 2011 and his own talk show “Last Call With Carson Daly” since 2002. Daly’s gig on “The Voice" has earned him three Primetime Emmy Awards.

Dylan Dreyer Net Worth: $1 Million

Dylan Dreyer has been the “Weekend Today” weather anchor since 2012. She also serves as the substitute weather anchor and substitute Orange Room host on “Today” and gives weekend weather reports on MSNBC. Beloved by viewers, she was voted Boston’s Best Meteorologist in 2008, while working at WHDH in Boston.

Willie Geist Net Worth: $6 Million

Willie Geist has been hosting “Sunday Today with Willie Geist” since April 2016, and also serves as a co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and contributes to many NBC News shows. He started substituting at the “Today” show in 2010, before landing a permanent gig as a third hour co-anchor in 2012 — a spot he passed on to Bush in August 2016.


Kathie Lee Gifford Net Worth: $30 Million

Kathie Lee Gifford has co-hosted the “Today” show’s 10 a.m. hour since 2008. A morning show mainstay, she previously co-hosted “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee” — currently “Live! with Kelly” — alongside Regis Philbin from 1985 to 2000. Also an accomplished singer, playwright, songwriter, author and actress, Gifford has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, including “Difficult People,” “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” and “The Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.”

Savannah Guthrie Net Worth: $2 Million

In addition to serving as a “Today” show co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie is also the NBC News chief legal correspondent. She initially joined “Today” as co-host of the third hour in 2011, but was promoted in 2012 to fill the show’s co-anchor spot vacated by the controversial departure of Ann Curry. Guthrie’s “Today” show contract was renewed for at least another three years in 2015.

Tamron Hall Net Worth: $5 Million

Tamron Hall is a co-host of the “Today” show’s 9 a.m. hour — also known as “Today’s Take.” Additionally, she serves as the anchor for “MSNBC Live” and hosts “Deadline Crime” on Investigation Discovery.

Serving as another “Today” staffer to make waves during the 2016 election, Hall got into a heated debate with actor Scott Baio following his speech in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention. During a live interview, she questioned controversial tweets from the former “Charles in Charge” star regarding Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Sheinelle Jones Net Worth: Unknown

Since 2014, Sheinelle Jones has served as the “Weekend Today” news anchor. She’s also a substitute news anchor and substitute Orange Room host on “Today.” Prior to landing her “Today” show gig, she was a co-host on Fox’s “Good Day Philadelphia.” A champion for children and youth organizations, she received many awards for her community involvement while living in Philadelphia.

Hoda Kotb Net Worth: $12 Million

Hoda Kotb has been the co-host of the “Today” show’s fourth hour since its 2007 debut. A veteran journalist, she served as a “Dateline NBC” correspondent from 2002 to 2014 — and won a News & Documentary Emmy in 2010 for her contributions to the show’s “Miracle on the Hudson” coverage. She also won a Peabody Award in 2006 for her work on the “Dateline NBC” hour-long documentary “The Education of Ms. Groves.”

Natalie Morales Net Worth: $16 Million

Currently serving as the “Today” show West Coast anchor, Natalie Morales has held numerous positions since joining the team as a national correspondent in 2006, including news anchor and co-host of the third hour. In addition to her “Today” duties, she’s also the host of “Access Hollywood” and co-host of “Access Hollywood Live.”

Morales' journalist efforts have resulted in multiple award nominations and a 2007 Daytime Emmy for Excellence in Morning Programming, along with the rest of the “Today” staff.


Surprisingly, Couric's return to "Today" didn't move the needle when it came to ratings. ABC's "Good Morning America" beat the program in both total audience and the significant adult 25-54 demo for the first week of January.

While a return to NBC wouldn't be surprising, some things hang in the balance. She renewed her contract with Yahoo as its global news anchor in 2015 for $10 million, but it's unclear when exactly it's set to end.

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17. Anderson Cooper: $9 million to $11 million

Cooper has been hosting his CNN show "Anderson Cooper 360" since 2003.

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16. George Stephanopoulos: $10 million

The "Good Morning America" host renewed his contract with ABC in 2014According to TV Guide, Stephanopoulos signed on for a five-year deal.

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15. Chelsea Handler: $10 million

It pays to move to Netflix. The former E! host reportedly signed a $10 million deal with Netflix consisting of several comedy specials and a talk show for the streaming service. Handler previously made between $8 million and $12 million for her E! show.

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14. Shepard Smith: $10 million

The Fox News anchor renewed his contract in 2013 in a multi-year contract, which changed his role to managing editor of Fox News' breaking news division and hosting "Shepard Smith Reporting."

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13. Robin Roberts: $10 million to $14 million

The "Good Morning America" cohost received a big pay bump in the last few years. In 2013, it was estimated she made $6 million per year. Roberts has been an anchor on "Good Morning America" since May 2005. 

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12. Conan O'Brien: $12 million

O'Brien's switch to TBS has proved more profitable than some of his late-night network competition. He has been hosting "Conan" since 2010 on the network. In May 2014, O'Brien signed a deal to stay on TBS through 2018.

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11. Pat Sajak: $12 million

In 2013, Sajak told The Huffington Post he may be nearing the end of his time hosting the game show "Wheel of Fortune." But his time at the wheel isn't over just yet. Last year, Sajak renewed his contract through the 2017-2018 season.

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10. Jimmy Kimmel: $13 million to $15 million

The king of "Celebrity Mean Tweets" renewed his contract with ABC earlier this year through 2019.

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9. Jimmy Fallon: $13 million to $15 million

Since taking over "The Tonight Show," Fallon has been dominating in the ratings against other late-night hosts.

While Fallon is making more than he was during his last "Late Night" show, his reported pay still isn't quite the $20 million David Letterman was said to be making during his run. 

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8. Adam Levine: $13 million to $15 million

Adam Levine has been on "The Voice" since season one back in 2011. Though it began as a spring TV series, it now airs another season in the fall. The show recently started its 11th season.

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7. Miley Cyrus: $13 million to $15 million

The new celebrity judge on "The Voice," Miley Cyrus is reportedly making just as much as Levine.

Cyrus' salary is reportedly less than that of Jennifer Lopez's $17.5 million when she was on "American Idol."

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6. Megyn Kelly: $15 million to $20 million

Kelly is set to make $15 million in her last year at Fox News. The cable news network reportedly offered her more than $20 million to renew her contract. Despite being courted by rival news organizations, including NBC News, it became clear that they could not match Fox News' money, according to the The New York Times.

That likely means that NBC lured over Kelly with a broad, multi-year deal that would make her a star on its broadcast network — and hence give her a wider audience — with a salary landing between $15 million and $20 million.

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5. Kelly Ripa: $16 million to $20 million

Ripa took over hosting duties on "Live!" in 2011 after the departure of Regis Philbin and is currently searching for a new cohost after Michael Strahan's recent exit to host on "Good Morning America" in April. 

The morning show was renewed through 2020 in January.

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4. Bill O'Reilly: $18 million to $20 million

As of 2015, "The O'Reilly Factor" continues to hold the No. 1 spot in cable news ratings.

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3. Matt Lauer: $20 million

In November 2016, the "Today" host renewed his contract with NBC News for two more years for a $20 million salary, according to Fortune.

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2. Ellen DeGeneres: $20 million

Now in its 14th season, DeGeneres' syndicated talk show "Ellen" was recently renewed through 2020.

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1. Judge Judy: $47 million

Judge Judy is still the highest-paid celebrity on TV. Now in its 21st season, Sheindlin's "Judge Judy" continues to be the highest first-run syndicated show during the week with an average of 10.3 million viewers. In 2015, Sheindlin extended her contract with CBS through 2020.

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Sources hinted at a possible decision that would put less on Couric's plate, claiming "she doesn't want that kind of grind."

In addition to her gig with Yahoo, she also manages her own production company and produces her own podcasts and documentaries.

The journalist has bounced around from network to network throughout her career. Following her 15-year run at "Today," she became the first female solo anchor at CBS' "Evening News" in 2006. She then left the network in 2011 and had a brief stint on ABC's "Good Morning America" in 2012. She then joined Yahoo in 2014.

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