Katie Couric Joining 'The View'? Barbara Walters Replacement Rumors Go Viral; Will Iconic Host Get Fired From ABC Talk Show? [VIDEO]

By Stephanie Kristine Spencer September 13, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
Host Katie Couric attends a panel for
Host Katie Couric attends a panel for "Katie" during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 26, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

In light of poor ratings for the ABC show, Katie, insiders are saying that host Katie Couric will be soon replacing Barbara Walters as she hangs up her hat at The View.

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Although Couric just began her second season for Katie, it has been said that it will be her last as audiences simply are not tuning into the show. "They realize it will never be a success and ratings are down drastically from last season," the source said to Confidenti@l. "The ABC development team has been working nonstop on new talk show pilots and are looking at high-profile names to replace her, hopefully by January."

Reportedly not only are audiences not impressed with the show, but the host herself isn't either! The New York Daily News said that Couric was not pleased with the "gossip-centric" direction that the show was taking, and that she will soon make her way to The View.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama take part in a taping of the
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama take part in a taping of the "The View" chat show at ABC's studios in New York, September 24, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

"Katie may ultimately replace Barbara when she retires," the source continued, saying that executives ultimately prefer her on a panel rather than on her own.

"Execs are so concerned about publicly humiliating Katie by canceling her show in the middle of her second season that they want to put her on The View this year to slide into Barbara's chair," the source dished. "The feeling across the board is that Katie is rejected by audiences when she is alone, but on a panel show she's incredible, and even not liking her can work in the show's favor and her favor."

Ultimately, however, although rumors have swirled about Couric's debut on the show, Walters herself has officially denied that she will be her replacement. "I love Katie and we are good friends," she said. "She is always welcome as a guest on The View and I was recently a guest on her show, but there is no truth to the rumor that she will be taking my place on The View."

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