Katie Couric’s new TV show “Katie” premiered yesterday, and her first two guests were Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow.
“We wanted to use (Monday’s show) as an opportunity to help people,” Couric told the Daily News of her decision have Simpson as her first guest. “We saw that Jessica hadn’t done any (interviews) and the struggle with her weight was something that I think a lot of women can relate to. Jessica was refreshing, honest and charming.”
Couric opened the show with a weird sketch in which she was filmed lying in bed, tossing and turning while dreaming about her career since leaving “Today.” She “woke up,” wondering if it had all been a dream, to find Matt Lauer lying in the bed next to hers and telling her it was definitely real life.
“I always thought that if Matt and I worked together again we could do some kind of a dream sequence,” Couric said. “That hasn’t happened, so this was pretty much it.”
Couric told her audience that the new venture was “both exciting and terrifying” for her and at the end of the show joked, “They say you always remember your first time.” She promised her audience, “I think I’ll stick around.”
In other Jessica news, today we’re getting our first look at a commercial as part of Jessica’s $4 million deal with Weight Watchers. Weird thing is, they never show anything more than her face! The commercial was filmed back in July, according to sources, and shows Jessica revealing how “tough” it is to lose weight.