Katie Couric Found ‘GMA’ Guest-Hosting Stint To Be ‘A Little Bizarre’ [AUDIO]

April 18, 2012 7:28 am

Journalist, author, and news correspondent Katie Couric called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Wednesday to chat about her book “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives” and her “Good Morning America” guest-hosting stint.

On Guest-Hosting “GMA”:
“I have to say it was kind of weird, having done the ‘Today Show‘ for 15 years with Bryant [Gumbel] first and then with Matt [Lauer]. To suddenly be on the set of ‘Good Morning America’ was a little bizarre for me. I felt I was in a parallel universe, but it was a lot of fun and I’m glad I did it. It was fun to get back into morning television,” Katie says.

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On “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives”:
“About 116 people contributed to this book,” Katie tells us. Ryan was one of those lucky enough to get a page in the book to share his words of wisdom. “This is what Ryan contributed to the book and I think it’s excellent:

‘There’s a mantra I’ve lived by throughout my entire career that I think is one of the keys to my success: Say yes. Accept the job, agree to that meeting, catch up over a cup of coffee, lend a helping hand. You never know what the future will bring, so always make the best use of the present. I often get teased for having so many jobs and such a busy schedule, but, truthfully, seizing each of these opportunities has led to many others. And remember, you can always say no later — or so I’ve heard.’

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Was There A Common Theme In The Book?
“This should be heartening for a lot of people, because I think one of the most prevalent things is how many of these people have failed. So much of success is about being able to pick yourself up and be resilient,” Katie says.

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives” is now available in paperback with all proceeds going to Scholarship America and mark your calendars for the premiere of Katie’s new talk show on September 10th.

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