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    Katie Couric
    Katie Couric
    Host, executive producer, "Katie"

    Couric Just wrapped a headline-making guest turn on ABC’s Good Morning America on April 6, her first morning-TV stint since leaving Today in 2006. But the host — who launches her daytime talk show Sept. 10 in 95 percent of the country — wants everyone to know that one job is enough.

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    “It was fun,” she says, likening her return to morning hosting to seeing an old boyfriend again. “You’re reminded why you fell in love and why you broke up. But I don’t want two jobs.”

    Her goal with Katie? “I want to have real conversations about important things but have fun, too,” says Couric, 55, the mother of two daughters, 16 and 20. She also will give her colleagues in the TV business some renewed competition in the booking wars. Couric already has begun the process of courting “some of the people I’ve had relationships with,” though she won’t tip her hand.

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    Asked whether she’s reached out to Sarah Palin for Round 2 of their oft-parodied 2008 interview, Couric says: “I think it would be great. I’m not sure she is as interested. But certainly, she has an open invitation any time she wants to come by.”

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