90 year olds of America, I have some bad news—it appears that Katie Couric will be leaving the CBS Evening News this summer, after her contract with CBS ends on June 4th.  The 54 year old anchorwoman replaced Dan Rather at the CBS anchor desk in 2006.

According to US Weekly, “the former Today cohost is expected to launch her own syndicated talk show in 2012.”  Couric was the first woman to anchor a network nightly newscast solo, and rumors have been swirling that she plans to bail on the anchor post by this summer.

“While a departure date has not yet been set for the highest-paid network TV anchor — who rakes in a reported $15 million annually — the AP reports an announcement could be imminent.”

In the meantime, CBS is refusing to comment on the situation:

“We’re having ongoing discussions with Katie Couric… We have no announcements to make at this time. Until we do, we will continue to decline comment on rumor or speculation.”

To which Couric’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, helpfully added: “Ditto.”

Couric was recently a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman, where she obliquely hinted that she may not be returning:

“’Once you take that anchor chair, that’s what you do,’ Letterman told Couric.

“’Really?’ she answered.”

So there you go, elderly news viewers of America.  This summer is going to be a rough one.

What do you think about Couric leaving the CBS Evening News.