Katie Couric leaving CBS post

Katie Couric is leaving CBS Evening News less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast, the AP reports. No departure date has been set but her contract ends June 4.

What’s to blame? Ratings. CBS Evening News is well behind leader Brian Williams at NBC’s Nightly News and second-place Diane Sawyer at ABC’s World News.

But the former Today show host, 54, won’t be on the dole: She’s expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012.

Get your act together

After a disastrous outing in Detroit, Charlie Sheen went back to the drawing board, and the reception to Sunday night’s Torpedo of Truth show in Chicago was much better.

Nixed were the opening standup comedian, the militant call to arms, violent videos and rapping. He instead made it into a kind of Q&A a la his warped interviews with Good Morning America et al and received a standing ovation. Only a few people walked out.

But TOT is still a work in progress, the actor told E! News. “I don’t know if I start the show alone and it turns into this or I just stay with this ’cause it’s f–king working and we’ll f–king return to it if I don’t.’’

He plays BankAtlantic Center later this month.

Down the Hatch

Richard Hatch couldn’t survive Donald Trump. The former corporate trainer and first winner of Survivor, was fired on Sunday night’s Celebrity Apprentice. He just couldn’t keep up with the rest of his team when it came to raising cashola. The two teams — led by project managers Marlee Matlin and John Rich — mounted an art show of original works.

Jose Canseco left the show earlier due to his father’s declining health (he has since died).

Hatch is currently serving nine months for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million Survivor winnings.

Round of applause

Sunday was Miranda Lambert’s night. The country cutie picked up best single record, song and video of the year for The House that Built Me at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. She was also named top female vocalist. Other winners included entertainer of the year Taylor Swift; Brad Paisley for top male vocalist; Sugarland for top vocal duo; Lady Antebellum for top vocal group and album of the year; and Steel Magnolia for top new vocal duo or group and top new artist.


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