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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Katie Couric talks new ABC show, Donald Trump

Katie Couric announced she’s heading to ABC to produce her own daytime talk show, ending months of speculation over what the former “CBS Evening News” anchor would do next.

“It was so boring, wasn’t it?” Couric jokingly said on Monday’s “Tonight Show”of the constant coverage. “Our long national nightmare is over.”

Although the show won’t go on the air until fall 2012, Couric had some general ideas about her new project. “It will be topical, it will be live,” she told Jay Leno, adding that she wants the program to have elements from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and her former stomping ground, NBC’s “Today” show.

“I’m really looking forward to it because creatively it’s such an exciting challenge for me,” Couric said. “I’m better at interacting and talking to people. And synthesizing complicated subjects, I hope, and doing interviews that require some empathy.”

Although Couric, who signed off “Evening News” for the final time in May, was very diplomatic when talking about her former employer, she didn’t hold back on her thoughts about Donald Trump’s short presidential run. “He actually can be a very, very nice person with a good heart,” she said. “But I think he was just acting like a [another word for donkey] for a while.”

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