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Katie Couric Wants Sarah Palin To Be Her First Guest On New Talk Show

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Apr. 2 2012, Published 10:30 a.m. ET

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By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor

Katie Couric's new talk show, Katie, will be premiering this fall on ABC, and the former Today anchor wants her first guest to be former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Couric was the nightly news anchor at CBS when she conducted the now infamous Sarah Palin interview in which the hockey mom couldn't name a newspaper that she read, nor name a Supreme Court decision that she disagreed with. Couric is also co-hosting Good Morning America this week, and Palin will be anchoring the second hour of Today on Tuesday.

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"Katie absolutely wants another crack at Palin. Katie would be honored to have Governor Palin as her first guest on her new show, but she truly doesn't expect that she will accept the invitation because of the controversy surrounding the previous interview. Katie truly wasn't trying to stump Governor Palin and she would love to be able to talk to Sarah about what she was feeling in the aftermath. Katie didn't think all of the criticism Palin received was fair and Katie now has a platform that can allow her to delve deeper into the issues, and this would be a great opportunity for these two to move forward," a show insider tells us.

Couric did watch the HBO movie, Game Change, about Sarah Palin's journey as John McCain's running mate during the 2008 presidential election. "Katie thought that Julianne Moore nailed Sarah Palin's mannerisms. Palin allegedly had a falling out with one of McCain's aides after the Couric interview, in which Palin says that her credibility was ruined because of how she reacted to questions. Katie couldn't believe that Palin thought that her credibility was ruined, Katie was just doing her job and asking the questions the public wanted answers to," the source tells us.

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