April 5, 2006 By:

Katie Couric will mark her 15th anniversary on the "Today" show this morning by telling her 6 million viewers she's leaving to take the CBS News anchor's chair. Talk about bling bling! NBC has already tapped ABC's Meredith Vieira to fill her early morning "Today" stilettos, the News has learned.

According to the Daily News: Couric will do much more than become the first woman to solo anchor an evening newscast with her historic move. She's also expected to contribute to "60 Minutes" and likely to have her own documentary team as well in a deal that The Wall Street Journal has reported is worth $15 million a year.

Couric, 49, is expected to make her CBS debut in the fall; her NBC contract is up May 31. Vieira, whose contract is up this summer, would also begin her new duties in September.

Matt started off by saying how this day has marked a special day many times over. Katie is the longest serving anchor in Today show history “I thought I started with it was black and white”

"Anything new?"-I wanted to tell all of you out there that after listening to my heart and my gut, I decided that I'll be leaving today at the end of May…It was really a decision made for many different reasons I know I don't know many of you personally but I feel like we've become friends You've been with me for some many times-bad and good I can't tell you how much it means to me that you have been there”

So what’s in store for Meredith Vieira? $40 MILLION DOLLARS! She’s on the verge of a $40 million payday to take over for Katie Couric on the "Today" show, sources revealed. The deal, which could be completed as soon as today, would put "The View" star on the couch of the No. 1 morning show next fall. That's about the time Couric is expected to take over as anchor of the "CBS Evening News."