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The Most Eye-Opening Bombshells From Katie Couric's New Book, Going There

10/27/2021 12:20:00 AM

The Most Eye-Opening Bombshells From Katie Couric's New Book, Going There

Katie Couric's new memoir, on sale now, has added a controversial new chapter to her legacy as a journalist and beloved TV personality.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg2016 interview for Yahoo Global News.Asked about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against Black people, the late Associate Supreme Court Justice called the move "really dumb of them." Like flag-burning, which is protected free speech, "I think it's a terrible thing to do," Ginsburg said, "but I wouldn't lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act."

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Though it was a scathing assessment anyway, Couric writes that in the finished edit she didn't include Ginsburg also saying that the players' actions showed "contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life." She was a "fan," Couric shares, and she wanted to protect the then-83-year-old jurist's reputation. Ginsburg, who died in 2020, had become a progressive hero to so many, herself included, and she felt that certain comments RBG made were "unworthy of a crusader for equality."

"I lost a lot of sleep over that one and still wrestle with the decision I made," she writes, noting that she failed in that moment at keeping her own personal politics "in check."Couric battled an eating disorder as a teen and young adult, influenced by her mother Elinor's unhealthy relationship with food. When she was attending University of Virginia, her mom would write to her to remind her to watch her weight. headtopics.com

"Starve, cheat, binge, purge—the cycle would take years to break," Couric writes.She also shares that the 1983 death of singerKaren Carpenterfrom anorexia-related heart failure deeply affected her and marked the memorable point where she started to break that cycle, though she was still plagued by body-image issues for years.

Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesCouric recalls a 1983 meeting at CNN, where she worked as an assignment editor, in which an unnamed executive cracked that she'd been successful "because of her determination, hard work, intelligence and breast size."

And when she was in her late 20s, she wrote, she went on a date with, who joined CNN as the host ofLarry King Livein 1985. (King, who was almost 25 years her senior, died in January. He was unmarried from 1983 until 1989, when he wed his sixth wife.)"The tongue. The hands," she writes. "The whole scene was such a cliché, I began to laugh and gently pushed him away." She told him she was looking for a man closer to her own age, Couric recalls, to which he replied, "No problem. But when I like, I really like." They remained friendly, she continues, and would share "a big laugh" whenever they ran into each other over the years.

Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty ImagesCouric alleges in the book that, back in the early '90s, her and husbandJay Monahan's live-in nanny—whom she refers to as "Doris"—"managed to grow deep, twisted roots into our family and my psyche, leaving me to imagine I couldn't function without her," and ultimately tried to sabotage her marriage. headtopics.com

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Moreover, in the book Couric accuses Doris of retaliating after her firing by drawing up stickers that said things like "Why does Katie Couric care more about her job than her child?" and "Why is her husband a pedophile?" and posting them—with Couric's personal phone number—in payphone booths and at rest stops in New Jersey.

Couric explains that the latter untrue accusation was likely inspired by a photo the nanny saw of Monahan taken on vacation, in which he was lying on the bed with the top button of his khakis undone "to give himself room to breathe" while their daughter Ellie played nearby. Doris also allegedly had made fliers with the picture in question and brought a stack to the lobby of the New York apartment building Couric and Monahan were about to move into, saying she wanted to warn residents that a pedophile was moving in.

The former nanny, whose real name is Nancy Poznek, slammed Couric's version of events,telling DailyMail.com, "I was extremely upset [by what she wrote]. This is going to be in the book forever, it's not true and I have to live with that all the time...If I ran into Katie Couric on the street I wouldn't look at her, I wouldn't say anything. Maybe before this story came out I would have but not since that. I don't want anything to do with her."

About the alleged retaliation with the stickers, Poznek said, "I didn't even have a car. That's not true." And regarding the fliers: "1,000-million times untrue."Jacques M. Chenet/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty ImagesCouric admits that her marriage to Monahan suffered as her star rose. headtopics.com

"My fame took up residence in our marriage like an overbearing houseguest," she recalls. "I liked it when people stared at me as I strolled to a great table at a nice restaurant...The bigger I got—the more I was photographed and splashed across magazine covers and gossiped about—the smaller he felt."

They married in 1989 and were together until Monahan's death from colon cancer at only 42 years old in 1998 (the reason Couric became such a staunch advocate for preventative screenings and had her colonoscopy televised in 2000). They had two daughters together,

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ElinorCaroline—or Ellie and Carrie, as they're familiarly referred to.In the book, Couric laments letting their marital troubles fester until Monahan got sick, which was what ultimately pushed all of their issues aside. And later, while she knew they had done everything possible to keep him alive, she wished she had done a better job at helping him die, at preparing for the end once it was inevitable.

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