Katie Couric said goodbye to the CBS "Evening News" Thursday, ending her five-year run as the first female to anchor a news network show solo.
The anchorwoman paused at the end of the half-hour news program to reminisce about her time covering national and international news.
"It's extraordinary privilege to sit in this chair," Couric said, ending with, "to all of you watching, thank you for coming along with me on this journey."
The show broadcast a montage of "five years in five minutes," highlighting big interviews with former President Bush, President Obama, Michael J. Fox, General Petraeus, and other newsmakers. They also showed clips from historic moments Couric had covered, like the the killing of Osama bin Laden and the royal wedding.
Sarah Palin also had a brief cameo in the montage, but it bypassed the infamous series of interviews in which the former vice-presidential candidate flustered at questions about foreign policy and her favorite newspapers, considered a turning point in the 2008 campaign.
Couric announced her departure last Friday after weeks of leaked reports and speculation. Her name has been tossed around with the possibility of a talk show for ABC daytime next year, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Evening News" producer Ric Kaplan's move to ABC, reported by The Associated Press, fuels that speculation.
Scott Pelley will officially take over the anchor desk on June 6. In the meanwhile, rotating substitute anchors will fill in.