"Since she's very conservative, was she going to say William F. Buckley? Was she going to say she was really influenced by the Bible? I don't know what she was going to say," she said.
"I've been privileged to lead an extraordinary life, one that I never anticipated," Couric, 62, said in a statement. "I've experienced so much, both professionally and personally, but have never really had an opportunity to reveal what was going on behind the scenes. I'm excited to share what it was like being at the center of so many historic events and game-changing stories. I'm also ready to talk about the fascinating and sometimes challenging people with whom I've worked, the radical transformation of my industry, and the heartbreaking losses I've endured. It feels like now is the right time to look back, reflect, and consider what I've learned and how those lessons might help others."