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Couric's old news...

Katie Couric has confirmed that she's leaving her anchor job at the "CBS Evening News."

Couric also told People magazine in a story published Tuesday on its website that she hasn't decided what she's doing next. But she says she is "looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling."

The Associated Press reported three weeks ago that Couric's tenure as CBS anchor would end just short of five years in the job. Her contract expires June 4.


Palin insider...

Levi Johnston is promising to set the record straight about the Palin family.

Touchstone Publishing has a fall publication date for Johnston's book, "Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs."

Johnston fathered a child with Bristol Palin, the daughter of the former Alaska governor, when they were teenagers. The pregnancy was announced days after Palin was selected as the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate. The couple broke up after the birth of their son, Tripp, and reconciled briefly.

He has had a contentious relationship with the Palins.


Not on her to-do list...

Although Fergie has a list of things she wants to tackle during her long-awaited hiatus from the Black Eyed Peas, being a judge on Simon Cowell's upcoming "X-Factor" show isn't one of them.

Recently there were reports that Cowell was considering the powerhouse singer for the Fox talent competition, which is due to debut in September. But in a recent interview, Fergie eliminated herself from contention.

"You know what? I think that it's a very committed job that you have to put your time into, and I don't think I'm gonna have that much time, but I love Simon, and I would love to do something like that," she said. "It's right down my alley, but I just don't think I have enough time to give, and I would want to give everything to those contestants."

Fergie is still touring with her Peas counterparts but plans to wind things down.

"I'm gonna get more into my charities. Charity work. I'm excited to do more of that. Give back, make it not so much about me, me, me, me, me," she said in an interview last week.


Paltrow's model job...

Gwyneth Paltrow is the new model for luxury handbag maker Coach, which she calls "the quintessential New York brand."

But the new ads will appear exclusively overseas in select European and Asian markets, where the company has labeled key places for expansion.

The first images will launch in the fall to coincide with Coach's 70th-anniversary campaign.

Coach President and Executive Creative Director Reed Krakoff said in a statement Tuesday that Paltrow has the spirit, energy and elegance associated with Coach Inc.'s leather goods, footwear and jewelry.

Peter Lindbergh shot photos of the Oscar-winning actress on a Manhattan rooftop for the new ads.

Paltrow has modeled for Estee Lauder.

She's also building a singing career and just released the cookbook "My Father's Daughter."

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