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Katie Couric heading back to the 'Today' show, report says

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Host Katie Couric attends a panel for "Katie" during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 26, 2012. (Reuters)

Katie Couric is in preliminary talks to head back to NBC’s “Today” — at least on a temporary basis, The New York Post reports.

Couric is a contender to sit in and co-host the No. 2 morning show while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, sources told The Post.

Guthrie, 42, is five months pregnant and expected to be away from the show for a few months beginning in late summer.

While the preliminary talks between Couric, 57, and NBC concern a temporary position, it could, sources added, turn into something longer term if she sparks an uptick in ratings.

The talks, if successful, could spark a sense of déjà vu for the veteran Couric. In 1991, she got her first taste of the co-anchor chair on “Today” when she sat in for Deborah Norville when Norville left for maternity leave. When Norville didn’t return, Couric got the gig full time.

Couric left “Today” in 2006 to become host of the “CBS Evening News.”

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