Sarah Palin is making clear that she's taking her upcoming battle with Katie Couric personally.
The former vice presidential candidate and current Fox News pundit is co-hosting "Today" on Tuesday, while Couric is guest hosting on arch-rival "Good Morning America" on ABC. It's being billed as the biggest showdown between the two women since Palin's infamous interviews with Couric in 2008, and it's at the epicenter of the raging ratings war between ABC News and NBC News.
In an unusual move, Palin will be treated as a political guest during the 7 AM hour of the show, and will be interviewed about the 2012 race. Then, in the 8 AM hour, she will join the "Today" anchors and help host the program.
Speaking to Breitbart News, Palin didn't shy away from addressing the Couric-shaped elephant in the room. "Game on," she said simply.
The Palin interviews are the defining journalistic moment for Couric; she won the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for her questioning, and Palin's somewhat flustered answers are so famous that Matt Lauer even poked fun at her about them on Monday.
Palin has been very frank about her loathing of the interviews —and, by extension, Couric herself — over the years. In 2010, for instance, she called Couric "biased" and swore she would never be interviewed by her again.
She also mocked Couric when the latter left her post at CBS News.
Lauer co-hosts NBC's "Today" from 7-9 a.m.
Guthrie co-hosts NBC's "Today" from 7-9 a.m.
Roberts co-hosts ABC's "Good Morning America" from 7-9 a.m.
Stephanopoulos co-hosts ABC's "Good Morning America" from 7-9 a.m.
Rose co-hosts "CBS This Morning" from 7-8 a.m. CBS announced the addition of Rose and Gayle King and a decidedly focused hard news program earlier this year.
King co-hosts "CBS This Morning" from 8-9 a.m.
Doocy co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m. "Fox and Friends" dominates cable news morning shows.
Carlson co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m.
Kilmeade co-hosts Fox News' "Fox and Friends" from 6-9 a.m.
Scarborough co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" from 6-9 a.m. "Morning Joe" focuses solely on hard news and political commentary.
Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" from 6-9 a.m.
O'Brien co-hosts CNN's 7-9 a.m. morning news program. CNN's "American Morning" fell behind MSNBC and even its own HLN. The network recently announced the return of O'Brien and the replacement of "Amerian Morning" with two new morning programs.
Sambolin co-hosts CNN's 5-7 a.m. morning news program.