Katie Couric Explains Kim Kardashian Remark: 'I Didn't Mean to Hurt Her Feelings'

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Rather than fan flames of what could've been a social-media feud, Katie Couric said she meant no offense to Kim Kardashian when she remarked of her family, "why are they so famous?" 

Earlier this week, the ABC host was asked about the Kardashian phenomenon by a celebrity magazine reporter. "I don’t understand -- why are they so famous? I think it’s mostly teenage girls that are interested," she told In Touch Weekly.

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The social-media savvy reality TV star responded by posting a photo of Couric's baby gift congratulations card given to her and boyfriend Kanye West.

Kardashian, who welcomed a baby girl, North West, in June, hashtagged the image: "#IHateFakeMediaFriends  #MayIHumblySuggestYouNotSendGiftsThenTalkS--t." She also posted the note to Twitter, where it was retweeted over 1,000 times. 

Later in the same day, Couric replied in a statement that she was merely answering a question posed by a reporter.

"I was responding to a reporter's question, and explaining how I'm intrigued by the public's fascination with her family. I didn't mean to hurt her feelings. The gift is genuine, and I'm happy for Kim and Kanye," read Couric's statement to E! News