Katie Couric had felt ‘shaking’ after looking back at an awkward moment she shared with Denzel Washington.
If only Katie had done her research she could have saved herself a lot of “shaking”. Denzel doesn’t like the fake news media.
During her time as a television host, Katie Couric has interviewed tons of people but there’s is one celebrity interview that continues to stand out in her mind years later for all the wrong reasons.
Katie Couric, the famed journalist, 63, recently appeared on the “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” podcast, where she recounted interviewing Washington about his film “The Manchurian Candidate” in 2004.
During an interview with the “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” podcast this week, Couric recalled interviewing Hollywood A-list star Denzel Washington for his 2004 movie The Manchurian Candidate. The “Dateline NBC” interview quickly went off the rails when Couric asked Washington if “Hollywood folks should stick to acting.”
“I don’t know what Hollywood folks are, first of all,” Washington fired back at the time, according to Fox News. “Hollywood is a town that has some stars on the sidewalk. I don’t know anybody from there. So, I don’t — that’s like saying — calling you a ‘type’ of folks. I’m not a Hollywood folk. I don’t know who they are.”
Couric began to rephrase the question by saying, “Are you one of those people that –” but Washington interrupted her.
“Ah, there you go. Am I one of those people? Hmmm, isn’t that interesting?” he interjected, at which point Couric said, “Oh, stop, stop, stop.”
“No, are you an actor who would rather not –” Couric said, trying to rephrase her question again, but she was interrupted for a second time.
“No, I’m not that either. I’m a human being. My job is acting,” Washington said.
While appearing on the podcast, Couric opened up about how “uncomfortable” the interview made her feel.
“I think he totally misconstrued a question I asked and kind of jumped all over me,” she explained. “It was so uncomfortable because he was doing it with Meryl Streep…”
“I think he must have been having a really bad day because he later wrote a really big check to my colon cancer organization, which I thought was super sweet,” she added. “I love him, I admire him so much. He’s one of my favorite actors, but I remember walking out and feeling really kind of shaken that he had kind of gone after me in a way that was completely, weirdly uncalled for.”
I don’t know about you, but I love that Denzel did this. These reports should stary feeling “shaken” and scared to ask dumb questions.