Yikes, it looks like the quarantine has all these celebs telling extremely old stories to stay relevant. Journalist Katie Couric shared an awkward story with Danny Pellegrino while on his podcast “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” this week. The news anchor shared that once, iconic actor Denzel Washington made her feel “shaken” and accused the actor of coming at her in a “weirdly, uncalled” way. It started when the actor was promoting his 2004 film “The Manchurian Candidate”. The “Dateline” interview also featured Meryl Streep and the film’s director Jonathan Demme.
Couric approached Washington with a line of questioning that made him feel uncomfortable. One of the questions was how he felt about the saying “Hollywood folks should stick to acting.” If Couric had done her research, she would have known that Washington is a famous actor, but he has never portrayed himself to be the “Hollywood type” in fact he was born in New York and raised in Harlem. Did Couric ever think she was offending him with that question?
Washington replied, “I don’t know what Hollywood folks are, first of all,” said Washington, in an excerpt from “Page Six”. “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, however, wasn’t giving up, anything for those ratings, right? She attempted to ask Washington the question again.
“OK, all right, well, let me rephrase the question,” said Couric. “Are you one of those people that…” unfortunately, for her Washington wasn’t impressed with the way her new line of questioning was starting either. He cut her off abruptly, “Ah, there you go, am I one of those people? Hmmm, isn’t that interesting?” the painful exchange didn’t end there because Couric really needed to label this man for some off reason. Still, she attempted to re-set the interview by laughing off her poor question.
“Oh, stop,” said Couric with that TV ready smile. Little did she know she opened a can of worms that she lost control over before she even realized it. “No, don’t stop,” said Washington. “I heard what you just said. ‘Am I one of those people?’ No, I’m not.” Couric continued to re-set the interview once more with no avail. “I’m a human being. My job is acting,” said Washington and once Couric realized she was going to get nowhere, she moved on.
Regardless of that intense and extremely awkward exchange, Couric shared with Pellegrino that there is no love loss between the two, but she just can’t forget that interview. “I love him. I admire him so much, he’s one of my favorite actors,” she shared. “But I remember walking out feeling kind of shaken that he had gone after me in a way that was completely, weirdly uncalled for.” Gone after? No. Did she get called out for a shady line of questioning? Definitely.