Katie Couric: Larry King ‘Lunged’ At Me On a Date Back in the '80s

February 1st, 2013 2:19 PM

Katie Couric told an hilarious story Thursday about her going on a date with CNN's Larry King back in the '80s when she was 30 years old.

Appearing on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Couric said, "What can I say, he lunged" (video follows with transcript):

JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST: You know, Larry King was here, and he said that he went on a date with you many years ago. I cannot believe that that - I refuse to believe that that is true. Is that true?

KATIE COURIC: His recollection is very different, Jimmy, by the way.

KIMMEL: What is your recollection of this horrible, horrible event?

COURIC: Alright, so I was about 30 years old and I was going through this period of my life that I was going, “I'm going to go out with anybody who asks me because you learn something. Every time you go out with a new person, you learn something about them, it's something new.” So I met Larry at this restaurant in Washington. And what can I say, Jimmy? I was wearing a leather skirt, you know? And so he called me and asked me out to dinner. And I thought, “Well that will be really interesting, having dinner with Larry King.”

KIMMEL [IMPERSONATING KING]: Katie, you're on the air.

COURIC: So he picks me up at my apartment. I lived in Washington. Picked me up. And I came downstairs and he had a Lincoln Town car. He was driving the Lincoln Town car.


COURIC: So I get in the Lincoln Town car, and he puts the tape deck and it's Jack Jones. “I am a singer.” And we're driving. And we’re going to K Street. So we go to K Street to this Italian restaurant. They put us right next to each other like they do to all the men and their “nieces” you know? So we're sitting there eating. And he ordered like veal poached in chicken stock because he had just had quadruple bypass, which was HOT!

KIMMEL: Yeah right!

COURIC: So he’s eating. So we're having a nice enough time, and so we're driving home, and I see we're going over Memorial Bridge and that's not the way back to my apartment. So I go, “Larry, where are we going?” He goes, “My place.” And I was like, “Oh mother of God. Oh God.”

So we get to his, and I'm like, “Dear Cosmo, what do I do? I’m in this frightening situation.” I was only 30. I just could not figure out how to extricate myself from it. So we go to his apartment in Rosslyn, right? We walk in and it's covered with proclamation Larry King day, keys to every city in the country, you know, like all over his apartment.


COURIC: That was sexy!

KIMMEL: You had to be careful because you’d wind up marrying him like that. You could have been like his 13th wife.

COURIC: I know, darn. So we sat there and, what can I say, he lunged.

KIMMEL: Incredible.

COURIC: And, and I almost started, oh, I love Larry, by the way. I do love him.

KIMMEL: Of course, who wouldn't want to have sex with Larry?

COURIC: I started laughing a little bit because the whole situation was like out of a bad Lifetime movie. So I said, “Larry, you're such an interesting, nice man, but I would like to meet someone a little closer to my age.” And it was like wa-wa.

KIMMEL: Someone from the Paleolithic Era.

COURIC: And he said, “That's okay, because when I like, I really like.”

KIMMEL: Wow. That is fantastic.

COURIC: Now Larry has no memory of any of this. He tells the story that we were going to go upstairs, but I had a roommate. I didn't have a roommate.

KIMMEL: He is a sly devil.

COURIC: It was the old roommate excuse.