Veteran US journalist Katie Couric has opened up about her “uncomfortable” interview with Denzel Washington. Picture: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
Veteran US journalist Katie Couric has opened up about her “uncomfortable” interview with Denzel Washington. Picture: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Host ‘shaken’ after Denzel interview

Katie Couric says she was "shaken" by an "uncomfortable" interview with Denzel Washington back in 2004.

While on the Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino podcast this week, Couric, 63, recalled the awkward Dateline interview - which involved Washington, as well Meryl Streep, during a promotional run for their film The Manchurian Candidate - after Pellegrino brought up the art of celebrity and political interviews.

"I just remember leaving it and thinking, 'God' … I don't think I said anything wrong … I don't know what happened. Anyway, I think he must have been having a really bad day, because he later wrote a big cheque to my colon cancer organisation, which I thought was super sweet."

Couric interviewed the cast of The Manchurian Candidate in 2004.
Couric interviewed the cast of The Manchurian Candidate in 2004.


She said: "I love him. I admire him so much - he's one of my favourite actors - but I remember walking out feeling kind of shaken that he had gone after me in a way that was completely, weirdly uncalled for."

Couric was left ‘shaken’ by the interview.
Couric was left ‘shaken’ by the interview.

 

The Dateline interview involved Couric asking Washington, 65, if he agrees with the notion that, "Hollywood folks should stick to acting."

"I don't know what Hollywood folks are, first of all," he retorted. "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."

"OK, all right, well, let me rephrase the question," she responded. "Are you one of those people that -"

"Ah, there you go," Washington interrupted. "Am I one of those people? Hmmm, isn't that interesting?"

"Oh, stop, stop, stop," Couric replied, to which Washington answered, "No, don't stop. I heard what you just said. 'Am I one of those people?' No, I'm not."

Couric countered by telling the star, "No, are you an actor who would rather not -"

"No, I'm not that either," Washington added in response to being labelled an actor. "I'm a human being. My job is acting."

A rep for Washington told Page Six the star has no comment.

This article originally appeared in the NY Post and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Host 'shaken' after Denzel interview

Washington appeared unimpressed by the line of questioning. Picture: Kevork Djansezian/AP
Washington appeared unimpressed by the line of questioning. Picture: Kevork Djansezian/AP


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