🚨 POLL: Should Hollywood Stay Out of Politics?
Katie Couric came forward to recall an awkward moment she encountered with Denzel Washington, according to Fox News.
Couric appeared on the “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” podcast where she recalled a moment with Washington in 2004, while she was interviewing him about his movie The Manchurian Candidate.”
In the “Dateline” interview, Couric asked Washington whether “Hollywood folks should stick to acting.”
“I don’t know what Hollywood folks are, first of all,” said Washington, who is 65 today. “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 tried rephrasing her question, “Are you one of those people that –”
When Washington interjected, “Ah, there you go. Am I one of those people? Hmmm, isn’t that interesting?”
“Oh, stop, stop, stop,” Couric said.
“No, don’t stop. I heard what you just said. ‘Am I one of those people?’ No, I’m not,” Washington replied.
Again, Couric attempted the question, “No, are you an actor who would rather not —”
Washington interjected again, “No, I’m not that either. I’m a human being. My job is acting.”
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During the podcast interview, Couric said that it was “uncomfortable.”
“I think he totally misconstrued a question I asked and kind of jumped all over me,” she recalled to host Danny Pellegrino. “It was so uncomfortable because he was doing it with Meryl Streep…”
She noted that when she left the interview with Washignton she thought to herself, “I don’t think I said anything wrong… I don’t know what happened.”
“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,” the journalist said. “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.”