Katie, 56, to an incredulous Jimmy Kimmel, on her one and only date with Larry King, now 79, after his quintuple heart bypass surgery in 1987 following a heart attack.
“I was about 30 years old and I was going through this period in my life that I was going, ‘I’m gonna go out with anyone who asks me because you learn something every time you go out with a new person.’ So I met Larry at this restaurant in Washington. And what can I say? I was wearing a leather skirt. He called me and he asked me out to dinner. So he picks me up at my apartment. He had a Lincoln Town Car. So I get in the Lincoln Town Car and he puts the tape deck, and it’s Jack Jones and ‘I’m a singer’ and we’re driving and we go to K Street. So we go to K Street to this Italian restaurant. … 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.’ I was only thirty and I couldn’t figure how to extricate myself from it. We walk in. It’s covered with proclamations. Keys to every city in the country. That was sexy.”
“So we sat there. What can I say? He lunged. And 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.”
Kimmel: “Someone from the Paleolithic era.”
Katie: “And he said, ‘That’s okay because when I like I really like.’ Larry has no memory of any of this. He tells a 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.”
“We went out to dinner, a nice Italian restaurant, we drove home, thought we were kind of romantic, we get to her door, in the apartment house and she said, ‘Oh, i have a roommate.'”
‘Then I kissed her goodnight and that was that. And we became friends ever since.”