Anderson Cooper Reports Larry King 'Trying To Get Katie Couric in the Sack'

The folks at CNN sure have gotten smutty this year.

In the wake of Kathy Griffin kissing Anderson Cooper's crotch on New Year's Eve, and Piers Morgan having a truly raunchy discussion with Chelsea Handler earlier this week, Cooper on Friday reported a 1980s date as Larry King "trying to get Katie Couric in the sack" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

ANDERSON COOPER, HOST: Time now for the "Ridiculist." Tonight, we're adding anyone, and I mean anyone, who doubts that Larry King is a lady's man. That's right, folks. I hope you're ready because you don't need Cinemax tonight.

Now first of all, you know I love me some Larry King. He's a friend of mine, a former colleague, and a great broadcaster. In short, he's a living legend. There's nobody like him. In fact, he's so legendary that the events in question actually happened decades ago in Washington, D.C. I'm referring to a date he went on with, wait for it, Katie Couric. Yes, that Katie Couric, who lucky for us, recalled the experience in vivid detail last night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

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KATIE COURIC: So I met Larry at this restaurant in Washington. What can I say, Jimmy, I was wearing a leather skirt.

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COOPER: Yes, we're just getting started. Katie, please continue.

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COURIC: So we're having a nice enough time, and we're driving home. I see we're going over Memorial Bridge. That's not the way back to my apartment. I go, Larry, where are we going? He goes, my place and I was like, mother of God.

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COOPER: All right, let's just stop right there because this is where I enter the picture because I personally asked Larry King about this date years ago. He was on my program promoting his book back then, and he had a completely different version of events.

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COOPER: You write about going out with Katie Couric a couple years ago in Washington, and you said, quote, page 127, "She invited me back to her apartment, I remember thinking, this could be good, this could be good." How did it work out?

LARRY KING: It worked out terribly because she had a roommate.

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COOPER: So that's what Larry told me that it was basically an episode of happy days in suspenders, but Katie says it just isn't so.

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

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COOPER: So what really happened that night when the stars were so close to aligning? Larry offered me a bit more detail.


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KING: When we got to the door, and I liked Katie. We've been friends over the years and she's really pretty, still is. She kissed me on the cheek, and I said, can I come in? I have a roommate.

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COOPER: All right, it still sounds pretty chaste enough. Let's see if it matches up with Ms. Couric's recollection.

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COURIC: So we sat there, and what can I say? He lunged.

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COOPER: Yikes, the old lunging Larry. So you ask, where does such an awkward night go from there?

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COURIC: 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 he said, that's OK, because when I like, I really like.

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COOPER: Larry, never failing to give it his all, whether it be interviewing Suzanne Somers or trying to get Katie Couric in the sack. Look, I'm a big fan of all of them, Larry, Katie, and for that matter, Suzanne Somers, who until now wasn't even part of this sorted little tale.

But you see some things just aren't meant to be as long as your Friday night now involves the image of Larry King lunging at Katie Couric, I think I've done my job on the "Ridiculist."

Honestly, CNN is quickly becoming the most lustful name in news.

Couldn't Cooper have referred to this date without the explicit "in the sack" reference?

Or is this conservative getting too prudish in his old age?

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.