So it turns out even celebrities can bad first dates — they’re just like us!
In response to Katie Couric revealing on Howard Stern’s radio show that she once went on a date with “Survivor” host Jeff Probst (wearing puka shells, natch), Probst emailed US Weekly to spill all the (awkward) details.
“Katie and I were set up by a mutual friend several years ago. In
fact, I don’t know if Katie remembers, but that same friend originally
tried to set us up way back in 2001. … But the timing never worked out and so we never met,” writes Probst.
“A few years later the same friend connected us
again and this time the date was set … What I remember most about the date is how nervous I was and how
little I offered to the conversation,” he continues. “It was like I forgot how to go on a date. Like I was 14.”
“We talked a bit about her
kids and the challenges of being a parent to teenagers, and we talked a
bit about our careers and lifestyles but we never got much beyond the
He adds that he thought about a second date, but “it felt weird to call her assistant” to set it up, so “it never had a chance to be a romance.”
“Who knows what might have been?” Probst wonders. “But it’s a date I definitely remember. I mean, come on, it’s Katie Couric!”
That is pretty much the most adorable thing we’ve ever heard.