The all-important February sweeps rating period is in full swing and Katie Couric has landed big stars for the week of Feb. 4-8, including Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper from “Silver Linings Playbook” and Charlie Sheen from “Anger Management.” Plus, on Jan. 31, Katie sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and talked about her “almost date” with Michael Jackson. She said that not interviewing the King of Pop was her “biggest regret.”
Katie joined NBC News in 1989 as a Deputy Pentagon Correspondent. She filled in for Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley and Deborah Norville on “Today” for two years and became a permanent anchor in 1991. Couric stayed in that position for 15 years until her last “Today” broadcast in 2006. She then moved on to become the new anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News,” where she worked until 2011.
Katie Couric’s nationally syndicated daytime talk show “Katie” debuted on Sept. 12, 2012 and was just picked up for a second season. It was nominated for a 2013 People’s Choice Award and the premiere was rated the third highest debut for a syndicated daytime talk show in the last decade, behind only “Dr. Phil” and “Rachel Ray.
Below are upcoming guests on “Katie” next week.
- Monday, Feb. 4: Bradley Cooper and the men of “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Tuesday, Feb. 5: Charlie Sheen
- Wednesday, Feb. 6: The Hayes and McGhee sextuplets
- Thursday, Feb. 7: Kerry Washington and Mike Tyson
- Friday, Feb. 8: Child prodigies
Concerning Bradley Cooper, Katie Couric claims that he opens up about his Oscar date, being the sexiest man alive and the moment that brought him to tears. Plus, he reveals the emotional connection he and co-star Robert De Niro had during the filming of “Silver Linings Playbook.” On Tuesday, “Katie” is all about winning and Charlie Sheen. She says that her interview is no-holds barred and nothing is off the table. The reformed bad boy takes the reins and even catches Katie in a hidden camera surprise.
On Jan. 31, Katie Couric revealed that not interviewing Michael Jackson when she had the opportunity was her single biggest regret. On Thursday night, she said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that she passed up Jackson’s dinner invitation because “I thought it would just be too weird and the tabloids would go crazy.” However, she now regrets her decision and told Kimmel, “I’m just sorry I didn’t have dinner with him because it would have been a fascinating conversation.”
Katie explained that she went to the Four Seasons Hotel, expecting to meet with one of Michael Jackson’s “people,” but was surprised when MJ showed up. “I met him and we sat and talked for about 15 minutes. He told me he was working on a screenplay about Edgar Allen Poe, which I thought was interesting,” Couric explained. “We said goodbye and I was hoping it was a positive meeting and he would sit down and talk to me (for an extended interview).”
What she got instead was an invitation to join Michael Jackson for dinner. She declined the invite and asked Jimmy Kimmel, “Can you imagine going home to my daughters, who were then 8 and 4, saying, ‘honey girls. I’m going out on a date with Michael Jackson?’” She told Kimmel that she didn’t need the negative media attention, but to this day regrets her decision because she never got her big interview with Michael.
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