Jeff Probst and Bob Saget, two of Katie Couric's suitors in the past, have heard about her radio interview during which she revealed their one-time dates. The "Survivor" host and the "Full House" actor admit in separate statements to Us Weekly that they did once go out with the former "Today" anchor.
According to Probst, he and Couric were set up by a mutual friend twice. The first time happened in 2001 but "the timing never worked out and so we never met," he opened up. "A few years later the same friend connected us again and this time the date was set. The next time I was in New York we would have dinner."
"What I remember most about the date is how nervous I was and how little I offered to the conversation," Probst recalled. "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 surface."
Responding to Couric's comment that they never saw each other again after the first date, Probst said "it wasn't lack of interest" on his part. "The only reason I didn't call back was the date was set up through her assistant and I never got her number. It felt weird to call her assistant for a second date," he explained.
The TV host, who's now happily married to Lisa Ann Russell, added, "So it never had a chance to be a romance. Who knows what might have been? But it's a date I definitely remember! I mean, come on, it's Katie Couric!"
As for Saget, he remembered, "I did a benefit with Katie Couric in New York and I went to dinner with her. She's a lovely person and we had a good time. I've seen her many times since." He said Couric later "gave me a hard time" about their ill-fated romance. "She told it on a talk show and I think she told it again," he said. "I think she's out of material."
Couric herself commented, "I can't say that I was devastated that neither called me back. I thought they were both nice guys . . . I don't think there was real magic there with either [of them], but I enjoyed spending time with them."
Two other celebrities, who pursued her in the past, included Larry King and Michael Jackson. She was forced to turn down the offer to go out with the King of Pop because she was seeing someone at the time. Now, she's dating financier John Molner. Her late husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42. They have two daughters together.